Global warming is occurring at a pace faster than previously predicted. Human influence on the climate system is increasingly evident. Our actions are creating irreversible impacts on our planet. We are already witnesses to catastrophic events of unpredictable weather patterns which are causing unprecedented cyclone, forest fires, droughts & famines. We are also witness to tectonic shifts in planetary conditions like melting glaciers, polar ice caps and ocean acidification.
ACTIVITIES CAUSING CLIMATE CHANGE
The primary source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions is burning of fossil fuels. Consumption of fossil fuel releases carbon content trapped in fuel that has developed over million of years.
Deforestation & Land
Natural carbon is stored in our forests over centuries. Increasing deforestation for commercial purposes, has resulted in the release of carbon into the atmosphere that accelerates climate change.
Livestock Farming & Agriculture
Livestock farming, especially cattle rearing, is the cause of natural release of GHG emissions. These emission sources are primarily from feed production & processing, digestion and manure decomposition.
Industrial processes primarily include production of chemicals, iron, steel and cement. These release emissions directly through the process or indirectly through the equipment which are not only harmful for us but also for the Earth.
HOW DOES CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECT YOU?
Increasing droughts, extreme heat waves, unprecedented rainfall causing floods, increasing cyclones and melting glaciers - An ever increasing number of occurrences of extreme climatic events are taking place and we must take note.
Our oceans act as natural carbon sinks that absorb huge amounts of carbon dioxide, and prevent CO2 from reaching the atmosphere. Increasing water temperatures and CO2 concentrations are making our oceans more acidic.
Over-population and industrialization have resulted in the scarcity of natural resources through over-exploitation of fuel, food and water resources. Our consumption pattern has exceeded nature's capacity to replenish resources.
The number of climate refugees are on the rise. Sudden climatic changes adversely affect people's lives and living conditions, which has caused them to leave their homes, either temporarily or permanently, and move within their country or abroad.