Climate change has been always been an issue, and it is progressively getting worse. I know, I know. This is a topic of much controversy, and I usually try to stay away from topics such as this, but it can no longer be avoided. We have to do something about it for our sake and for the sake of the generations who will be here long after we’re gone. The same way that we clean and care for our house is the same way that we should be treating the environment. Remember, the Earth is our home too. In this blog, I am going to outline some of the changes that our planet is currently going through as a result of climate change, and I am going to give you tips and ideas for how to do your part to help.
What’s going on in the world?
- Sea turtles and other aquatic animals are facing greater dangers than ever before. According to NASA, oceans have been experiencing an increase in temperature and rising sea levels, which changes the current of the ocean. This means that some animals are migrating to different parts of the sea, thus, introducing sea turtles and other at-risk animals to new predators. I believe that this is the reason for the increase in shark attacks this year. Think about it, in North Carolina, there were three shark attacks in June 2019. North Carolina typically sees about one to three shark attacks per year, and there has already been three in one month (Boston News). In the beginning of August, there were three shark attacks in just 24 hours (CNN). It seems that the sharks are moving closer to the shore in search of food because the increase in water temperature has changed the migration pattern of most of the fish and seals that the sharks eat.
- Snow storms in the summer. Yes, you read that correctly. On June 21, Colorado got nearly 2 feet of snow, making its mark on the first day of summer. CNN reports that the last time Colorado saw any amount of snow this late was in 1928. Furthermore, according to CBS News, a city in Mexico saw a hail storm that left them in almost 6 feet of ice on June 30. After the ice melted, the city was at risk of flooded streets, leaving the city and its people in more danger.
- Increase in temperature can affect human health. CNN suggests that an increase in temperature can cause wildfires and pollution, thus impacting our mental and physical health. As a result, we are increasing our risk of experiencing anxiety, PTSD, depression, cardiovascular diseases, and respiratory diseases. Honestly, I had no idea that extreme weather could worsen our mental health, but that’s all the more reason why we need to do something about this and fast.
What can we do?
- Recycle at work and at home! If your job or apartment doesn’t offer a way to recycle, talk to your waste hauler or your rental office to see about adding it. One phone call can lead to a major change, especially if you have a large office or apartment complex. If you do have a way to recycle, then make sure you do it! Do your research so that you’ll know what is recyclable and what is not.
- Use less water, especially hot water. Take shorter showers, turn the sink off while brushing your teeth, and wash your clothes in warm or cold water. It requires a lot of energy to pump water, and it requires even more to heat it up. The less water you use, the more energy you’re saving!
- Try planting flowers, fruits, vegetables, and trees. If you read my last blog, you know how much I love gardening. It has so many benefits, and saving the environment is one of them! Not only do plants give us oxygen, but growing your own food can reduce pollution! That’s one less trip to the grocery store because you forgot to pick up tomatoes last week. Now, you can walk to your own backyard and pick your own fruit!
- Walk and bike more! If you need to run to the grocery store and it’s less than a 10 minute walk from your house, choose to walk or ride your bike instead of getting in your car. You’ll get some good exercise in while also saving the environment!
We can help save our planet — we just just have to do it together. Vow with me that you’ll make at least one change to help conserve energy or reduce waste. If everyone who reads this commits to making one change, we can increase our chances of living in a better world.
“The most important thing about global warming is this. Whether humans are responsible for the bulk of climate change is going to be left to the scientists, but it’s all of our responsibility to leave this planet in better shape for the future generations than we found it.” – Mike Huckabee