There is no planet B: Be aware of the climate problem and how to help!
What is the problem with the climate.
The earth is having a hard time both with the population on earth, in addition you also have the ever-deteriorating climate! The earth currently has 7.7 billion inhabitants. According to UN predictions, we will have 11.2 billion inhabitants at the end of the century, and this can sometimes be difficult for mother nature, because we humans are increasingly looking for a simplifying way of life such as: showering, cooking, driving, flying etc.
All of the aforementioned ways of making life easier also come with a disadvantage! And that is that more and more greenhouse gases end up in our atmosphere! This is mostly due to the combustion of Fossil Fuels. Our households need electricity, heating and transportation, but these things require energy. This energy comes from: Coal, Oil and Gas and for these three things you need Fossil Fuel.
Co2 is released when burning fossil fuel. Co2 is naturally in our air, this ensures that the heat is retained on earth, but nowadays people emit so much that (too much) Co2 ends up in the air. As a result, a (too high) percentage of CO2 in the air of which nature is not happy, because it is getting too hot and negative effects are taking place for humanity and nature. Consider the drought season too long, which means that many harvests fail.
The common goal is that global warming is limited to 1.5 degrees at the end of the century. Yet it seems negligible to be a warming of 1.5 and 2 degrees, but nothing is what it seems. The consequences of warming to a higher number of degrees can have irreversible consequences.
First of all you can think of a rise in sea level. It is certain that the sea level will rise in the coming years. This will have an annoying effect for many people, bear in mind that people can lose their house and that with an increase of no less than 0.5 degrees.
Drinking water will also deteriorate when the climate deteriorates! Although the sea level rises the drinking water decreases. With drinking water we see a big difference when we look at a warming of 1.5 degrees compared to a warming of 2 degrees. Drinking water will have a drop of 9 percent with a warming of 1.5 degrees, but when you look at how big the drop will be with 2 degrees you see a big difference and that is that the tap water will drop by no less than 17 percent!
A shortage of drinking water will have consequences, for example an immense refugee stream of sensory groups that are looking for potable water.
A large part of our food is imported from other countries. You can think of Brazil among others. Here the number of agricultural land for food supply has increased tenfold in recent years! Hereby something precious is lost and that is nature! Think of the trees. Because of the disappearance of trees, less CO2 is now being held, which means more CO2 remains in the air and this is a bad thing! Because of this deforestation, more than just trees disappear, think of the animals!
(For more information about the consequences of too much CO2 in the atmosphere you can click on the link)
How can a person contribute to an improvement for the environment?
We humans now eat much more industrial meat. To prepare this meat for the consumer a lot of energy is used and as you can read above it has a negative effect on our climate! For example, you can start to reduce meat consumption instead of eating meat 5 times a week, you can go back to 2 times a week, and you now also have organic meat substitutes, which you could also start consuming and thus contribute to a better climate!
If you want to be good for the climate, you can gather information about meat substitutes. Nowadays you have many meat substitutes. These are very similar to real meat and have a taste that is very close. The great thing about meat substitutes is that they often contain the same building materials that you need as a person and, in addition, they are also more environmentally friendly!
Petra from @veganistasmile helped us with a list of substitutes you can find in a Dutch supermarket: pulled oats (also soja free), Chick Free from Naturli. Oesterzwamburger & Quinoa burger from Albert Heijn. Champignons are also great substitutes and you can plant them in your own garden (google sets to plant champignons).
(For more information about how you can contribute to a better nature, click on the link)
By: Jelle de Groot
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