Why should we care about climate change?

Climate change symptoms can be seen from hotter and drier as well as wetter weather patterns. Not to mentioned, the sudden declined of natural gas consumption during the winder season this year the winter isn’t that cold anymore.

The rapidity of polar ice melting shifts the jet-stream weather pattern, leading to drought in California, and heat waves and super storms that clobber the Northeastern United States instead of veering out to sea. High ocean surface temperatures contribute to inland flooding and record snowfalls.

Such weather events, which take thousands of lives and cost billions, are among the most visible effects of climate change. Rising heat brings more disease and worsening air quality. North Atlantic fisheries and Northwest salmon populations diminish as a consequence of rising ocean temperatures and the breakdown of currents. In the Western United States, climate change reduces glacial and snow-pack melt, which leads to less drinking water.

The Ogallala aquifer, which provides groundwater to 40% of the America’s semi-arid Western plains, as well as water for agriculture, is expected to run dry by 2028. Yet the energy industry uses some of its water for hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” which releases natural gas by breaking up underground rock formations. Some suggest such activities creates additional pollution.

Other activities, like turning carbon-sequestering forests into farms and trading water and food for energy multiply the effects of climate change. “Environmental refugees” trying to escape the effects of climate change put additional population pressure on communities and add to escalating tensions.

Fossil fuel emissions withdraw uncounted “hidden costs” from the environment. Everyone pays for air, water and environmental degradation. The costs of doing nothing far exceed the costs of attempting to mitigate the effects of climate change.

As strange as it may sound, or as hard the fact is on our ego, it is us, human, whom knowingly bringing our mother nature to it’s brink of destruction.

And it remind me of a verse from the Holy Quran, Chapter (2) sūrat al-baqarah (The Cow) verse 11.

When it is said to them: “Make not mischief on the earth,” they say: “Why, we only Want to make peace!”

But we can change this, we can be . . . BETTER.


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