Climate is changing: Why aren't we?
Updated: Jul 3
-BY ABHIGYAN PANDEY
Why is it that Climate Change has been made to look glorious only on the papers and textbooks? Why is it that nature is taken for granted just to meet the greed of the people?
Demanding answers to these questions, let us draw our eyes to understand the importance of Climate change.
Climate change refers to the rise in the average surface temperature of earth which can be detrimental to the planet's health.
Scientific consensus concurs that Climate change is primarily due to the human use of fossil fuels which release Carbon Dioxide and other Greenhouse gases into the air.
Gradually, the gases trap heat within the atmosphere which can have a range of effects on the ecosystem including rising sea level, severe weather, or drought.
Effects of Climate Change
Even small increases in Earth's temperature caused by Climate Change can have severe effects. There has been an alarming increase in the Earth's average temperature as it has gone up 1.4°F over the past century and is expected to rise as much as 11.5°F over the next century signaling the profound magnitude of the issue.
Has Covid-19 extended a helping hand to nature?
The Covid-19 outbreak has jolted the world's economy leading to an unprecedented recession. While the virus has hit the humans hard, its sequential contribution to nature's economy perhaps is a blessing in disguise.
At a time when the majority of the country ordered their citizens to remain confined to the four walls of the room, nature was happily healing from the ailment rendered by human beings.
Astonishing facts and figures emerged as a result of the world-wide lockdown further bringing smiles on the faces of every environmentalist who are sick and tired of the greed system of the economy.
Around 2.6 billion metric tonnes of carbon dioxide which estimates about 8% of the emission of the year will never be released in the atmosphere. While air commutation through remained low, flight activity has dropped more than 80% in major hubs such as the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and Germany.
Ordered a complete "NO" by the government across countries fewer planes on-air and vehicles on road led to a severe drop in oil demand by 5% in the first quarter of the year.
Another figure suggested that there has been a considerable drop of 25% to 60% as far as PM2.5 contaminants in the atmosphere are concerned. It is to be noted that PM2.5 is dangerous as it is the fine particulate matter present in the air that we breathe in. New York, Sau Paulo, and New Delhi breathed a sigh of relief.
Though statistics are in favor of a better environment, however, these positive changes may become temporary after the situation boils down to normalcy.
Meanwhile, it is imperative for stakeholders around the world to establish policies that are environment-friendly for a healthier planet.
Solutions to Climate Change
Essentially, as the sons and daughters of Mother Nature, it is our individual responsibility to protect and safeguard our Mother Nature. In the words of Neil Armstrong, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step".
Drawing inspiration from one of the most successful people on earth let us take a pledge towards a pollution-free world.
1. Put an end to the use of plastic.
2. Prefer community transportation
3. Put a stop to the drop of water.
4. Use a non-conventional source of energy.
5. Spread awareness to save natural resources.
Hence, the time calls for a world where chirping and tweeting of birds dominate the noise of vehicles. Stand united to win the battle.