Imagine being cooked alive in a CO2 chambers or drowning in water of depth 8,047 meters. Both are scary right? But they will be inevitable in another 12 years if we don’t change now. It has been 16,000 years since human civilization has begun. And none of our ancestors would have thought that Earth will doom due to their successors who are selfish, greedy and ignorant.
Even though there are many common men and prominent personalities believing in climate change, there are many others denying the existence of it. They are either receiving high contributions or simply don’t have their senses working, including their common sense. Many of these ‘celebrities’ have been receiving funds from fossil fuel industries, and accepting climate change would in turn stop these funds, which is a huge loss, politically. Politicians like Sen. James Inhofe and Christopher Monckton have played a major role in turning down the urgency of climate change by claiming it to be a hoax.
According to Oil change International, Inhofe has received over $2 million in political contributions from fossil fuel industry. Monckton’s contribution to the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report in 2007 – earned him the status of Nobel Peace Laureate which he later claimed it to be a joke and was never meant to be taken seriously.
Nonetheless of what these deniers bicker, climate scientists from NASA have a totally different stand. As per the information collected from Earth-orbiting satellites and other technological advances, drastic climate changes have been occurring. Ancient, or paleoclimate evidences reveal that the global warming is happening at a rate ten times faster than the average rate of ice-age-recovery warming.
The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.62°F since the late 19th century, a change driven by increased CO2 and other manmade emissions into the atmosphere. – NASA
The climate change has led to warming oceans (increased by 0.4°F since 1969), shrinking ice sheets (the rate of Antarctica ice mass loss has tripled in last decade), glacial retreat (on Himalayas, alps, etc.), decreased snow cover, sea level rise, extreme events, ocean acidification and many more.
Carbon levels has crossed the limits, reaching 415 parts per million.
12.5 percent of the species on Earth will be extinct in the near future due to global warming.
After unannounced or unprepared natural disaster which arrives earlier or later than predicted post traumatic stress disorder was evident in the population who were effected.
So what do we do? Can we stop it? Can we reduce it? Yes, we can. We cannot stop global warming because it’s a natural process but we can reduce the rate by which it happens. Every change starts with one step. By using renewable energy, reducing the usage of fossil fuels, afforestation, walking/cycling around the neighborhoods, following three golden R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) and by educating and creating awareness among others about climate change, we can bring in a change. We can never change our fate but we can change our destiny.