Is it too late to prevent climate change?
By: Femin Johny
The Arctic is melting, forests are burning, sea levels are rising, droughts, floods, cyclones, earthquakes are becoming common, the land is becoming degraded and lots of people are fighting hunger, poverty, unemployment, malnutrition,etc.
Human activities are changing the natural greenhouse. Over the last century, the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil has increased the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). This happens because the coal or oil burning process combines carbon with oxygen in the air to make CO2. To a lesser extent, the clearing of land for agriculture, industry, and other human activities has increased concentrations of greenhouse gases.
Our authorities say, ‘Climate change is only a tale’. What can we do? Just sit simply and wait for the authorities to ACT? If we wait, there will be no more generations to live on this planet! Is there a solution to climate change? My answer is yes!
We are not alone. People, communities, cities, businesses, schools, faith groups, and other organizations are taking action.
Here are some easy things you can do right now to help fight climate change:
- Switch to 100% green power
- Save energy
- Switch to plant-based food
- Ban single-use plastics from your life
- Plant more trees
A few months back, I created a platform, called ONE EARTH ONE MOVEMENT. Currently, it has 45 members across 5 continents. We had our first program on July 28, World Nature Conservation Day that included planting trees across the globe for showing solidarity with Sahel, the region which will be affected by climate change the most.
There were about 200 trees planted on that single day itself. In this platform, every member has equal status and the programs will be scheduled like that it can be conducted globally by joining all members of the platform.
Femin is a 16-year-old student who loves nature, books, movies, sports, music and drawing. He also runs a platform called 'ONE EARTH ONE MOVEMENT' that fights against climate change. He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org and Twitter (@fjeom)Know More