I was talking to my friend George and his friend Jill yesterday, about how the weather has been warm and pleasant recently and the happiness of walking on the streets without jackets or other winter clothing. The next thing I remember is waking up to a snowy day. It’s like the sky had a grudge on me, “you are gonna catch cold tonight and I will release the snow in the morning”. Jokes apart, everyone knows about these unpredictable weathers, not just in halifax but in several other countries across the planet. Not many decide to talk about it, not even me.
We all know that the climate disruption is getting worse day by day. Ever since my childhood, I had been taught about the growing global warming issues and it’s side effects. I came across an article where UN expert Stanford said in a conference at Truro,
“What’s happening here is that warming temperatures are doing two things. The loss of Arctic sea ice is changing the pattern by which the jet stream circulates and alters our weather patterns. The second thing that’s happening is that warming temperatures are allowing more water vapour to be transported, therefore to contribute more moisture to summer rainstorms and winter snowstorms. The combination of the two is greater disruption and more unpredictable weather events widely, events that persist longer, stay longer, are more intense and more disruptive.”
We are seeing this everywhere. We are all experiencing unexpected floods, earthquakes etc., leading to death of hundreds of people, infrastructural damages and loss of economy. As easy as it is to say that these are all natural calamities, why are the incidences higher in the recent past than ever before? We should never forget about the human contribution in ruining this planet. It’s time to take in the hydro-climatic issues personally, take first level of responsibility to protect your own properties and families. Form communities and tackle this issue together, along with help from government bodies.
We all know about the much awaited Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio. I hope along with celebrating his achievement, we still remember his speech concerning climate change.
“Making ‘The Revenant’ was about man’s relationship to the natural world, the world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in reported history — our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow,” DiCaprio said. “Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It’s the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”
DiCaprio continued, “We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”
Here is his speech during the UN climate change summit: Climate Change – Leonardo.
Although a lot of celebrities are becoming environmentalists lately, I think we, the general public need to start with becoming aware of the climate changes around us. Learn what’s causing it and how can one prevent it. As small as planting a tree, preventing discharge of green house gases, etc.
These are few of many articles discussing this issue out there. Several conferences/ summits are held every year to discuss these problems. It’s time to call for a change.
CLIMATE HEALTH IS HUMAN HEALTH.
P.S: I still love the snow.