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We Have Limited Time To Reduce Deforestation And Save Our Earth

“The trees are tongue-less”

Almost everyone has heard that we are losing our forest tracts rapidly every coming year.  The reasons are many and some of them are controllable. These trees, which provide us oxygen, are extremely important for our biodiversity. Earth has to have life on it. So why don’t we care about saving our lives indirectly? Rather the question is how to stop deforestation?

The tropical rainforest is having over 210 Gigatons of Carbon stocked up within its trees. Therefore, when those trees are cut down, they not only release the stored carbon in them but also the oxygen suppliers are reduced. The atmosphere is getting dense by the emission of carbon, and thus, increasing the greenhouse effect.

What Can We Do To Save Our Earth? 

“We are Awake in Conserving Our Earth”

The contributions we all can make very easily and willingly to let the efforts against deforestation be improved. 

  • Plant as many trees as you can, wherever you can and whenever you can. 
  • Try to stay paperless in your home, office and outside too.
  • Buy and use recycled products and recycle them again.
  • Use recycled paper products (seek FSC ‘tick-tree’ logo while shopping)
  • Support the initiatives taken by companies which are trying to stay committed to reducing deforestation. 
  • Purchase the certified wood products labeled and marked by the ‘Forest Stewardship Council’.
  • Provide others with the awareness of the need of the reduction. Let your family, friends, circle and even society know about the need to stop deforestation. 
  • Avoid using Palm Oil and the products made by Palm Oil.
  • Don’t purchase extra things to throw them in the garbage, merely buy what you need is or will be sufficiently used.

“All the products which are made using the trees are recyclable.

Practice recycling diligently.”

Being the consumers, we all can play a vital role in stopping the deforestation issue. Similar to the businesses, when the demand will reduce, the supply will lessen too. Luckily, we have businesses that are highly forest and environment-friendly. All they require is our support and appreciation. By patronizing their products, we can encourage their efforts in the right way.

Advantages of reduction

Till date, it is estimated that the forest that has cut or burnt was more than 4.6 million hectares. The worst part is that the reason behind this human act is to utilize wood and land demand. It must make us rethink of our fundamental need and high demand i.e. whether we want to stay alive or to live lavishly on a larger area of land respectively. 

The reasons and ways to reduce the tropical deforestations and get the benefits are:

1. Global warming is the global 

Each molecule of Carbon dioxide (CO₂) is trapping heat in our Earth’s atmosphere. The problematic point is that it does not regard whichever the source it is released from. For instance; the tailpipe of cars releasing CO₂, the power plants emitting the smokestack from a coal-fire, and the burning tropical trees all are major ways to add CO₂ in our environment. Reduce the use of all related things in any way.

2. Emissions from the tropical forest

The emission of CO₂ from the tropical forests is very significant and, of course, not ignorable.  The cars are equally responsible for this emission, but 10% of the whole emission is from the burning of tropical forests. This is not an issue which should not be taken into any account.  We all are highly responsible. All of the deforestations is occurring at an alarming rate. 

3. Stabilization of our climate

These tropical forests are not only providing us oxygen for breathing but also emit a vast amount of CO₂ in our atmosphere. The loss of this huge forestation in greatly impacting the ability of Earth in removing the carbon out of the atmosphere, hence, the effects of global warming are becoming worst.

4. Cost-effectiveness

It is explored by the economical analyses that the reduction of emissions released by the deforestation is noticeable cheaper than the reduction of emissions from the fossil fuel combustions and the many other industrial sources.

5. Protection to our citizens

Unknowingly we, ourselves, are paying for the climatic disruptions each day. It pays off in the form of hurricanes, heatwaves, droughts, floods, and additional dangerous weather conditions and events. These all are causing many health and economics issues and risks. In case we address global warming at present, we will be able to save our lives and money for many more years to come.

6. Multiple challenges and seriousness towards future

  • The challenges from which we will be saved are 
  • The different species of animals and plants. 
  • Many of the plants are precious medicines for human
  • Helps in preventing floods
  • The droughts are balanced by regional rainfall
  • The livelihoods of many (indigenous and forest people) are dependent on these tropical forests  
  • Keep the environment clean and green for our children to inherit a better Earth. 

Effects of reduction in deforestation

  • Healthy environment
  • The decrease in global warming
  • Reservation of natives of forests
  • More and pure oxygen to breathe in
  • Prevention from droughts, hurricanes, and even floods. 
  • Utilization of cost for environmental betterment.

Conclusion 

The time it takes to say ‘Deforestation’, 

One more chunk of the forest maybe the size of the football pitch is destroyed.

That is–every 2 seconds–every single day 

Our aims and ambitions must not only prevent the destruction but also reforest-restore-replant the forests which are and were once damaged. The predictable and need to be prevented forest damage in years ahead can include the forest of Africa, Australia, South East Asia, and Latin America. We all together have to initiate various projects, bringing the right funding and support the existing ones; all to be utilized for the right action in the place at the right time. And the right time is here.

Let’s just do it NOW before it gets too late to handle!

