I have been a pain in the ass lately with the environment informative content. I have not been enough of a pain in the ass though. Informing people until it becomes something as clear as a water and fully comprehended, that’s my goal. *(not the best metaphor used based on what I’m about to say)*
In this post I will try to accumulate sources of info that everyone should be aware of. That is the first step. Education.
Climate change evidence
- Global temperature rise
- Warming oceans
- Shrinking ice sheets
- Glacial level retreat
- Sea levels rise
- Extreme events
- Ocean acidification (result of humans emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and hence more being absorbed into the oceans)
Why does it happen?
- Greenhouse effect (because of all the gas emission)
- Human activity
- Over-consumption & waste
- Solar irradiance
What are the effects?
- Temperatures rising
- Seasons changing
- Droughts & heat waves
- Food reduction, shortage of water
- Hurracanes & other extreme events
- Sea rise
- Decreased air quality
Tweet by Olsen:
Communities in Greenland rely on the sea ice for transport, hunting and fishing.Extreme events, here flooding of the ice by abrupt onset of surface melt call for an incresed predictive capacity in the Arctic.
What about our seas and plastic waste?
Ocean clean-up – The Great Pacific Garbage Patch action
- Plastic bottle needs 450 years to decompos
- A study conducted by a scientific working group at UC Santa Barbara’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), quantified the input of plastic waste from land into the ocean. The results: every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans. It’s equivalent to five grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world. In 2025, the annual input is estimated to be about twice greater, or 10 bags full of plastic per foot of coastline. So the cumulative input for 2025 would be nearly 20 times the 8 million metric tons estimate – 100 bags of plastic per foot of coastline in the world!
Now that you know a little something (which can be way more expanded, it just depends on your interest and good will), you are ready for the second step. Mobilization. Common reaction to what I’ve presented: oh fuck, that’s bad. Punto y pelota. Well this is where we are all wrong. Second step is actually what counts. What can you DO?
How to stop this from happening?
- Avoid buying plastic
- Plant a tree
- Use public transportation/bycicle/electric or hybrid vehicles
- Less is more – reduce consumption (to reduce production)
- Do you really need the things you accumulate and all that food you buy?
- If it’s FREE or ON SALE, it doesn’t mean YOU NEED IT. Think, for God’s sake.
- Talk about this & spread the message
- Today we are talking about climate change reduction – it involves reducing the flow of heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, either by reducing sources of these gases (for example, the burning of fossil fuels for electricity, heat or transport) or enhancing the “sinks” that accumulate and store these gases (such as the oceans, forests and soil).
- Goverments engagement – biggest actors who can introduce legal changes; push them to do something, or hell, climb the ladder and get there yourself. We need people with initiative, values and morales put in positions of power.
- Industry transformations; such as: energy, transport, buildings, agriculture, forestry, and other land-use sectors.
- Decrease CO2 emissions – all of the previous points should help… + what we could (try to) do: change/stop using any CO2 producers such are many vehicles of today.
Everything is here. All the information we need. All of the steps. But then we look at our reality and realise we are living in a capitalistic world that is sickening me more and more every day. Summed up nicely:
“Capitalism is inherently anti-ecological. Competition and accumulation constitute its very law of life […] In a society of this kind, nature is necessarily treated as a mere resource to be plundered and exploited. The destruction of the natural world, far being the result of mere hubristic blunders, follows inexorably from the very logic of capitalist production” Murray Bookchin
Why don’t we invest in renewable resources of energy? Because it is not lucrative for companies! That is to say, they don’t earn MONEY. I wonder on what will they spent it when there is no more clean air to breathe and water resources to drink from…
It’s not funny but… Fuck. I’ve been bitter for too long and instead I choose to be enthusiastic of the possible change and compassionate with all the beings that are trying their best despite of numerous assholes we are sharing this earth with. So from now on, lead by example, show how it is to be done, support and reinforce, but don’t be afraid to mention or advice against bad practices you witness. Do what you can. Try.
Thank you for reading this.
Sign the petitions:
https://mahb.stanford.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/deepadaptation.pdf – deep adaptation, a map for navigating climate tragedy
https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/148cb0_a1406e0143ac4c469196d3003bc1e687.pdf – May 2019, existential risk
https://toolkit.climate.gov/ – US info about how to build-up climate change resilience