As confirmed by Time Magazine, July 2019 was the hottest month in terms of average temperature ever recorded. The article further goes on to mention how the cause of this was ‘almost entirely’ the aftermath of climate change. Ever since the turn of the millennium, scientists are observing a rapidly increasing aggregate in temperatures. A major factor in the drastic increase in temperature is what we call the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect is when gasses such as carbon dioxide are excessively found in the air around us, these gasses trap heat waves from the sun, which directly makes the day immensely hotter than what it would be without the effect taking its toll. Global warming has led to evaporation of glaciers, heat waves, and even extinction of animals; it is a threat we all face indefinitely, and one in which we are all the culprits.
What causes global warming?
It is no secret that planet Earth is dying, and unfortunately, it is the residents of planet Earth that are killing it. By mass deforestation in the name of industrialization, we have significantly reduced the number of consumers of CO2, as we have cut down trees and plants trying to make room for our skyscrapers and malls.
The burning of fossil fuels is also known to release great amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, as we burn fossil fuels daily to produce electricity. The agriculture and farming industry is also known to produce greenhouse gases, as slaughtering cattle in mass amounts release gasses such as methane. A recent study conducted by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) suggests that 16% of greenhouse gasses exist due to just cattle and farming. The WWF further goes on to instigate methods with which we could transform the process of farming into a green, environmentally friendly one. The use of polythene bags and other non-recyclable materials also contribute to depleting the planet’s ozone layer.
A graphic illustration on what the Earth is facing
Our role in the green earth initiative:
As residents of planet Earth, we owe it to our home to keep it clean and green. We can battle deforestation by planting trees of our own and banning products that are toxic to our environment. Many countries across the globe have successfully banned the use of polythene bags, as they were suffocating our atmosphere to the point of our planet’s destruction. We can start using renewable sources of energy, such as solar and wind energy, in an attempt to reduce the number of fossil fuels being burnt every day. Banning pollution, killing of innocent animals, and cutting down of trees are also part of keeping the earth green. The WWF has also suggested alternative feeds to feed cattle in farms, hoping that it would reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses produced as a result of farming. Overall, just being cautious about everyday life, taking care of plants and animals, recycling anything that can be recycled, can take us towards a much greener, cleaner, cooler, and calmer planet.