Hi guys! So, first of all, I wanted to explain that I found a cartoon of a polar bear online and I copied it. The original idea of this is not mine, but I drew the picture you see.
Second, I wanted to use the amount of followers I have to try to make a difference.
I want to talk about climate change. Some of you might be annoyed by it because the subject is very popular now and it's everywhere. And if that's the case, just ignore this, but climate change is the most important problem nowadays.
We have 12 years to limit climate change or it will be a catastrophe. The life expectancy for a human is 79 years. I could guess that not many of you are 67 years old. So this will affect you, your family, friends, neighbors, favourite singers, actors, everyone that will live 12 more years.
Climate change is happening now. Ice caps are melting, temperatures are higher, natural disasters are affecting us. Animals are going extinct at a rate that is from 100,000% to 1,000,000% the natural rate (between 1,000 and 10,000 times faster).
We are causing it.
Now, I wanted to talk about bees. We know that bees make honey. But they also help with the reproduction of lots of plants. Imagine bees going extinct: some plants will also go extinct. Lets say that a rabbit eats some of those plants, the amount of rabbits will decrease as they get less food. Some plants depend on rabbits for reproduction, and other animals eat rabbits. The amount of tose plants and animals will decrease. This keeps going on and on, destroying the environment. You see how something as simple as a bee can change everything? Do you imagine what can happen now, when lots of species are going extinct?
Another thing I want to tell you something I read in my science book:
Mercury is the hottest planet in the solar system, with an averga temperature of 447°C. Considering that is the nearest planet to the Sun, we could say that the temperature is higher than it should. This is because it's atmosphere is made of carbon dioxide, and it creates an extreme version of greenhouse effect.
I know the Earth won't even get near to that temperature, but it's just an example that shows how greenhouse gases can make a planet hotter than it should.
But why am I telling you this? I want you to start changing the world. Some simple things that help are:
• Eat less meat, eggs and dairy. According to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute, 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture. The release of methane and nitrous oxide (from manure, and urine from farmed animals) into the atmosphere are both contributory factors. I'm not saying that you must go vegan, but you can have a "no meat Friday" or something similar. But please, don't try to make someone vegan. They can eat whatever they like. Meat is a good source of protein (I know that there are other sources, but meat is the best source). Try this instead: offer them some pasta, encourage them to find some vegan food that they like so they will eat them more often, respect their opinions!
• Recycle! Something as simple as putting your rubbish in the right bin can help to make a difference.
• Walk or cycle to school or work. If it's too far, you can take a bus or go with a friend. This will also reduce the amount of traffic.
• Use electric cars, if possible. I know that there are lots of towns and cities that are not prepared for this, but some are! You will also help to noise pollution as electric cars are less noisy. Finite resources (petrol) will last longer. And in some countries there is a tax that is higher if your car produces more pollution, like Ireland. You will be spending a lot less if you buy an electric car. It's a win-win situation.
• Solar panels! You will be using green energy that doesn't produce pollution and you will spend less (on long term) as you will get your energy from the sun, not a business.
• Solar panels are expensive, so an alternative is finding a company that provides green energy (wind power, solar energy, etc.) I suppose that they will charge you less because they don't need to buy raw material to produce energy.
• Turn off the light when you leave a room. This will also save you money as you will be spending less electricity, resulting in your energy company charging you less money.
• Education will also help! Tell your kids about this from a young age. They will get used to it and will do it like a normal thing. Remember, it's their future that we are fighting for!
• Donate money to not-for-profit organisations. Something as simple as €1 will make a difference. I know that this is unrealistic as there is a lot of poverty, but if everyone donated €1 we will have €7 BILLION to spend fighting for a future.
• Turn off the water tap while you're washing your teeth and take shorter showers to save water.
• Encourage the people you know to do this as well, every little helps!
• Buy products made locally or in your own country. This will reduce the amount of gases produced while importing.
• Eat organic food. It's better for our body because there are less chemicals in the food, and organic food is produce without fertilizers that increase the amount of nitrogen that goes into our atmosphere.
• Something as simple as putting your trash in the bin instead of throwing it in the street can help. A few days ago, I saw a picture of a Mars wrapper that someone found on the beach. The expiry date was in 1986. That was more that 30 years ago. Plastic can take 100 years to decompose, you know?
Thank you for reading, and I hope that this encourages someone to do any of this simple things. And always remember: The world is not ours to destroy, it was loaned to us by future generations.
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