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Save our Earth- Now or never

“We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to” 

These simple yet powerful words quoted by Terri Swearingen have a deep meaning hidden considering the sad state our mother Earth is in currently. Gone were the days when the mere sight of blue skies used to fill us with joy, the blades of grass springing in the fields would move us and the simple things of nature would rejoice our souls making us feel alive. The 21st century we are living in, mirrors a harsh reality of global warming and drastic climate change along with pollution levels and ecological deprivation taking a serious beating. Humans possess the potential to irreversibly damage the environment and its valuable resources and the effect is clearly evident on the harmful damage done to water, air, plants and animals and soil.     

Status

Our Earth’s ecosystem faces a deep scar together with an imbalance in the ecological system because of the enormous discarding of nuclear, toxic and biomedical waste. Global Warming, quite a common term these days and a repercussion of deforestation and the presence of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels hold the potential to negatively impact climate change on a huge scale. It’s the ultra-violet radiation resulting from air pollution and stratospheric ozone depletion that has caused our worldwide rainforests and wild forests to wipe out completely from the face of the planet.   

The second major cause of ruing the planet’s ecosystem is the pollution of groundwater, lakes, and rivers that have additionally restricted potable water supply. Rivers carry a massive amount of eroded soil together with industrial, municipal and agricultural waste into the seas. This has affected the marine life and fisheries that have already started showing the signs of crumpling down.

Next, to get affected is soil productivity which is on the decline further decreasing the world’s per capita food production, courtesy disparaging agricultural and animal husbandry practices. Believing the latest records, almost ten percent of the earth’s fertile land has been destroyed, an area bigger than combined India and China.

Statistics further state that one-third of the topsoil used for harvesting grains feeding much of the world’s population has been washed away. Overgrazing of domestic animals, over-cultivation and deforestation together have negatively impacted over 35% of the total earth’s land surface. 

There’s no seconding the idea that mankind has so far worsened the state of our planet for personal benefits but just like two sides of the coin, there is a segment of people who are working day and night to better the deteriorating condition giving a ray of hope and make us believe it’s never too late. Let’s take a look at some of the works or campaigns run by people just like us who have taken an initiative to make Earth livable once again.  

A forest that started off with planting a tree

Jadav Payeng from India has been doing his bit for 40 years towards safeguarding the planet by planting a tree every single day. Result? What used to be a landscape destroyed by erosion is now a sprawling 1,360 acres of forest land and is also home to hundreds of reptiles, rhinos, elephants, and birds. According to him, it’s the nature that inspires him and he plans on planting a tree till he lives. 

Search Online and Help Search Engine Plant a Tree

A search engine Ecosia has been planting a tree and facilitate you to be a part of the tree plantation drive. With the ad money, they receive on every 50 searches, Ecosia plants a tree. So far this ingenious search engine has planted 60,120,906 trees and the number is increasing every second. When contacted, the founders of this search engine chose to plant trees over other environmental campaigns since they believe planting trees have many more benefits to the environment like fight climate change, help transform barren lands into fertile, resurrect water cycles and also help generate economic stability. 

 Mexico’s Single-Use Avocado Seeds based Cutlery

BioFase, a Mexican company has designed single-use cutlery and straws that are biodegradable in 240 days. Mexico being the world’s 50% avocado supplier, it has an abundance of avocado seeds that were normally burned in the landfill. BioFase came up with a resourceful plan of putting these seeds to use by creating cutlery and thus eliminating plastic waste from the planet.  

Using a Net for Controlling Pollution

Kwinana, Australia in the year 2018 installed two drainage nets for collecting the trash that was earlier picked by hand. Better than it was expected, the nets turned out to be more useful by collecting approximately 815lbs (370kgs) trash in the time frame of four months. This process has turned out to be one of the best approaches towards controlling plastic pollution and thus reducing the side effects caused to our planet.

Brewery Creating Six-Pack Rings for Avoiding Plastic Pollution

In Florida, Saltwater Brewery has created a genius way to control plastic pollution and that is by making six pack biodegradable rings. The best part about this concept is that these rings are absolutely safe for even animals to consume since they are made from barley and white ribbons. The inspiration behind this great idea is to replace plastic rings that damage our environment and animals and instead designed from E6PR, compostable materials, and by-product waste.

Turning Old Electronics into Olympic Medals

Japan, the hosts of the Olympic and Paralympic games 2020 will be giving the Olympians medals recycled from the trash. The brilliant idea has come from the environmental conscious Medal Project that would be using scrap metal for manufacturing the prizes. To support the effort, the citizens of Japan have been donating their non-usable electronics.  

A Clean Up System for Removing 90% Plastic from Ocean by 2040

The Ocean Cleanup, an initiative founded in 2013 aims at finding solutions for cleaning out plastic out of the oceans. To initiate the process, the non-profit organization had created a 600- meter long coastline right in the middle of the ocean for capturing the plastic with the help of natural oceanic forces. The organization in the time period of the next five years plans on cleaning out 50% of ocean plastic and thus removing 90% by the year 2040. 

Conclusion

Howsoever good the image or initiatives are, there is no doubt that we are saturating Earth with its potential to provide us with food, water, absorbing waste and energy. Before the significant global systems are destroyed beyond repair, it is highly imperative for us all to realize the danger we as developed and developing nations are together posing and how together we can help resuscitate our Mother Earth.

