We’ve finally done it. We (as in you and I) have created problems on this earth that we should be unbelievably ashamed of forever.
I’m talking about climate change, which means global warming, or as former Vice President Al Gore calls it, the “inconvenient truth.” The earth is heating up at an unprecedented rate. Tropical diseases are appearing in places where they never appeared. It seems every summer the hot weather gets more unbearable than the last.
Please don’t take my word for it.
- As scientists point out the leading cause of global warming remains, overwhelmingly, the burning of fossil fuels.
- Global warming lengthens the fire season by drying and heating the forests. In turn, blazes like those scorching areas across the Northern Hemisphere this summer have a feedback effect. But human contribution, including firefighting practices, are resulting in bigger, more intense fires, and their emissions could become a bigger contributor to global warming.
- Several studies concluded that climate change created conditions that made torrential rainfall more likely, leading to several recent devastating flooding events. For example, Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and Hurricane Harvey over southeastern Texas both stalled, leading to extreme rainfall. Research shows it’s a global trend.
- As global temperatures rise, mountain glaciers and snowpack are melting at an unprecedented rate. Many mountain glaciers are in retreat, and some are in danger of disappearing within the next 50 years. If glaciers melt away, they can’t be restored. Areas that previously depended on glaciers for fresh water will have to seek other sources.
Climate change poses a wide range of risks to people’s health – risks that will increase in future decades, often to critical levels, if global climate change continues on its current path. Global warming, together with resultant changes in food and water supplies, can indirectly cause increases in a range of adverse health outcomes, including malnutrition, diarrhea, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and water-borne and insect-transmitted diseases.
Example: the people in the states of Massachusetts and Michigan have both witnessed deaths by Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes, and can affect humans, horses and birds, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The key aspects of climate change that affect these mosquitoes are increases in temperature, and changes in rainfall patterns. And an increase in precipitation generally increases the potential egg-laying and larval habitat for mosquitoes in the environment.
Ok, enough with the bad news. What can we do to help reduce global warming? There is a myriad of ways, but here are my favorites:
- PLANT A TREE
- Plant a vegetable or community garden
- Wash clothes in COLD water
- Hang dry your clothes
- Use a rain barrel for lawn and gardens
- Buy LED lights
- Eat less meat
- Bring your own shopping bags to stores
- Get solar panels
Hope this helped. It certainly helped me.