The Clock is Ticking on Mother Earth
I'm not going to sugar coat it. Our planet is in danger and so are we. What's sad is that we are the ones that are slowly killing the Earth. A planet that has given the human species food, water, shelter, oxygen, sunlight, animals, nature. And how do we repay mother Earth? By destroying her.
Global temperatures are continuing to rise because of human produced greenhouse gases. The IPCC estimates a 2.5 to 10 degree temperature rise over the next century. There will be more rain and snow for the northern United States and less for the Southwest. Oh, and look forward to droughts and heat waves becoming more frequent and intense! Summer temperatures will rise and extreme heat days will occur every two or three years, instead of every 20. Hurricane frequency and strength will increase, sea levels will rise another 1 to 4 feet by the year 2100 due to melting land ice and warming of seawater(they have already risen 8 inches since 1880) and there will be increase flooding.
We have increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the air by almost half since the '60s. Arctic sea ice is shrinking and animals and plants are going extinct. In 2016 the Bramble Cay melomys (a ratlike rodent found in Australia's Torres Strait) went extinct. They are the first documented case of mammals going extinct from climate change. Ice loss is forcing walruses onto land in Alaska and the increase ocean warmth has caused coral bleaching.
Above is only some of the effects that climate change has had on our environment. Here's the thing, we aren't a lost cause. I mean, we could be, but I think most of us want to live on this Earth for as long as possible, so I refuse to admit defeat. Here are a couple ways you can fight climate change:
- Wait till you have a full load to do your laundry.
- Use e-billing instead of getting your bills in the physical mail. Paper bills generate about two million tons of carbon pollution every year.
- Use a laptop instead of an office computer. Office desktop computers are on 77 percent of the time, but are sitting unused for 61 percent of that time. A desktop consumes about four times as much power as a typical laptop.
- Use a reusable mug or water bottle. Using a reusable bottle instead of disposable cups can save 135 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per person each year.
In my opinion, these 6 tips are super easy to follow. I love using my trusty bkr glass water bottle (I'll leave a link at the end of this post if you're interested). Mine is a liter, but you can buy it in a 500mL or a 250mL as well. Try using your laptop as much as possible instead of your office computers. If you're still getting physical bills and aren't quite ready to transfer over to e-billing, then place all of your paper in the recycling bin!
If we all join hands and commit to changing a couple things in our everyday lives, we can make a difference.
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