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Climate change- Do you really understand it?

Climate change has been a commonly used term in the 20th and 21st centuries. However, most of the world’s human population misunderstand its meaning and often confuse it with global warming!

So, what is it? Is it real or just a hyped-up global political PR? And if it is, then what are the dangers its effects pause to the world? Are we too late to reverse it, or we can still reclaim our climate? These are some of the critical queries you might be asking with a junk of misleading answers. Here is a factual step to step explanation of this phenomenon.

What is climate change?

NASA describes climate change as the change in the average weather patterns over a long period of time, which as a result defines the local, regional and global climatic conditions. This is what climate change really is and should not be confused with Global warming.

Changes in climatic conditions have a number of causes, where global warming falls in. So then, global warming is the continued increase in the average earth’s surface temperatures. As a result of rising temperatures due to global warming, we experience a change in the overall climatic condition.

Is climate change real?

Change in the climatic condition is a real and normal phenomenon. However, change in climatic conditions can either be negative or positive and should not worry you every time it is mentioned. The environmental scientific specialists in the world have unanimously agreed that there is a negative shift in climate.

Who gets effects and how?

Different from the State economy, a negative change in climate is a phenomenon that affects the whole world. That is whether you participated in destroying it or not, giving us the reason why on May 9th, 1992 the United Nations (U.N) adopted the United Nations Convention on Climate change.

None shall be left out, hence the whole world population as groups or individuals should pull together to reclaim our climate.

Is there a chance to reclaim the climate?

As we have said, the Earth’s climate has been changing. Before the beginning of human civilization and the spread of the capitalist economy, the changes were small and normal.

However, the rise in earthly temperatures in this era is alarming. Unlike the natural shift in climate, NASA reports that 95 percent of the current climatic change is caused by human activities. Climatic change takes a long period to happen, its response to human activities takes significant time, meaning, we can do climate threatening activities and clear them before the Earth responds.

What the explanation above means is that we are not too late. We got a chance to step up and work for the good of our climate.

In what way do human beings lead to a change in the climate?

We are the causative agents of Global Warming. Out of the rapid use of fossil fuels in chasing a better economy and living standard, the resultant waste gases include some of the greenhouse gases such as CO2.

These gases subsequently form a blanket between the sun and the earth’s surface. The “blanket” allows sun rays to penetrate into the earth’s surface while trapping the heat within the earth. This is what makes the earth to heat up.

If human being concentrates more on their survival and that of their future generations, then, the consumption of fossil fuels should stop. We have a lot of renewable energy substitutes like solar and wind energy which, if tapped well can serve all the purposes of fossil fuels.

What are the effects of climatic change and their evidence?

1. Tropical Cyclones

Ocean water temperature has increased by 0.4 degrees since 1969. This rapid increase in ocean temperatures has subsequently led to the melting of ice sheets. NASA reports that about 286 billion tons of ice cover have lost each year since 1993.

Glacier retreat has been reported with most of the ice-covered mountains such as Kilimanjaro showing acute ice loss. Since we are talking about melting ice across the world, then the water body’s water levels are increasing at a very high rate.

This might not be alarming, but with the mention of tropical cyclones, then it is worth worrying for people across the world. These storms are increasing and are bound to sweep over a longer distance from the already eaten up shores. Do you know what this means? It means doom out of the hard destructive times the storms are already pausing to the world. A good example of this is Hurricane Katrina, Sandy, and Wilma which shook the world with their mass destruction and fatal results.

2. Heat Waves

Due to human activity, the average Earthly heat is increasing at an alarming rate. If the trends continue, they might stretch to extreme levels that pause the next giant threat to our climate. The heatwaves! You might be asking yourself what this may be. It is simply extremely hot humid air exceeding the normal temperatures by 5° that could make your surrounding unbearably hot.

As already implied these heatwaves pause a big threat to the health of the Earth’s living things. Dry heat waves can also lead to wildfires, thereby destroying property and life on Earth. Imagine if a fire from nowhere consuming a whole city or forest! The fact is that if the world keeps a partially blind or blind eye on the alarming global warming, then this shall surely happen!

3. More Severe Droughts

The upcoming deviations from normal climate seem to imply that their continuity for some more time is likely to swallow more of our proper land into desertification.

Talking of desertification, the world has not experienced the most extreme desert conditions. The increasing Earth’s temperatures shall subsequently completely dry up the deserts. Subsequently, the extremely cold polar regions shall dry up to some extent making them habitable. Naturally, we expect human beings and the entire living world to migrate towards the polar regions in search of favorable conditions. But what about the tropics?

Conclusion

In recent years, the overall global climatic conditions have shifted to worse and are set for the worst. It is no longer the hearsay that has been there as we are already experiencing a rehearsal of its effects in terms of harsh weather conditions such as Hurricane Katrina. However, it is not yet late for a reversal of the worrying trends our climate is taking. This can, however, prove to be quite difficult if the world keeps on piling up carbon emissions in the air. Finally, control of climate change solemnly relies on everyone’s efforts to curb environmental degradation.