Ticking time bomb


Today I write about an alarming topic.

  • What if I told you that by the year 2030, the effects of global warming would be irreversible?
  • What if I told you that we are sitting on a time bomb and each day counts?
  • What if I told you that you are a part of the problem?

Global warming is a significant increase in the Earth’s climatic temperature over a relatively short period of time. Simply put, the Earth is getting hotter.

The Greenhouse gases make the Earth hotter. Greenhouse gases prevent the Sun’s rays from getting back to the Sun once it has visited the Earth. Thus, the Sun’s rays are now trapped within our atmosphere. Unfortunately, we all put the greenhouses gases up in the air. Examples of greenhouses gases are Nitrous Oxide, Methane and Carbon Dioxide.

Why do we have this problem?

It began more than a century ago with the industrial revolution. Although that gave birth to a lot of the conveniences, we enjoy today this came at a heavy price. The smoke from factories are the clearest examples of greenhouse gases being produced at any one period.

Coming back home, the little things we like

  • littering
  • improper waste disposal
  • inefficient use of electricity
  • cutting down the plants at home.

All affect the situation gravely. To put bluntly, we continuously use more of the earth’s resources than it can renew.

Because of our actions and inactions

  • Crops will die because of the scorching heat.
  • Pests which kill crops will not by washed away by the rains
  • And when the rains do come, they are more powerful and intense than before.

Economically, sectors such as forestry, and fisheries will be negatively affected. The sector most vulnerable is agriculture. We will know the effects on agriculture sector are with us when we start hearing of famine and starvation on the news.

The demand for energy will also increase. This is because power generation will become less reliable and water supplies will also become stressed.

The consequence

If no changes happen soon, in our lifetime we could see an increase in

  • widespread flooding
  • extreme heat
  • drought
  • wildfires
  • and severe storms

In Africa, these problems would be aggravated

  • by poor infrastructure,
  • little to no education on Global warming
  • and the improper disposal of solid waste.

Now how can you help?

  • Dispose of your waste better
  • Walk more
  • Use the bicycle for short trips
  • Planting trees
  • Recycle
  • And most importantly pass on the message

Global warming is not a problem of the wealthy nations of the world. It is our problem. Which means you are part of the solution.

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