By: Amrita Singh
“ONLY WHEN THE LAST TREE HAS BEEN CUT DOWN, THE LAST FISH BEEN CAUGHT AND THE LAST STREAM POISONED , WE WILL REALISE WE CANNOT EAT MONEY.”
Environmental change is real and that’s evident. It’s high time that we realise the need for our actions and take steps to combat the environmental changes.
Repercussions of environmental change is widespread. Recently a starving polar bear has strayed hundreds of kilometres from its natural Arctic habitat into the Russia city of Norlisk in Siberia. It is the first polar bear seen in the city in more than 40 years.
Over the past few years it has been observed that Arctic has been reportedly turning brown. This, reportedly, has been credited to the extreme temperatures the region faces.
When you think of snow the first thing that comes to the mind is a thick white sheet of snow covering the area. However it was reported that this winter due to the pollution in Siberia the snowfall wasn’t white it was black making it toxic.
7 environmental change facts you should know :-
• Sea levels are rising at their fastest rate in 2000 years.
• More greenhouse gases are in our atmosphere than any time in the human history.
• Climate change will lead to a refugee crisis.
• Two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef has been damaged due to climate change.
• Earth could warm by 6 degrees this century.
• The PH of ocean surface water has decreased by 0.1, which makes them 26 percent more acidic now.
• The Arctic region may have its first completely ice-free summer by 2040.
Well, talking only about the problems is of no use, what is needed is quick action.
This year, The Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier in Florida drew 633 divers. The Scuba divers gathered trash from the ocean floor and, in doing so, set a Guinness World Record for the largest underwater cleanup.
For the first time ever, UK uses more reusable energy than fossil fuels.
The school strike for climate (also known variously as Fridays for Future, Youth for Climate and Youth Strike 4 Climate) is an international movement of school students who are deciding not to attend classes and instead take part in demonstrations to demand action to prevent further global warming and climate change.
This shows that people are making efforts to combat environmental changes but more awareness and actions are needed. The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.
So realise the wrong we are doing to the planet before it’s too late !
EARTH IS THE ONLY HOME WE HAVE !