Climate change is the only topic that should be in everyone’s mouths! Climate change can drive all species on earth extinct in a few decades if left on its current course. Currently, the effects are visible from instances from all over the globe. The climate is hanging by a thread, and the changes we’re seeing today result from human activities. Climate change will impact our planet’s ecosystems, human civilization, and natural resources in the years to come.
Global climate change affects every living thing on the planet, not just those who live in hot climates where temperatures might rise or fall by a few degrees during their lifetimes. We are all affected by climate changes far away from us – like melting ice caps in Greenland or Antarctica.
Take responsibility for your climatic sins
You might be wondering, Why is it your responsibility to care about climate change? Well, you’re reading this on a smartphone or a computer! The production of these devices entails using mining and manufacturing processes that release greenhouse gases. You also have electricity at your fingertips—which comes from power plants that emit CO2 into the air as a byproduct of making energy. In addition to these emissions directly related to your phone use (and its production), there are other ways in which our modern lives contribute to climate change:
Emissions from mobile networks
When you’re at home or work and connected via Wi-Fi or 4G/LTE, the data moving through those connections creates heat. More than 20% of the energy used by mobile networks is waste in the form of heat. When your phone gets warm during use or charging (especially if you charge overnight), it’s not just because it’s working hard; it’s also because of all the electricity needed for connectivity.
How You Can be of service
To understand how to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, it’s prudent to know where they emanate.
A full 98% of all greenhouse gas emissions come from human activities. These include:
Carbon dioxide (76%) – is produced by burning fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas), solid waste, trees, and wood products.
Methane (16%) – produced by livestock, agricultural fields, and other sources that contain organic materials
Nitrous oxide (6%) – emitted during agricultural and industrial activities, as well as automobile use
The remaining 2% comes from non-CO2 gases that trap heat in the atmosphere, such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) emitted in refrigerators and air conditioners.
Climate change is happening, and it’s not a hoax. Humanity is not prepared to deal with the adverse effects. We will perish if we do not change our gears towards preserving our gift from mother earth.