Kids are having reduced playtimes in fear of sudden heat strokes. Adults have their cars trashed in sudden flash floods. Polar bears are being stranded in the middle of nowhere. Zika is being transmitted at alarming rates. Roads are melting in India!
Simple. Global warming. No, it’s not a conspiracy theory. Yes, it’s happening as we speak.
So far in 2016, our planet’s average temperature has been 1.3 degrees Celsius warmer than when we first started measuring climate data. (source)
We’ve heard about it, we’ve read about it, but how many of us has actually done something about it?
I’m as guilty as everybody else.
I know that I use way too much paper, that I could use electricity more efficiently, that a lot of what I have in my life are not necessities, just wants. It is hard to change and leave my comfort zone, which I’m sure everybody knows what I’m saying.
However, can you imagine having your country disappear in your lifetime?
The United Nations IPCC predicts that sea levels will rise by about 50cm by 2100 and that further rise would be inevitable. (source) This will affect all coastal countries, such as Malaysia.
2100 is less than 80 years from now! I’ll probably be dead by then, but my kids will still be around. What will they be then? Refugees?
Something that often frustrates me is how ignorant we all are.
I mean, we all know about it, but how many of us actually look into it, rather than just scratching the surface and forgetting all about it in the next 5 minutes?
In Malaysia, for instance, there really isn’t much effort spent on educating the public regarding problems like this. We talk about racism, public security, taxes, mainly political issues, but what about our environment?
Without it, there wouldn’t be anything else to worry about; we wouldn’t even be able to live anymore.
So, how do we solve it?
Cooperation is key here, and every little change makes A LOT of difference in the long run. Don’t underestimate the power of one person! Every person that reads this article and is somewhat making a lifestyle change is contributing to our future.
There are many resources available on the internet, just google “global warming and how I can help” and you get tons of websites listing the things you can do to help.
I will list some here that I’ve found easy to incorporate into my lifestyle.
- Reduce beef consumption and related products like milk or cheese: Not only is this healthier in the long run, you’re also reducing the forest areas that are being cut down for grain production. It takes 7 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of beef. 7 POUNDS. That’s 3 kg worth of rice for 4 Quarter Pounders! For illustration purposes, it takes me a month to finish 3kgs of rice.
- Stop purchasing food outside, but make your own: This is super affordable and better yet, you now know what you’re actually putting in your mouth! Meal prepping is a great way to go about it if you’re too busy to cook daily.
- Avoid products with lots of packaging.
- Go solar! Solar chargers are relatively cheap nowadays, I got mine for about $20 and it charges my phone throughout the day! (Amazon)
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: an oldie but a goodie.
Please stop procrastinating. Time is of the essence now. Every little bit counts!
If you have any questions regarding global warming or any other environmental problems, like deforestation or endangered species, hit me up at allieleow[at]gmail.com! I’d love to discuss and understand your viewpoints.