One of the most galling things about climate change is how we often contribute to it without actually realising it.
Climate change is a well known environmental issue in the twenty-first century, and basically refers to the process of the changes in the weather just as vital we understand our own individual contributions to actually begin having an impact.patterns. It is vital that we stop climate change now in order to save our beautiful planet and its inhabitants for future generations, and For example, the use of fossil fuels produces an extreme amount of carbon dioxide. This, in turn affects the ozone layer, which is needed for the regulation of the temperature. Fossil fuel use is rife within society, and often in our individual lives, but if the ozone layer is destroyed, and it is already partly damaged, excessive UV rays will enter the atmosphere, dramatically raising the temperature.
Extreme animal agriculture also contributes to climate change on a large scale. Tons of resources such as food and water are used every day for animal farming, which also produces tremendous amounts of harmful gases, such as methane.
Deforestation speeds up the rate of climate change, as 15% of gas emulsions are due to the loss of forests. Without forests, further issues arise, such as the extinction of wildlife, as the animals lose their homes and nests.
Unfortunately, most of us do not particularly care how unhealthy the planet will be in 100 years from now, but pollution is affecting all of us, right at this very moment. Even the air that surrounds us contains cancer-causing substances, increasing the risk of diseases such as lung cancer.
“Homo sapiens” translates to “wise human” from Latin. Therefore, we, as wise, educated and mature people, need to protect the planet. Every little thing can have a significant impact over a period of time and lead to greater changes.
A few of the little things we can do include turning off the lights and electric appliances when we don’t use them.
Recycle cans, paper, cardboard and plastic. Use reusable containers and biodegradable plastic bags, as well as hygiene products.
Dispose our waste thoughtfully. Turn the water off whilst brushing our teeth, shaving and showering. Wash our clothes in piles, and use the clothesline when possible. Bring our own bags when going shopping. Use public transport when it’s convenient. It’s that simple.
We can also reduce the extreme animal farming. Going vegan/vegetarian is a great choice for the environment, our health and for the ethical treatment of animals. However, if that is not an option for some, supporting free-range, RSPCA approved farms, as well as seafood from sustainable sources, is another simple thing we can do to make the world a better place for us, as well as for animals.
We can sign petitions against the construction of infrastructure near forests, and donating small sums of money to organisations such as World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to support their efforts to preserve the planet. You can also seek sustainably sourced wood products and palm oil products.
Most importantly, raising awareness and reducing our ecological footprint are the most significant things we can do to help the environment as individuals. The Earth is the only home we currently have, and we need to take care of it, in any little way we can.