Climate change is one of, if not the, largest problems facing humankind today and into the future. It has the ability to wipe out large swathes of land and its associated populations, as well as cause starvation, extreme temperatures, decreased water and food supplies and so many other factors that could be hugely detrimental to the human race, as well as the animal kingdom and the overall natural environment. Yet, inspite of all this its relatively forgotten by people and the media. Now this may just be me, but I feel it’s just ignored as a problem, as though it is too big to be conquered.
Now, it is a huge issue and one that cannot be fixed in a day or a week, it will take hundreds of years to undo what we have done, but that does not mean this cannot be changed and we can start to turn back the damages we have caused through our exploitation of fossil fuels, as well as deforestation and several other factors. Climate change spells very few benefits, even if there are a few, they are forgotten for good reason as there is over-whelming negative consequences. Yet why do people not talk about this? It’s not like it’s a small or temporary problem, its one that will get worse until we make changes, which if people do not know about, they will not care about and therefore will not make the changes necessary. Whats worse is that usually one climate change denier usually gets a lot more exposure than 10,000 scientists telling that it will happen and how it will happen.
More shockingly, for me anyway, is that people only think about this over-arching problem when every now and then we have an event hat may have been made worse by climate change. A flood, increased storms, these kids of events wake people up to whats happening, but only for a moment. Then the sun comes out again and they forget. This is an issue we cannot ignore much longer. Many say we have gone past a tipping point, and it would not amaze me if we had, however, this does not mean we can try to reverse some of the effects climate change could worsen. For many the economics of changing to a cleaner world is the big point that halts any change. Our lack of being able to see past the four-year political cycle I believe halts the long-term changes we need to make. Business and energy are huge contributors to the causes of climate change, yet only small percentage of each company is looking at renewables or changes to how they work to lower their effects, because right now it makes no monetary sense. That is incredibly foolish as in the future it will make a lot of sense, whether it relates to money or not. These people are vein in thinking it wont happen, or just selfish to think it may not happen within their lifetime so why should they care. It is this thinking that is halting any progress to a cleaner better future, a future we all need.
Big changes are needed and one again I am going o use that favourite word of mien, ‘force’. I believe we need to force changes, socially we need to band together and realise what climate change could do to the common woman and man, what it could spell for our children, and how it could ruin the lives of millions. We cannot continue to rest on our laurels and just think of todays energy prices, but force changes in how energy is created in the first place. Climate change will affect everyone, whether you have one pound in the bank or one billion, you may still be wiped out by its effects.
I believe we can make the current world return to a cleaner, more natural world, it will take time, patience and so much more, but it must happen. Like everything, that initial change is what is needed.