Governments and Countries around the world are declaring Climate Emergencies in an effort to Protect Endangered Species and our Planet.
What is Global Warming?
Global warming is where the temperature of the earths atmosphere gradually increases and the general consensus from scientists that this is caused by the greenhouse effect, caused by increasing carbon dioxide levels, along with other pollutants. According to recent research, 97% of climate experts agree that humans are causing global warming. These higher temperatures are leading to glaciers melting and sea ice receding, which has lead to higher sea levels. The ocean also absorbs a lot of the excessive heat from greenhouse gas emissions which has resulted in a rise in sea temperatures.
What are the effects of Sea Temperatures Rising?
Scientist believe that the oceans temperature is rising faster than previously thought. These changes in the ocean can have terrible consequences:
One of the main consequences is higher sea levels, as the water warms up it expands which in turn causes flooding along with shoreline and coastal erosion.
Coral bleaching is one of the more visible aspects of warming seas. An increase in the temperatures on the reefs lead to stress response which can lead to a mass coral death.
Increase in bigger and worse storms. Scientist believe that as a result of global warming we will experience more extreme and unpredictable storms. We have already seen some of these over the last few years with storms and flooding becoming more and more common.
The increased sea temperature around the world can affect the behaviour and life cycles of many marine animals. For example, the sex of sea turtle hatchlings is determined by the temperature of the nest, warmer temperatures produce females and colder will produce males.
- With the ocean absorbing more CO2 we see an increase in ocean acidification. This makes it harder for many sea creatures to breath as they find it harder to extract oxygen from the water due to excessive acidification. Other creatures such as coral and shellfish will find it more difficult to build their calcium carbonate shells.
How can you help fight global warming?
Here are some of the top ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint and in turn reduce your impact on global warming as well as improving your lifestyle and saving you money:
Drive less - Try taking public transport to work, or if you are able to walk or cycle give that a go and ditch the car.
Reducing your plastic waste and reducing the amount of waste you send to landfills.
Support the climate protests and the young people involved in them, fighting for a better future.
Eating Less Meat - Read more about eating better for the planet here.
Support and advocate for renewable, green energy.
Flying less is the number 1 way you can cut your carbon footprint!
- Conserve and use energy wisely at home. Be sure to turn electronics off at the plug and avoid leaving things on standby.
You can also sign the petition started by Dennis Mendoza-Reyes demanding that our leaders stand up and pay attention to one of the biggest threats that our planet is facing and to take action.