The weather and the climate, in general, impact us on a daily basis. And even if there is a tornado or a hurricane that spins for a couple of hours and dies, the climate is more permanent.
It refers to the long-standing state of the atmosphere in a given place.
Climate dictates culture, people, food, entertainment and livelihood. People who live in a tropical climate have a totally different lifestyle than those living in the Arctic, or in the Americas. That is because the climate determines how hot or cold the environment is. The climate is essentially a natural thing, but over time, can be damaged by human-induced activities.
Once the climate of a place, or globally for that matter, begins to deteriorate, the resulting effects are increased floods, damage to the ozone layer by the release of carbon emissions into the atmosphere, and a general increase in the earth’s temperature.
It is necessary to study the general climate of a place as well as globally. Doing so will enable scientists to make accurate predictions for the future and make adjustments if necessary.
Main Reasons for Climate March
Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Science define climate as, “the average or typical weather conditions we experience. Scientists know that climate varies naturally on many timescales and they know that people are affecting climate - particularly through emissions of greenhouse gases.”
On its own, climate changes naturally, which already has significant impacts on weather systems around the world. Excessive emissions, however, and other human behaviors deteriorate the atmosphere further.
Finding ways to protect the environment should be everyone’s priority. As a result, this article will provide you with the top five reasons why any climate march is justified.
1. Climate Change Affects Social Justice Issues
With warming temperatures, species dying out, and both animals and people immigrating to different territories, the impact of climate change cannot be overly emphasized.
Paul Getsos, National Coordinator at the People’s Climate Movement said, “Poor people and people of color are impacted by climate change early on because of a wide range of continuing historical and systemic injustices. Environmental issues are social justice issues. We're well underway on the impacts of global warming - we don't have the luxury of 5-10 years.”
With President Trump’s 30 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, he is effectively rolling back the marginal improvements that have been made. With less funding and the withdrawal of the Clean Water Rule, the quality of life will be affected. Beach-going activities and the number of citizens getting drinking water from streams will be significantly curtailed.
This is a clear demonstration that policies are based, not on scientific facts, but on partisan politics.
2. Raise Public Awareness and Education
The average person on the streets may be oblivious to the effects of their individual behaviors on the climate. They may only see it as a minuscule contribution, which it is. That is exactly why organized bodies thought it necessary not only to engage in climate march as a bid to educate the public but also as a way to twist legislators’ hands.
Other marches such as the women’s march brought to light that there are various persons who are apathetic to marches. “In order for the marches to resonate with not only activists but also with those that may feel left out of the political discourse, communicating their objectives and importance is key,” said a contributor at The HuffPost.
The ultimate aim of any climate march isn’t to rid some communities of their main income-earning tools, but to promote cleaner and healthier lifestyles.
3. Immediate and Global Threats
The increase in human consumption patterns and behaviors are having a large-scale effect on the global climate. 81 percent of all the energy used worldwide comes from burning fossil fuels.
This has effectively led to warmer temperatures, which have promoted rising sea levels, receding glaciers, polar ice caps melting, and deforestation.
Former President of the US, Barack Obama, proposed a Climate Action Plan, which sought to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere. This is because the threat to the environment is immediate and won’t just be a delayed reaction that will affect only future generations.
Everyone is entitled to clean air and water, and by ridding the air of man-made pollutants, the human race can actually preserve itself longer. This is because climate change affects agriculture, animal habitats, and the ocean floor.
Exposure to darker sea levels exacerbated by extreme heat causes an increase in the acidic environment of the ocean. This causes the proliferation of a cycle of heat and cold that adversely affect weather conditions. 2016 was the hottest year on record, and 2017 recorded more frequent and devastating hurricanes across the Caribbean and US.
4. The Urgency for Present Generations
The effects of pollution and increased burning of fossil fuels are having immediate effects on the world. President Donald Trump’s decision to reduce EPA’s funding means a lot less clean air and water for people to consume. Embedded in The Climate Action Plan were proposals that affected local infrastructure. Bridges, roads, and shorelines would need to be reinforced in a bid to combat rising sea and water levels.
Without adequate control of legislation that affects environmental protection, the damages will be felt immediately, rather than into the future.
Agricultural patterns also shift to accommodate new changes in the climate. Crops depend on predictable patterns for growth, and when alterations occur, crops don’t readily adapt. This will eventually lead not only to food shortages, but also immigration as people travel abroad to find food and better living environments.
Warmer atmospheric conditions on the ground level, also known as smog, will also lead to a deterioration in health. Polluted air contributes to more respiratory problems, such as asthma and a degradation of the air. With warmer temperatures, summer wildfires and heatwaves will increase, as well as contamination of drinking water by hot water-dwelling bacteria.
Natural animal habitats are diminishing. Since 2008, this made polar bears an endangered species.
When the polar ice caps melt, arctic animals can no longer survive and thus die off in large numbers. The natural flora and fauna under the sea are also eradicated as coral reefs experience bleaching, a condition caused by starvation of the corals.
5. Preservation of Future World
The state of the global climate isn’t irreversible. However, it took years for the damage to occur, and will take like years to correct.
That’s why climate march is important in that it enables current generations to better survive and for future generations to be preserved. In order to do so, people must be aware of how to curb their behaviors on a global scale.
Reduced power plant pollution will cut a majority of carbon emissions in the atmosphere. The Clean Power Plan aims to cut carbon pollution. No rules were in place before to combat this unlimited dumping into the air, which is effectually the largest contributor to global warming.
Global solutions involve galvanizing the efforts from nations such as China in cutting back on carbon pollution and investing in cleaner energy supplies.
Sustaining Climate Change in the Moment
There is always someone advocating for better policies under varying banners, from equal pay, women’s rights, anti-gun legislation or climate change. Many individuals have a nonchalant attitude – just sitting back and either hoping for the best or are totally unaware of the climatic problems that exist.
Neo-scientists are finding evidence that the earth was always warm, and those centuries ago the ocean was acidic and life continued. However, it is clear that the public needs to be aware of the reasons for a climate march. And not just one, but several.
The impact of negative human behavior on the environment is profound.
By continuously burning fossil fuels as an energy source, the atmosphere is being polluted and the ozone layer, which protects us from the damaging rays of the sun, is being depleted. As a result, there is an increase in illnesses and chronic diseases, deaths from heat waves, and new ailments cropping up on a daily basis.
Animals, forests and sea life are being destroyed, and without those elements to sustain us, it can be said too that life may in fact end despite critics’ railing on doomsday prophecies.
A lot can be done to curb current patterns of behavior, but the legislative backing is needed for the effects to be far-reaching. With the current President, Donald J. Trump, cleaning the board of policies that will benefit the environment, citizens’ options have been removed despite the greater effects on their livelihood.
The Clean Power Plan and the Climate Action Plan were instituted to help combat the effects of global warming. It is clear to see that climate changes, though man-made, is not a fictional concept. The effects are real and damaging.
Climate March, then, is a fundamentally necessary action in educating the public as well as promoting policies that will improve both the quality of life of the people on earth and the environment on a whole.