Our planet is beautiful. A ball of blue, green and white representing water, land and ice. It’s been around for over 4.5 billion years. It will always be our home.
Still, we must protect it from mankind’s destruction. Pollution of the air, land and sea result in climate change. Temperature shifts cause extreme weather patterns all over the world. Hurricanes, floods, droughts, ice storms, earthquakes, and more are all a direct result of climate change.
Millions of lives are in danger because of this “climate crisis”. Shelter from the elements is required, but it costs a lot of money to build and rebuild — especially after devastation. Home insurance never covers “acts of God”, so we must rely on others and our governments to save us.
However, all of this hardship is not inevitable. Our planet does not have to turn into some kind of desert wasteland. The decisions you make as individuals have a direct impact on the climate. Choosing not to pollute by recycling, composting and properly disposing of waste, is a start. Purchasing food and products that are made using environmentally sustainable processes, is another.
As countries, we must fight to combat climate change by transitioning from fossil fuels and oil to more environmentally friendly sources of power. My next car would probably be a Tesla if they weren’t so darn expensive! We need to invest more in sustainable energy sources like solar, wind and hydroelectric. Companies need to create more jobs focused on the environment so that “saving our planet” actually becomes a lucrative industry for potential employees to get into.
It’s not about blaming our parents’ generation for not caring. A lot of people did care back then, but we never saw the effects of environmental destruction until recent years. Now, we have the advantage of using technology to create new ideas and innovation centered on combating climate change. Technology that purifies water, air and nature from pollution is necessary. It hurts our health and the health of defenseless animals, whom we are also responsible for.
Our technology allows us to do more at the individual- and country-level, rather than just using our bare hands. How? Software can be improved to better track, forecast and predict temperature changes; and hardware can be developed to read this data, process it, and physically do something about it!
While I have many thoughts on this, I don’t have a specific solution in mind at this time. My hope is that I can inspire someone reading this, and change their mind from doing nothing about climate change to actually doing something…
It could be as simple as using your social media platforms to spark a global conversation: How would YOU solve the climate crisis? The most innovative ideas come from the most unexpected places, so put your thinking caps on — ask your parents, friends and children too! If you use Twitter, don’t forget to add the hashtag #ClimateAction to your tweets so that our world leaders and organizations can easily track them.
Alternatively, you can mention me @NRodrigues516 in your tweet so I can see your comments and interact with you directly. If something really interesting/inspiring gets discussed, I’ll explore it in a future Zola entry. I’m excited because you’re all very creative, intelligent and diverse people — I truly believe the possibilities here are endless!
Last month, while writing this entry, I actually saw a lot of great initiatives and progress being made by world leaders on combating climate change. Earth Day 2021 itself was incredibly inspiring and filled with promise. The US pledged to cut carbon emissions by 50-52% below 2005 levels. Canada is aiming for a 40-45% reduction. The UK is pledging 78% by 2035, compared with 1990 levels. Even China, a massive polluter, wants to participate in the effort. Let’s keep this momentum going!
Help save our planet and Mother Nature. We can, and we will do this.