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What is Climate Change & How might we stop it with Environmental Advanced Sciences

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What is Climate Change?

limate Change is the largest, most challenging moral crisis in the history of mankind. This is a fact supported by science and scientists the world over; the facts on climate change are haunting and the body-politics needs to catch up with the population at large.

In 2008, the United Nations Development Program characterized climate change as “the defining human development challenge of the 21st century.”

So knowing what we know, where do we go from here? Let’s start with the problem itself, the year is 2019; we need more than the “who what when where and why” we need a realistic “how”? We need to consider this without a human based agenda or ego, without inconvenience and self-pity. We need leaders and to be leaders, we need to challenge the world views that are holding us Eco-Warriors back.

We challenge those who are blind to the fact that humans are not superior to this planet, we live on this planet and need it to live. Even if we could leave, it should be cherished. The planet is not an inanimate object for us to just lay roads and place houses on, but a living breathing biodiverse entity with many species and ecosystems. This used to be known and has only recently dropped from the human psyche. The various natural systems work in an intertwined way, relying and thriving in a circular motion as they fulfill their place in the circle of life here on Earth. Mankind was the only species who diverted from the plan and we are seeing the damage that has caused, daily. With evolution inhibiting almost every other part from doing its job as well.

Stewardship (or the lack thereof) related to the human species has resulted in runaway Climate Change. The direct driver of climate change is the issue of today’s atmosphere having an abundance of carbon dioxide and methane which are but two examples of greenhouse gases that are caused both directly and indirectly by our human actions daily. These gases allow visible light to pass through while absorbing the infrared light (the hot light not the visible light) and that in turn heats up the planet (hence the name global warming). The more the atmosphere heats up, it in turn emits even more infrared (hot) light and re-absorbs it. The energy coming from the sun has always measured the same, however what’s leaving the atmosphere has decreased drastically over time. The planet has been running a fever for a while, changing the overall climate, creating changing weather systems, bringing both extreme heat and cold to places in the world where their presence ruins ecosystems. Hence the name ‘Climate Change’.

Vocabulary/Words:

Climate Change: Largest moral crisis in the history of mankind; we have 10 years to get the planets fever under control.

Climate Scientist: Most reliable source to date in climate knowledge and education; most reliable source in the world. (Ivy league schools across the U.S. like Cornell Institute are expanding their climate education systems everyday. Cornell established its Institute for Climate Smart Solutions in 2013. “The Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions (CICSS) builds stakeholder capacity and works toward a future where agricultural, environmental, and social systems are resilient in the face of a rapidly changing climate and have reduced their impacts on the climate system.”

UNEP or United Nations Environment Programme: is an agency of the United Nations, coordinates the organization’s environmental activities and assists developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies and practices.

IPCC or Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations, dedicated to providing the world with an objective, scientific view of climate change and its political and economic impacts.

UNFCC or United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: is an international environmental treaty with an objective to “stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”.

Moral Crisis: Moral Crisis is a situation where you are definite about being forced to think of doing something which you believed as wrong. Moral crisis is not reconcilable and shall keep reappearing in your thoughts like a haunt.

Ecosocialism: Ecosocialism is a vision of a transformed society in harmony with nature, and the development of practices that can attain it. It is directed toward alternatives to all socially and ecologically destructive systems, such as patriarchy, racism, homophobia and the fossil-fuel based economy.

There are also two redefined Vocabulary/Words that have evolved through Climate Change

As we before had the “terrorist”, we now have the “Eco-Terrorist”: Eco-terrorism attacks people or things that threaten the environment or the wildlife it supports.

As we before had the “refugee”, we now have the “Climate Change Refugee”: A refugee that flees their home not because of famine, death or disease or a corrupt governmental system but a person that flees their home due to an unlivable climate condition.

Unrealistic Structural Plan

90% of the human population would be eliminated immediately while the remaining 10% follow this “Realistic Structural Plan” below. This is what will happen itself we do not follow the plan below by default.

Realistic Structural Plan

1. Majority of the Human population go vegan and Vegetarian

During the Poland & Germany U.N. Climate Summit, 300 of the world’s top climate scientists concluded that the majority of the world’s carbon emissions are coming from ‘factory farming’. The IPCC report from 2017 stated that factory farming made up for 15% of the worlds emissions. While transportation (including motor vehicles, planes and trains) accounted for 7% placing as our number two contributor. Seems pretty clear that if we wanted to slash emissions drastically we would all go vegan.

