The question is can we still save the environment or is it too late? Well, it is a famous proverb that it’s never too late. So yeah, it’s never too late to act right. The Earth is the most beautiful planet in the solar system. We agree! Now, if we take a deep look at the environment of the Earth, there are visible symptoms appearing all around us.
PAST PREDICTIONS BY IPCC
In the previous decade, many predictions were made regarding the environment and weather conditions. IPCC predicted a time period of 12 years for tackling climate change while others predicted that it’s already too late. Some just issued a deadline of 12 months.
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HOW ECOSYSTEM OF THE EARTH WORKS
The dynamic ecosystem of the Earth is quite complex but comprehensible. The forest areas and oceans are natural carbon sinks. The plants use carbon dioxide for photosynthesis and release oxygen which is then used by living organisms. This makes the biosphere of the planet Earth.
Atmospheric composition is in long run degraded by anthropogenic activities. The release of carbon dioxide from industries, fossil fuel combustion, etc is increasing the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and guess what? We all know about Global Warming. The average temperature of the Earth has increased as compared to the previous trends in temperature changes. The smallest changes in the temperature of the Earth are bringing catastrophes.
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CLIMATE CHANGE AND TIMELINE OF THE PLANET EARTH
So how exactly we have time left to tackle the consequences of climate change? Human activities such as deforestation, urbanization, and industrialization are responsible for the increase in Earth’s temperature. All these factors are causing climate change. The changes in temperature cause biodiversity decline, the introduction of invasive species, and the extinction of species.
Humans have started taking actions against climate change by adopting mitigation measures. Check out Climate Change Adaptation Methods and Mitigation Strategies. Environmental organizations around the world are raising awareness about sustainable practices to save the environment.
The carbon in the air can be reduced by following sustainable approaches such as using alternative sources of energy production like renewable energy sources, afforestation, reforestation, recycling, etc.
PAST SCENARIOS ARE PROOF OF SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT
Previously, scientists pointed out the negative consequences of aerosol sprays that were responsible for ozone depletion. Strict actions were taken and within 30 years under Montreal protocol, the use of CFCs was eliminated.
The European Union set limits to reduce carbon emissions from previous years. There is political recognition of climate change in the European government and civil societies. It is estimated that 20% of the European budget is spent on climate actions.
CORPORATE EFFORTS TO SAVE THE PLANET EARTH
It would not be wrong to say that much of the climate changes are caused by corporate business. It is assumed that corporate businesses are also indulging in the promotion of green products. Some businesses have started investing in the green economy.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Here two things are important to understand. First is the world’s third carbon emissions are contributed by top companies and second is one must understand the terms greenwashing and ecocide.
SUSTAINABILITY – A SOLUTION TO SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT
The environment of the Earth can be saved by following sustainable solutions. The carbon in the atmosphere can be reduced. Waste generation can be controlled and reduced by energy production. The uncertain events are on their way to the Earth, the negative impacts of climate change will not vanish overnight; however, we can take precautionary measures to reduce the consequences. Implementation of sustainable practices can help mitigate the consequences and reduce carbon footprint.
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