How Climate Change Affects Me?

Today, we hear constant talk about climate change, we even use it regularly in our daily conversations, for example when in Valencia it seems that the only season that exists is summer.

In order to situate ourselves, we begin with a definition of the principal international body on climate change, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: “climate change is a change of climate attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the Global atmosphere and adds to the natural climate variability observed over comparable periods.

Some of the main drivers of climate change are logging, fossil fuel use, and certain industrial methods that contribute to the increase of greenhouse gases (GHG).

Climate change is undoubtedly one of the most worrisome phenomena on the face of the Earth in recent decades. While it is true that the phenomenon has caused an increase in the temperature of our planet, its consequences go beyond global warming, causing rise in sea level, melting of the poles and many other problems, environmental and socioeconomic.

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5 ways in which climate change affects you

  1. Extreme natural phenomena: hurricanes, earthquakes and other similar phenomena will be more common in a few decades.
  2. Droughts and floods: there has been a radical turn in the pattern of rains, causing heavy floods in some regions and droughts, which become eternal in others, as is the case of our beloved Terreta.
  3. Increased forest fires: the increase in forest fires is due in part to the very dry forests due to the exaggerated increase in temperatures and the scarcity of rainfall.
  4. More allergies to pollen: increased carbon dioxide and high temperatures favor the growth of weeds producing allergic pollen.
  5. Increased food prices: climate change and, in particular, drought, cause damage to crops, affecting food production and agricultural supply globally.

The phenomenon of climate change is not only a meteorological issue, but constitutes a great barrier to the development and sustainability of both the developing and the most industrialized countries.

In a simple way, we try to arouse the interest of people who are not very familiar with this phenomenon and take a step towards awareness. If you want to delve into the matter, have a look at the COP21 Paris Agreement and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) website.

We have started the house by the roof, asking us how we are affected by climate change. But, in a flashback way, we can ask ourselves: how do our habits cause climate change ?, and what is more important, what are we going to do to mitigate their impact?

 

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