You may be wondering, what is Climate change? Climate change is looking back to
the long-term movement in the weather patterns and the temperature patterns. These
movements in the patterns may be natural through our solar cycles (UN, 2022).
However, human actions have been the primary cause of the prominent issue of climate change throughout history. It was due to fossil fuels such as oil, gas, and coal. Currently in Canada many changes in the climate are due to the rising temperatures, the increase of dangerous weather and the continuous shifting rain patterns.
Why is climate change so important though? Climate change can affect human health and safety, the ecosystems throughout the world and our natural resources (Government, 2022). These fossil fuels burn into our atmosphere, producing greenhouse gas emissions that trap heat. These are from the gasoline needed to drive cars, as well as many other gases that cause our air to be polluted and cause what we know as climate change. Adding on to this, think about how our world would be in the times coming if the effects of climate change are not reserved. Some things that are at stake are coral reefs’ risk, the development in the water is making algae shift away from coral reefs, rendering them white and making them prone to diseases which then leads to death. Algae are the most notable photosynthesizing organisms on earth. They capture the sun’s energy and produce oxygen.
They form the base for most aquatic food which supports quite a lot of animals without algae; the base of the ocean food chain would be bacteria. Another thing that could happen in the future is an increase in flooding all over the world. Climate change increases the risks of more frequent and heavier types of precipitation since this risk is rapidly increasing so does the risk of flooding.
The arctic ice is melting, every summer the arctic ice is receding but still covers millions of square miles, but the problem is the arctic is warming rapidly than any other place in the world A loss of sea ice will also affect the largest animals in the Arctic: seals, walruses and polar bears. For example, Polar bears are constantly hunting on the ice and travelling from region to region as well. If ice melts, Polar bears will have to adapt to a new lifestyle in the summer which can come with risks such as other predators and the chance of interacting with humans.
Finally, as our planet continues to warm, some ecosystems may become uninhabitable for some creatures and plants. This is putting a variety of species all over the world are at risk, which can also depend on whether they can move or adapt (WWF, 2022). There are also many other things that could happen to our earth in the future such as an increase in heat waves if we do not take action to reverse the effects.
But we are a part of the solution, our impact on climate change comes from electricity to
transportation and even what we are eating. The amount of carbon dioxide that is released per year all around the world is 43 billion tons (TWC, 2022).
Here are some ways that we can reduce our impact on this world to make it a place to live. Transportation, choosing to not use a vehicle to get to someplace can reduce the number of fossil fuels that are emitted into the atmosphere. Riding a bike, carpooling, and walking can all help reduce the number of emissions that are in our air 4.6 metric tons of carbon every year is emitted by cars. To add on, eating low on the food chain means mostly eating fruits, beans, vegetables, and grains.
Dairy and meat are responsible for 14.5 percent of all factory-made greenhouse gas
emissions, owing to feed production and processing, as well as the methane developed by beef and sheep (Cho, 2020). Finally, by reducing the amount of electricity you use, you could think of using solar energy or turning off any lights you are not using (WWF,2022). Climate change is evolving every day, but us as humans can stop it by being mindful of the life around us to stop climate change and make it a better place to live.
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