The recent news highlights on natural disasters have left us feeling aghast. Adverse events have resulted in inexplicable losses. The catastrophes of 2017 – Hurricane in the Dominican Republic, Earthquake in Mexico, Flooding in Bangladesh, Mudslides in Columbia, and Landslides in Sierra Leone, Cyclone Ockhi followed by the swift dust storms in North India and devastating floods in Kerala this year have played havoc.
Will the storm of disasters keep brewing in future?
The amount of damage has been $306 billion with 16 disasters in 2017 and $2.7 billion by Kerala floods lately. Annex it with the irrevocable loss of thousands of lives. The gloomy picture puts up an enigmatic challenge before us together with a concern for the future.
The scientific rationale that exists behind such environmental issues may be technically explained in the form of under-earth movements, soil erosion, air pressure, ocean currents and so on.
However, if the cause was solely natural and irrepressible, there wouldn’t be any grounds for discussion. The recurring episodes of natural calamities aren’t just a stroke of bad luck. There is more to it. Having said that, let us reflect on what atmospheric experts have to say.
- Patrick Brown, a climate scientist associates the drying conditions of soil to the release of carbon dioxide gas which increases the surface air temperature. The dryness actually increases the risk of wildfires.
- Stanford Professor Noah S. Diffenbaug states that global warming is already influencing many kinds of extremes in the US and world and it is important to concede to the reality to prepare for the future.
- American Journalist, David Wallace Wells covers the issue in New York Magazine, July 2017 edition. The Doomed Earth Catalogue describes the way in which climate change will threaten human life globally. He also warns that the effect may be worse than we think if a major action is not taken.
Human actions contribute towards Environmental calamities
Our dependence on unsustainable sources of energy like fossil fuels threatens the balance in the environment. When burnt, they release harmful gases like nitrogen, sulfur & mainly carbon. This further traps heat in the atmosphere causing the temperature to rise. The greenhouse effect attracts more moisture & causes climate change. Have a look at this infographic which displays the provoking factors of this alteration:
Image Courtesy: Prairie Climate Centre
Notice the major contributory element – Greenhouse gases emitted by human activities.
The effects can be disastrous:
- Sea-water surfaces may rise
- Increased intensity & duration of storms
- Heavy rainfalls
- A rise in air pollution
- Deterioration in food quality
Health Impacts of Environmental changes
Climate change severely affects our health giving rise to chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, and cardiovascular. Besides, the impact is mentally and psychologically detrimental. Poor air quality and increased Carbon footprints have also been linked to violence, water-related illness, anxiety, and depression. The results can be more devastating than expressed here.
Accepting the Onus of Planetary Healing..
The touchstone of natural destructive forces must be enough to wake us up. More than ever, it is now time to act in responsible ways for the sake of coming generations and our collective health. Let us see how:
- Reduce Reuse Recycle: These 3 R’s are the saviors of energy. They have many dimensions such as making compost from kitchen and garden waste, circulating cloth-made bags, donating unused items instead of throwing, etc.
- Zero waste systems should be adopted by individuals and organizations. Remember, whatever you are throwing ‘away’ is still not away! It is dumping into the environment we live in. Say NO to plastic packaging, eat fresh and live green. Let us not wait. Following these trailblazers can be inspirational:
- zerowastehome.com for ideas on waste-free lifestyle
- Lauren Singer on trashisfortossers.com
- Wellness bloggers like Lee Tilghman who have taken zero-waste challenges
- drawdown.org includes a toolset of solutions to reverse global warming with an optimistic approach.
- Be a health-conscious consumer and procure sustainable brands
Market patterns are changing. Sustainability is an innovation challenge but many companies are taking it on. Here are the examples:
- Nike’s Tennis classic sneakers are the first shoes to feature Flyleather. The technology uses 80% less carbon in production, reducing the shoe’s carbon footprints to half.
- Adidas’s Ultraboost sneakers are made from the recycled material of the ocean.
Visit http://fortune.com/2017/04/21/adidas-new-shoes-ocean-plastic/ for details.
- Thomson Multiwood – a substitute for wood is sustainable furniture.
- Forever Living Products – A wellness company of U.S. with Aloe-based products has 40 million aloe vera plants on 6500 acres of farms which cleanse the earth of 2 million tons of carbon footprints every year.
Aloe vera plantations, Forever Living Products
For details : foreverliving.com
Further, there are some simple ways to support the environment such as consuming organic food, conserving electricity, car-pooling, walking instead of driving, planting trees, turning towards renewable sources of energy derived from wind, rain & solar, and so on.
The power to save the planet lies in our hands. Healing the environment is the only route to wellness. Let’s walk together.
Author: Latika Sawhney
Latika Sawhney is an expounder & entrepreneur in the wellness domain. She is also an adept freelancer in web content writing. Using suitable literary devices, along with the knowledge of modern business curves, she endeavors to manifest vital facts to the reader. Her purpose is to provide important information in a coherent manner to make better choices.