Here on Reel Talk, we frequently discuss ways we can green-up our lifestyles – like using bamboo toilet paper. Sustainable living is invaluable to our planet in the long run, but current climate change data demands immediate action.
Although the data paints a grim picture, rest assured that all is not lost. Small, everyday actions will continue to have a big impact. However, it's crucial that we sharpen our focus on mitigating and adapting to the effects of a changing climate.
Here's everything you need to know about why our planet's getting warmer and what you can do to help.
The Story Climate Change Data Tells Us
In the 21st century, we have access to an abundance of knowledge – from expert blogs to published research articles, information is at our fingertips. Climate change data is no different.
"New U.N. climate report: Monumental change already here for world’s oceans and frozen regions" – The Washington Post
For nearly a million years, Earth's climate fluctuated but never surpassed 300 ppm (parts per million) of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. According to NASA, that record was broken in 1950. In 2008, the atmospheric carbon dioxide levels had exceeded an unprecedented 410 ppm.
As a result of increased CO2, global temperatures are climbing, polar ice is melting, and sea levels are soaring. These devastating consequences of climate change are related and will affect every species on the planet – even causing some to go extinct.
These climate changes chiefly affect our planet's oceans. For example, according to The Washington Post, the warming and rising of oceans has also caused them to become more acidic. Coral reefs cannot survive in acidic water, and many have died because of it.
Climate change is a clear and harsh reality to face. But don't worry, there's still hope.
Climate Change Data Won't Change Until We Do
We have the data. It's evident, it's serious, and it's our responsibility to act.
The belief that if you're not a scientist, researcher, or elected official you can't contribute to this necessary change is a huge misconception.
In reality, each of us has the power to spark instrumental change in the fight for a healthier planet.
Keep Up the Good Work
By far the most effective way to positively affect climate change data is to continue with the steps you take every day to make the world a greener place.
If you've read any other article here on Reel Talk, you probably know of at least a few simple changes you can make to live more sustainably. For example, you can use eco-friendly cleaning products or buy more bamboo household items. You're already taking steps to mitigate further climate change, so keep up the great work!
While our simple, everyday acts do a lot of good, we can only do so much on our own. Large-scale change must come from the government or other treaty organizations – like the United Nations.
Fortunately, sustainable laws have already been passed both in the U.S. and abroad. In fact, the Paris Climate Agreement is an excellent example of global cooperation to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.
In order to promote sustainability, educating ourselves and voting in favor of a greener tomorrow are vital. Supporting legislation that positively impacts climate change data is also valuable.
Spread the Word
Anyone who's ever played The Sims knows that Sims need to regularly be socialized. Coincidentally, humans are also highly social creatures, and our need to socialize presents a unique opportunity to build awareness for climate change.
Talking about climate change is powerful. Your words can sway others to be more sustainable or at the very least, get them talking about it. These conversations will increase the public's awareness of this climate crisis.
Furthermore, people have a tendency to follow trends: As more people start to live sustainably, many others will follow.
We All Have the Power to Affect Change
Climate change data depicts an uncertain future for our planet. Warming temperatures and increasingly frequent hurricanes are both scary and overwhelming.
Luckily, we all have the power to help design the future of Planet Earth. By living sustainably, voting, and spreading the word, we can make the world a greener place for generations to come.
At the end of the day, always remember: What you do does matter.
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