Global warming has been a concern for some time now, but it is quickly becoming an alarming emergency that we all need to take notice of. According to experts, we are expected to see the earth’s temperatures rise more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels in just 12 years’ time. Here’s why that’s a terrifying notion and something that we all need to take seriously and stop from becoming a reality…
Destruction of Coral Reefs
If the earth warms up to that degree, we are sure to see up to 90% of our coral reefs completely wiped out. This is a scary thing as coral reefs are responsible for protecting coastlines and are almost solely responsible for ensuring a healthy, thriving ocean.
We will lose a significant portion of the earth’s insects, plants and vertebrates if temperatures continue to rise. This will affect our eco-systems to no end.
Unsurprisingly, one of the most severe side effects of global warming will be an increase in intense heatwaves. Heatwaves can put all living species’ health and lives at risk, particularly when it comes to the very young and the elderly.
Hotter weather will lead to an increase in the amount of disease-carrying mosquitoes all over the world. This will inevitably lead to an increase in the number of people infected and a spike in fatalities. Pollution-related deaths will also likely increase as a result of global warming.
What Can We Do?
If we are to prevent this disaster from taking place, and rectify the damage already done, we all need to take action now. Living more sustainably is the answer, and there’s no getting away from it. From choosing eco-friendlier modes of transport to conserving water and recycling whenever and however we can, there are many things that we can do to make a difference.
The widespread attitude that “one person’s efforts just aren’t enough, so why bother at all?” is the reason why we continue to see a decline in the state of our planet. Plus, it simply isn’t true. With a bit of effort, you can single-handedly save the world – especially if more of us start thinking that way!