There have been some scary statistics flying around recently, following the release of documentaries such as Our Planet and Blue Planet Live, and further emphasised by the climate change protests that have been happening all over the world.
Still, not enough people seem to care.
I’ve written a lot on my blog about eco-friendly living and various products you can use to lower the amount of waste you produce in your household, but whilst it’s good to take the small steps to change, pretty soon, that won’t be enough.
Climate change is happening at an alarming rate; according to NASA, the average surface temperature of our planet has risen about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit since the 19th Century, a change caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide due to man-made emissions. To make matters worse, most of this change has occurred in the past thirty-five years!
Though this may seem to be a small change, it is having a huge impact on our planet. We know for a fact that the ice sheets are shrinking, so much so that Antarctica lost approximately 127 billion tons of ice per year between 1993 and 2016, and glaciers are retreating all over the world from Alaska, the Rockies, Africa, the Himalayas, and more.
“It may sound frightening, but the scientific evidence is that if we have not taken dramatic action within the next decade, we could face irreversible damage to the natural world and the collapse of our societies.” – David Attenborough (2019)
So, why should you care about climate change?
No part of our planet is immune from the devastating impacts of climate change. It is not just the polar bears suffering from lack of ice, or the coral reefs dying, or certain animal species going extinct due to habitat loss / dramatic habitat changes. Every single person on this planet will be affected by climate change if we do not all step in and start caring.
What about the good news?
The good news is, we do have the ability to have a significant positive impact on climate change as more and more people are opening their eyes and accepting that climate change is in fact a real and serious threat; but we have to act quickly.
What can you do?
There are so many resources available at your fingertips to educate you on climate change and how you can do your bit to help.
I have a fair share of blog posts on lifestyle changes you can make, and here are some of my favourite people to follow and documentaries to watch too:
Sir David Attenborough – an English broadcaster and natural historian
Greta Thunberg – a Swedish climate activist
Immy Lucas – a Youtuber / Blogger, and founder of the Low Impact Movement
Lauren Singer – an environmental activist, entrepreneur, and blogger on ‘Trash is for Tossers‘.
Climate Change – The Facts
Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashion’s Dirty Secrets
What do you do to support the climate change movement?