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Effects of Changing Climate
From what we have studied so far, you will notice Climate Change is an effect of Global warming. Global Warming also causes other things to happen that is not related to climate change. Let’s see these 4 good reasons.
Global warming causes thermal expansion of land and water. It also causes ice sheets to melt in icy regions of the world and mountain tops.
Large volumes of melted ice (water) then flows down into streams, rivers, lakes and seas. The result is rising sea and water levels, causing floods and massive destruction to low-lying towns and cities along water bodies.
Changing climate may also cause the weather to become more extreme, be it droughts or violent storms and heavy rain.
Extreme changes in temperature makes people suffer breathing difficulties, head aches, body rashes and other illnesses.
Climate change also distorts the natural habitats and lives of many plants and animals. For example, the survival of polar bears and penguins in icy regions are in danger, as they cannot survive anywhere else. Other plants and animals in hot regions will die if temperatures suddenly become too cold for them.
Changing climate also causes water bodies to dry out. There is also dryness that causes droughts, bush fires and many water and land animals will die as a result.
The ripple effect of all the effects above is quiet overwhelming. Now, lets see what we can do about it...
Yes, you sure can do something about it.
Before we look at what you can do, it is important to note that big automobile industries, refineries, commercial farmers, and others are the main bodies with the highest carbon emissions. This is because we rely on them to provide products and food that we enjoy at home. This means if we reduce our reliance for these big industries, they won't have to produce more.
So, a good way to solve the problem may be from our government and legislature level to regulate these big companies. We can get our leaders to make laws that discourage activities that has high carbon footprint. But many of our leaders have been a bit disappointing. So it is our turn to do our bit!
What about you? ...in your own little way?
Start by reducing your carbon footprint. Your carbon footprint is the sum of all emissions of CO2 (carbon dioxide), which were produced by your activities in a given time frame.
Let's start with vehicles. Vehicles produce greenhouse gases.
Go by bus!
Get your family to go to school, work, market, holiday, place of worship on a bus rather than in daddy’s car. It’s cheaper too, and you save some money.
Walk! Don’t drive.
Walk to the shop, market, farm, school and everywhere. Sometimes there are too many cars causing heavy traffic and it is better to walk. It is also great exercise.
Ride! Don’t drive.
You can always ride down to almost everywhere. It's great fun and very good exercise!
Protect and plant trees.
Planting trees is fun and a great way to reduce greenhouse gases. Trees absorb CO2, (a greenhouse gas) from the air. This means the air will be fresher and also help regulate climate.
You can also save old trees by protecting them from being cut down. One great way to have fun with trees is to plant one on every special day like your birthday, Christmas, National holidays or even in memory of special friends.
Recycle, reduce and re-use items.
Recycling, reducing the use of things and re-using things is also a brilliant attitude for us to acquire. When we recycle cans, bottles, plastic and paper, we send less trash to landfill. It also helps save natural resources such as trees, oil and aluminum.
When you go shopping, always look for the recycle mark on products before buying them. The mark means they have been produced from recycled materials, and you want to encourage them to do so.
If your community does not have recycling services with waste collection, this is the time to join a group to talk about it.
What else can be done?
Doing NOTHING about a problem can make it worse.
But above all, live by example!
Finding information and learning about issues, like you are doing, is the first step to solve problems. When you understand a problem, you are in a better position to find a solution for it. Share
Sharing the correct information and facts with family and friends is the second thing, because when more people change attitudes, the impact is greater.
Thirdly, join societies, pressure groups and set examples for others to follow. You can also put pressure on your local government and leaders to be responsible.
So… this is it. Ask your friends to come and learn with us and let’s share ideas on how we can help STOP GLOBAL WARMING.
If you have spotted something that can be improved in this lesson, send us a mail too. We would love that a lot.
Thank You for learning with us. You can also check out other lessons
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