Why should we care about climate change?

Climate change is a phenomenon which will affect future generations and not us, right? Many people live with the misconception that we can continue to emit greenhouse gases and deplete the earth’s natural resources without any negative consequences. When in reality there is a myriad of climate change impacts affecting nearly every person on Earth today; from alterations in temperatures, extreme weather events to world-wide food production reductions and food scarcity.

Climate change owing to anthropogenic sources has the biggest negative consequences towards vulnerable animals, delicate ecosystems and poverty stricken regions. A voice needs to be given to those in poverty who cannot communicate widely enough the devastating effects that climate change is having on agricultural crop yield and water quality. Changes in global weather conditions is giving way to an increase of vector borne diseases and malaria in poverty stricken countries such as India.

Not only do we need to care about vulnerable people, but by taking action to combat climate change today we can avoid costs for tomorrow. Reducing emissions of greenhouse gases will improve air quality standards, which are posing a huge health risk through respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses. The air pollution in China, a leading manufacturer of the world’s electrical, clothing and plastic products, has astronomical levels. Beijing has even reported air pollution concentrations 36 times above acceptable levels.1

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Investment into renewable energy technologies is growing every day, seen as the energy provider for the future as the earth’s resources are being increasingly depleted, helped by a growing competitiveness over coal with falling technology prices. We cannot go backwards on this topic, despite sceptical politicians, as the general public we must care about climate change and make our voices heard. We need to enact concrete actions to continue reducing carbon dioxide and methane emissions, whilst phasing out harmful hydrofluorocarbons (HFC). Despite the obvious benefits from reducing climate change it can also create jobs, financial growth, reduce poverty, help with education and improve health.  Not only does it make environmental sense, but there are also sound economical reasoning to care about climate change.

References

1Soft Pedia (2016), http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-Can-Forecast-China-Air-Pollution-with-Windows-Phone-App-New-Website-483998.shtml#sgal_0 accessed 12/02/2017

2 China imagehttp://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-Can-Forecast-China-Air-Pollution-with-Windows-Phone-App-New-Website-483998.shtml#sgal_0, accessed 12/02/2017v


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