WHAT IS CLIMATE CHANGE?
Firstly, let’s understand what Climate means. Climate is the average weather condition of a place over a given period of time. Don’t confuse it with weather, which is what’s going on in the atmosphere at a point in time. We can in other words say climate is what we expect and weather is what we get.
Climate change is the change pattern of weather for an extended period of time. Earth has a natural system of regulating it’s climate, this happens by a balance in the energy entering and leaving the earth.
Human activities are increasingly influencing the climate and the earth’s temperature. From burning fossil fuels to cutting down trees and waste pollution; these activities all contribute to an increase in earth’s temperature by releasing an excessive amount of heat into the atmosphere.
Climate change influences every fabric of our lives. From fashion trends to food availability, to health and new diseases down to even how we build our houses.
We should care about climate change because it affects our health, safety and future, and by taking small steps, like using less energy and reducing waste; we can help slow down climate change and protect our planet.
HOW DOES CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECT US
Climate Change affects us in the following ways;
As temperature rises, so does the intensity of rainfall and possibility of flooding. When flood happens, people are displaced from their homes, lose properties and sometimes their lives.
Changing climate means erratic changes in our clothing, accessible means of transportation and even available food.
It impacts crop yields and food production, leading to food shortages and malnutrition.
Intense heat and erratic weather changes are expected as the climate changes makes us vulnerable to unknown diseases.
CLIMATE CHANGE AND US: The Roles we play in Adapting to Climate Change
Reducing waste means using less and throwing away less. This is important because throwing things away can harm the environment.
Active recycling, helps to keep waste out of landfills, streets and gutters. It also helps us use fewer natural resources.
PREPARING FOR EXTREME WEATHER
We can prepare for extreme weather events like floods by clearing up all the wastes in our clogged drainage systems to prevent it from flooding.
EDUCATE OURSELVES AND OTHERS
We can educate our friends, family and community members about the importance of taking action on climate change and encourage them to do their part.
It’s time to take Action!