Simple ways to cope with climate change


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Reminders about climate change drone on and nag, but are indispensable nonetheless.

Turning the lights off  for sixty minutes when Earth Hour comes is not enough to protect the Earth from its effects.

Large-scale projects are not needed to shield her from them. We can defend her in small, unobtrusive ways.

Why people should not ignore climate change

People cannot deny the stark effects of climate change, though they are indifferent to them. The Earth, and the humans living on her, are beginning to feel these effects.

Effects of climate change on the Earth

Climate change affects the Earth adversely in many ways. Heat waves, rising sea levels and heavy downpours have drastic effects on infrastructure, farming and fisheries. They compromise the Earth’s various ecosystems. A case in point is the over fishing of sharks, which endangers these apex predators. Conversely, it causes the shrimp and shellfish population to explode.

Increased rainfall leads to rising sea levels. This has a negative effects on the environment. It increases the insect population, wildfires, soil erosion and tree diseases. Increased rainfall, of course, leads to flooding.

As sea level rise, so does heat. One can never understate the negative impact of heat on health. Haze, a result of illegal logging in Sumatra, drifts constantly over other parts of Indonesia. The people living in the nearby countries of Singapore and Malaysia suffer from coughing, dehydration and other after effects.

Effects of climate change on humans

If climate affects the Earth, it will have similar, adverse effects on people. Our lives have already been affected by it in various ways.

1.Extreme weather events

It can lead to an increase in extreme weather events. El Niño can cause drastic, though temporary changes like flash floods and temperature fluctuations. Extreme weather events can.leave those who experience them feeling traumatized.  They threaten a community and leave tension behind in their wake.  

2. Health

Global warming and climate change make humans vulnerable to health threats.  In particular, respiratory conditions and diseases. Climate change influences agricultural production and the likelihood of childhood diseases. Deaths resulting from child under nutrition and digestive diseases will rise. It also affects the health and functionality of adults. The increase the likelihood of infectious diseases.

Humans cannot overlook the psychological effects of climate change. Extreme weather events displace communities and leave them feeling  traumatized.

3. Environment

Climate change invariably creates a negative environment. Warmer water temperatures compromise water quality. As sea levels rise, slate water will seep into groundwater. Water supply will decrease, affecting irrigation.

Increased extreme weather means increased precipitation, which falls, not absorbed, on hard ground. This rainfall turns into flash floods.  Evaporation also decrease the effectiveness of reservoirs.

4. Displacement

Weather-related disasters displace populations, causing many families to become homeless. According to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, disasters displaced more than 42 million people in Asia. It also increases conflict over limited resources.

Governments have already drafted agreements to cope with forced migration. A case in point is Tuvalu, which has drafted agreements New Zealand for phased evacuation.

5. Security and social impact

Environmental experts warn that disasters can increase conflicts. Limited resources may even result in armed conflict in the future.

Simple ways to make a difference

The little decisions humans make impact the well-being of the Earth. There are many fuss-free ways of preserving her and giving her the respect she deserves.

1. Change light bulbs

One way to do this is to change the light bulbs you use. Consider using compact fluorescent Light bulbs, which use a quarter of the energy of ordinary light bulbs. Energy Star light bulbs cost more initially, but have a long-term, positive effect.

If all households in the United States were to use CFL light bulbs, it would prevent the release of 13 million pounds of carbon dioxide into the air.

  1. Drive a fuel-efficient car

The car you use has a tremendous impact on climate change. A fuel-efficient car saves energy and releases less carbon monoxide. Getting a car tuned up and driving less helps as well. Tuning a car up improves fuel efficiency by half.

3. Control your temperature

Heating and cooling accounts for half your electricity bill. Older systems are less efficient than newer ones. Maintaining your heating system reduces heating costs by up to 10%. Making sure that air vents are clean will decrease energy use and costs as well.

4. Tame your refrigerator

Setting the thermostat lower on your refrigerator saves energy.  Older refrigerators are less energy-efficient than newer ones, so upgrade your refrigerator if you have used it for the past decade.

5. Use electrical appliances wisely

How you use electrical appliances can save energy. Install a timer on your water heater to turn it off if you do not use it after a time. Wash dishes by hand, instead of using a dishwasher. If you have to use one, turn it on when it is fully loaded.

6. Use recycled products

An obvious way to give the Earth a break is to use recycled products. Glass containers, aluminum cans and cardboard pulp help to save energy. Before you buy a product, check if it bears a recycling logo.

7. Plant smartly

Trees take in carbon dioxide, but also release it when they die. When planting, choose plants which soak up less water.

8. Buy organic products

Pesticides do not just kill pests, but valuable microorganisms that take in carbon. Eat locally grown products, because  there is less carbon dioxide released during their transport.

You are only one person, your small , simple acts can protect the Earth.

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