Climate Change one of the key factors, that is transforming lives across the globe. Many choose to try and understand it whilst many are still in the darkest of its true impact and the role of men in influencing the intensity, rate of occurrence of climate change. You may ask what is climate change. According to the dictionary they give a good definition and an example to what it is:
“a long-term change in the earth’s climate, especially a change due to an increase in the average atmospheric temperature:
Melting glaciers imply that life in the Arctic is affected by climate change.”
This change in the earth has been researched before, and according to data from various organizations’ such as NASA, climate change has been occurring already for thousands of years. However, despite that it has been occurring for that long of a period the development of new and innovative technology has revolutionized or shall we say, changed the rate in which climate change is meant to occur and with the rate being altered this means the impact or effects of climate change are amplified and quite visible today. Due to the desire to harness more coal, oil and non-renewables the world has seen great increase in the pollution of the air and this in turn constantly increasing the earth’s temperature. The increase of this temperature has raised anxiety in most countries as they have faced disasters like never before. It’s such a concern to people to the extent countries are coming to an agreement the temperature below two degree Celsius. Why two degrees? You might wonder. If that number is reached or exceeded the catastrophes that follow are those hard to imagine more of a nightmare. As hunger will increase, droughts, disasters, migration etc. For some of the impacts mentioned people are already witnessing this the likes of the Maldives, Bangladesh etc.
One would then ask why the title: “the silent War”. The title is there for the very reason that despite the data which has been released on the fact that, with the existence of human beings and them developing they have played a role into contributing to the drastic effects and impact that climate change has brought. A man by the name of Criss Jami ones said:
“Man is not, by nature, deserving of all that he wants. When we think that we are automatically entitled to something, that is when we start walking all over others to get it.” ―Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality
Which is true due to the fact that people and organisation have developed selfish ambitious to gain power, wealth, success to the point that the will do it at any cost. One would argue that the work they do is great as it gives back. I would beg to differ when one contributes in exploiting the future of the children by participating in harming the environment in which they intend to live in years from now, then that is not giving back. Companies such as those in the business of vehicle manufacturing energy providers, industrial organizations’ for example have been playing a role in the pollution of the earth’s atmosphere and this work is solely based on advancing “life” however in actual fact it is doing the opposite. The more these organisation contribute the more temperature rise therefore resulting sea level rise. With the constant rise of sea levels issues such as food production is being affected, increase in diseases and poverty. These issues are real and the sad reality is people know about them. The people referred to here are those who in the business of building up industries that constantly pollute and add to the already existing threat. Yes, laws such as the ones set by the IPCC are there but it still seems as if people are taking it very lightly in terms taking action and actually start carrying. In the article by Frigid Digits titled: “Why We’re Polarized on Climate Change Despite the Polar Vortex” the same issues and more or less concern is raised. That being do people actually care about their own actions that are contributing to this monster to come.
With all this it is then so unfortunate for those who have to face it all. This brings me to a point I would like you to think and ponder on. People in the Asian region feel the pure impact of the actions that have been and are been carried out by individuals claiming to be developing the world. Countries such as the Bangladesh were a great concern of environmental refugees are increasing as people migrate from the south in search of dry land and land that they can secure and preserve and protect the lives of their offspring’s. People looking for lands where they can grow crops so they can continue to feed their families. Also, other countries such as the Maldives where currently they are struggling to provide all 80 islands with fresh water and not only that but live in the fear of knowing that with time the land they are calling home now will soon be engulfed by the ever-rising sea. Some of these countries have already faced these drastic impacts such the Philippines with Typhoon Haiyan, known as Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, was one of the most intense tropical cyclones on record, which devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, on November 8, 2013. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 10,000 people in that country alone. Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall. In January 2014, bodies were still being found. These are just but few examples which show what some of these nations have to battle with as a result of climate change.
Climate Change is not just a on day even that is going to come and go. It is a threat not only to the environment but to the very existence of humanity. It is a test to see whether people have hearts and care about each other. Climate Change is real and it is happening right in front of us, but arrogance and selfishness has consumed the best of us to the point have been blinded to see what we are doing. Take a look at this picture:
It is a cartoon yes. However, it does mean a lot when read. People being ignorant and perusing wealth and power regardless of the truth and reality in front of them. Like mentioned before these people will advance at the cost of anyone but to be honest no matter what one might think or view this the truth still stands. It doesn’t mean that if you are not experiencing what the Philippines, Maldives, Bangladesh etc. are experiencing you are safe. Climate change is like a cancer it takes time and it will grow and spread, eventually you will also feel its wrath so instead of acting and being oblivious of the truth that is, stand for what is right and protect your children and grandchildren’s life. This war against climate can be won by the amount of money you have attained but by standing and saying it’s enough. Stop exploiting the earth and its resources before it’s too late. It’s a matter of time when we have burnt all or even in the process of doing so that the greatest battle will befall us and we will not be able to run or change. IT WILL BE TOO LATE.
Do the lives of your children matter? If they do Why do your actions speak otherwise! Join in and stand for the cause and say no to pollution and the excessive burning of fossils. The lives of your children, our children matter.