2. ELIMINATE Carbon Waste (which will produce alcohol fuel that can potentially phase out fossil fuels QUICK)

Most don’t realize that landfills an biowaste (from the earth, overgrown forests, algae etc) cannot be reused or recycled and reducing is not ELIMINATING what is already here. Which we all know is already TOO MUCH an the landfills are continuously growing an spilling into the oceans. Eliminating carbon waste/pollution while simultaneously cutting factory farming emissions and having a tool that can be utilised to phase out the fossil fuel industry without billionaires jobs lost in one day and barrels of gasoline(oil) sitting all over the place with all forms of transportation and shipping at a halt.

A phase out using alcohol based fuel produced from eliminating carbon waste coupled with a time limit an carbon tax (that I use to oppose back when I didn’t fully understand all aspects of our realistic options) will forcefully push us to surpass our emissions goal and even reverse the damage we’ve already done. Carbon waste to alcohol fuel breeds global methodology and realism vs. rioting and hysteria as if one day everyone’s going to stop disrespecting the environment an all will be better.

Couple 1&2; successfully win the fight on Climate Change. We’re fighting ourselves and this should not be that hard. We’re also fighting something that we did and are still currently doing be wise facts were ignored over decades.

We set our own house on fire. We need to act accordingly.

MISSY MUSGROVE

ECOSOCIALIST, ECOACTIVST

EDITOR & CONTENT WRITER

WITH ENVIRONMENTAL ADVANCED SCIENCES

With support by Crowdleaf.org.uk

Poor air quality is a huge issue – by Alexa Gill & Anna Koor of Let Pompey Breathe #letpompeybreathe

Let Pompey Breathe is back again to talk about air pollution. You can read all about our campaign to reduce air pollution in Portsmouth and find more information on the petition we are currently collecting signatures for here. Today (21st of June) is Clear Air Day and we want to talk about ways you can protect yourself from air pollutants and how to join in the fight for clean air.

Communication is key

Poor air quality is a huge issue, and it can seem overwhelming to think about how we can tackle it, as individuals. Dealing with this growing problem requires a joint effort, we need councils, local business and residents to work together. Education and engagement is critical, there still seems to be a disconnect between people’s understanding of the consequences of dirty air and its impact on our health. With an estimated 40,000 premature deaths a year across the country due to outdoor air pollution, according to a report from the Royal College of Physicians, it’s become a national health crisis. So we need to build awareness of the problem. Some suggestions are:

  • Talk to your friends, family and colleagues about air pollution and what they can do to help reduce it and to protect themselves from it, particularly the vulnerable including young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems.
  • Approach your employer about how they plan to address poor air quality. Could they set up a cycle to work scheme, update their transport policy or change suppliers?
  • If you’re a parent, speak to other parents and school teachers about starting a ‘walk to school’ campaign (a ‘walking bus’), or setting up a car share scheme.
  • Use social media platforms to spread the word and pass on useful information. Make sure to use hashtag #LetPompeyBreathe
  • Contact your local councillors to tell them you care about this problem and urge them to press for improvements in your neighbourhood and places in the city you visit regularly. One simple but effective step would be to erect signage alerting drivers not to idle their engines illegally, particularly in busy public places or where there are young children such as outside schools, at taxi ranks, bus and train stations.

Dirty Air isn’t just outside

In addition to the estimated 40,000 deaths a year due to outdoor air pollution there’s also the yet unquantified effects of indoor pollutants, which include radon, biological materials, particulates and nitrogen dioxide. This needs serious consideration as we spend the majority of our time inside. But there are some measures that can be taken to lower the risk:

  • Ensure you open windows when cooking.
  • Dry your washing outside whenever possible. It’s important to have good ventilation to reduce your exposure and these steps will also help reduce the accumulation of moulds which are air pollutants.
  • If you have a wood-burning fireplace, consider replacing it with a natural gas version. Not only will you reduce the emissions going outside, but the air quality should improve in your home.
  • Candles are another cause of air pollution so limit your use of these where possible.
  • By using less gas and electricity, you’ll reduce the air pollution you are creating. Simple steps like switching off lights when not in use, only running the washing machine/dishwasher when there’s a full load and filling the kettle with only the water you need, can reduce your energy consumption and save you some money in the process!
  • A report by Nasa revealed that there are some plants which are known for cleaning the air and are mostly easy to look after. These include Rubber Plant, Peace Lily, Ficus Alii, Spider Plant, Dracaena, Weeping Fig, several species of Palm, and different varieties of Philodendron.

 

Reducing air pollution would not only protect our health but also slow down climate change. There is still hope if we work together and act quickly.