Climate change was a huge topic in the 2016 election mainly because President-Elect Donald Trump flip-flopped on his stance on the issue. It seems people either have one of three positions on the issue being: 1. Climate change is real, 2. Climate change might be real, 3. Climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese to hurt American production. While we are all arguing over the validity of this claim, we are all ignoring this simple truth:
Who the hell cares if climate change is real or not? We should be taking care of the Earth, the place we live, regardless.
We know that non-biodegradable plastic litters our landfills and oceans, yet many of us refuse to recycle either out of laziness or fear we’ll look like “crazy granola-liberal hippies.”
We know that coal and fossil fuels pollute our environment and drinking water, yet we insist on being dependent on these types of energy (or reviving them…stop trying to make coal happen..it’s not gonna happen).
We know that water is a limited resource and disappearing rapidly, yet we do nothing to conserve it.
If the current rate of deforestation continues, it will take less than 100 years to destroy all the rainforests on the earth. Not only do trees produce that stuff that we breathe, but there are more than 121 natural remedies in the rain forest which can be used as medicines.
As per U.S. EPA estimates, every year in the U.S, 1.2 trillion gallons of sewage from household, industry, and restaurants is dumped into U.S. water annually. Which has left us with 40% of our rivers and 46% of our lakes being so polluted that they are considered unhealthy for swimming, fishing or aquatic life.
Humans may be the superior species (for now at least), but it is irresponsible to sit back and allow the destruction of our home for future generations and wildlife all in the pursuit of the all-mighty dollar and capitalism.Humans today extract and use around 50% more natural resources than only 30 years ago, and the world’s population currently consumes the equivalent of 1.6 planet’s worth of resources a year. The effects of this industrialization have spawned a species extinction to rival the five great extinctions of 65 – 440 million years ago. The fact that things haven’t fallen apart so far doesn’t give the assurance that things never will fall apart, and it does not excuse us from continuing to abuse the place we call home.
Whether or not climate change is real or not is not the problem, our inability to see it’s our responsibility to nurture the planet that’s fostered us is important. Whether the concern of the day is that the polar ice caps melting or global cooling, we should all be dedicated to making small personal changes to making the world a better place and ensuring, future generations are left with the essential resources they need to survive.
After all, we only have ONE Earth.
No matter what your stance on climate change is, here are some simple lifestyle changes you can make do to do your part to take care of the Earth.
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