Are ocean temperatures rising? Are the oceans warming? Are the polar ice caps melting? Is climate change really happening?
I’m not a scientist but most of the information I read from Greenpeace, 350.org and The David Suzuki Foundation suggests that we are having a climate crisis and it will get worse over time. Many argue that this has been the way since time began and that weather changes have been happening since the dawn of civilization.
Could the extinction of dinosaurs have occurred due to climate change? Are animal migrations caused by weather patterns changing forever? Could the warming of our oceans be damaging to fish and other wildlife?
Here is what is the reality. Man is responsible for the changes to our weather patterns and the change in our climate. We can’t expect that mass deforestation, pollution, and over population isn’t having an effect on our planet and our environment. The industrial revolution made things much more efficient for humans but at the cost of our planet.
Let’s look at some facts about forests and deforestation (from http://www.conserve-energy-future.com):
- Forests cover 30% of earth’s land.
- It is estimated there will be no rainforests within 100 years.
- Agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation.
Developing means of farming and agriculture is the reason humans live in the world they do today. It is a necessary means of survival, without which there would be famines all over the world. For thousands of years, agricultural was a natural process that did not harm the land it was done on. In fact, farmers were able to pass down their land for many generations and it would still be fertile as ever. However, modern agricultural practices have started the process of agricultural pollution. This process causes the degradation of the eco-system, land and environment due to the modern-day by-products of agriculture.
- There are more than 121 natural remedies in the rain forest which can be used as medicines.
- According to the Rainforest Action Network, the United States has less than 5% of the world’s population yet consumes more than 30% of the world’s paper.
- 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon forest.
- 25% of cancer fighting organisms are found in the Amazon.
- Deforestation has considerably stopped in places like Europe, Pacific, North America and some parts of Asia due to lack of agricultural land.
- Half of the world’s tropical forests has already been cleared.
- Poverty, over-population and inequal land access are the main causes of man-made deforestation.
For more information about clean, renewable and sustainable energy, please visit http://www.conserve-energy-future.com
The first step to creating positive change in the world is having the knowledge and the will to do something to create that positive change. Being armed with the facts allows you to go to your elected officials to do something about it. Let’s face it, without air to breathe, clean water to drink and clean soil to grow our food – we will not exist.
We are at a crucial moment in history. If people stand together and demand our right to clean water, food and a healthy planet – positive and lasting change will come.
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In the mean-time, what can YOU do to help? Here are some suggestions:
GO VEGAN – remember, agriculture is the major cause for deforestation. We need trees for oxygen. The less meat we eat, the less space for agricultural farming is needed. Raising animals puts a direct strain on our natural resources and is a very cruel industry for cows, pigs and all other animals.
RECYCLE – Used products that have been recycled. Support businesses that have green initiatives. Compost your organics and use it as soil. Don’t buy/use plastic bags or bottles – plastics are dangerous to all wildlife and may be harmful to you.
CONSERVE WATER USAGE – Don’t let water run. Fix leaky faucets, take shorter showers – let nature water your gardens or keep rain barrels and re-use that water you’ve collected to water your plants.
I may not be here in 50 years but that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t care about the fate of our planet. She has given so much to us and why should we not give back to her?
Together, we can make the world a more positive one.