“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Dr. Jane Goodall, Scientist & Activist.
What is climate change? Climate change is global warming driven by human emissions of greenhouse gases, which results in massive-scale shifts in weather patterns. There were climate change periods before too, but since the mid 20th century they have drastically increased and the major reason for this is “HUMAN ACTIVITIES.” Earth’s average temperature has continuously been increasing since the mid 20th century due to human activities, and one of the major activities is the extensive use of fossil fuels. Human activity has caused climate change to be not disputed by any scientific body of national or international standing. The largest driver has been the emission of greenhouse gases, of which more than 90% are carbon dioxide and methane gases. Humans require more energy than what we needed yesterday, which is because of the continuous increase in population on Earth. Fossil fuels are the primary energy source right now, but that does not mean we uncontrollably utilise them. Every action must judiciously take place.
Sea levels are rising and oceans are becoming warmer. Longer, more intense droughts threaten crops, wildlife and freshwater supplies. From polar bears in the Arctic to marine turtles off Africa’s coast, our planet’s diversity of life is at risk from the changing climate.
It’s our responsibility to protect Earth. The steps to prevent climate change is not that hard, but the only thing is each human must follow these steps. The basic step is the 3 R’s ( reduce, reuse, and recycle ). The other steps are: power your home with renewable energy, invest in energy-efficient appliances, reduce water waste, pull the plug(s), shrink your carbon profile. When a person follows at least one of these steps, he adds a few more years to the Earth.
“Adults keep saying we owe it to the young people, to give them hope, but I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.” – Greta Thunberg, 17 year-old Swedish Activist.