Perhaps we have all heard of climate change and all that pertains to it but to others this could be a new word!
Climate change mitigation and adaptation have become hot topics, and also one of the areas of focus for most environmental based institutions. But then, this topic can be overwhelming at times, that’s why I took it upon myself to write this article “Peeling the Mask of Climate Change”.
We continue to hear the warning bells from around the world from record breaking Arctic sea ice, to unprecedented floods, droughts wildfires in many parts of the world but that noise does not seem to be making its way to peoples conscience.
Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years. Climate change has been there, is here and will always be there! It is part of us! Climate change is a result of greenhouse effect which is a process by which thermal radiation from a planetary surface is absorbed by atmospheric greenhouse gases ie. CO2, and is re-radiated in all directions leading to global warming.
But wait a minute, temperatures are increasing at a very abnormal rate and since some species are unable to adapt to the temperature rise they are slowly adding pages to the extinct species record book. Anthropogenic activities are the primary causes of global warming, burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, landfills, burning of grass. Name them!
Then it’s not God’s fault when there is a drought and humans face the adverse consequences. One is left to wonder whether conceiving of God as the origination of all that would make people of faith recognize that they have a responsibility to be the custodians of God’s creation and, in the process, their own survival.
Although everything moves along, we hope the rumor is wrong: That Mother Nature Goes to Heaven. Right, you never got it wrong, it always got away! Can one person help stop global climate change? Yes! Especially when the simple steps you, your friends, and your family take are multiplied by millions of people all over the world. It’s the simple things that we do which make a difference.
- Switching to clean energy, reducing waste, using less energy, travel green i.e. walk, bike, skateboard, rollerblade, or take a bus to school, plant a tree, spread the word.
- Give a presentation to your family, school, or community group that explains how their actions can cause or reduce climate change. That’s easy!
We cannot do nothing and think that someone else will make it right. It’s only fair when we can appreciate the delicacy of dew or a flower in bloom, water as it runs over the pebbles, or the majesty of an elephant, the fragility of the butterfly, or a field of wheat or leaves blowing in the wind. Such aesthetic responses are valid in their own right, and as reactions to the natural world they can inspire in us a sense of wonder and beauty that in turn encourages a sense of the Divine.
And there will be no sadder day, when all the birds have flown away, the last tree has been cut, and the last fish caught will we realize we cannot eat money!
“People talk too much. We are no longer talking, we are working” Professor Wangari Maathai.
We have faith: Act Now on Climate Justice!