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14 Ways Climate Change is Ruining the Planet

Climate change can seem like a scientific term that is so far away from our everyday reality. But, it’s time we realize that it’s not. Notice how hot it keeps getting over the summer? That’s climate change, and it’s affecting our everyday lives. The air we breathe, the weather, nature surrounding us, and the entire planet at large are at stake if we don’t act now before it’s too late.

According to National Geographic, “Climate change is the long-term alteration of temperature and normal weather patterns in a place. This could refer to a particular location or the planet as a whole. Climate change is currently occurring throughout the world as a result of global warming. Global warming is an increase in the planet’s overall temperature due to the burning of fossil fuels, such as natural gas, oil, and coal. Burning these materials releases certain gases into Earth’s atmosphere. These gases trap the heat from the Sun’s rays inside the atmosphere, causing Earth’s average temperature to rise.”

Knowledge is power and in celebration of National Wildlife Day on September 4, we want to arm you with facts about climate change, including what humans are doing to contribute to it, the effects it’s having on Earth, and what you can do to help fight climate change right now.

July Was the Hottest Month on Record — Ever

Some people need facts before they believe that climate change is an actual thing. Well, here’s a glaring one. July 2019 was the hottest month in recorded history, a.k.a the last 140 years, when temperatures were first noted. Temperatures are just going to get higher and higher unless we really address and combat climate change.

Alaska Reached 90 Degrees and Greenland Lost Billions of Ice

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Climate change is a real thing. Anyone alive today with kids or grandkids should be thinking about what they are leaving behind for their loved ones. Your legacy is no longer how successful your business is, how, many houses you own or how much money you have in the bank. Your legacy is mother nature, our one and only planet to thrive on, and how greatly you tried to save her. Going vegan is not a quick or easy decision and if you don't know a lot about nutrition it may not be appropriate for your own health to try vegan as meat does hold a lot of vital nutrients BECAUSE the animal has already consumed them and broken them all down for you… but the animals we eat are herbivores and if they can get all their nutrients from plants… so can you! HOWEVER just cutting down is a great first step. Aim for meat once a day instead of 3 times a day, then try for every second day. Swap out cows milk for one of the many fantastic nut mylks qe have available these days. Use avocado or coconut oil or olive oil spread instead of butter. And when you do have meat or cheese aim for organic and grass fed. This hugely decreases the impact your product has had on the land. You can buy 100% free range eggs. Just fork out the extra money and support farmers doing the right thing by their animals and by mother nature! I'm going to be sharing more of my easy vegan recipes and saving them in highlights for you to come back to and use as you need. If we all set aside our differences and help each other, rather than fight about race, gender, sexual orientation or religion. Things that ultimately matter NOT AT ALL if we have no planet to live on. Then we may just have a chance 🍃💕✌

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Here are more facts that bring home the truth that is climate change. According to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, in Anchorage, Alaska, temperatures hit 90 degrees for the first time. In Chennai, India, a whopping 9 million people are running out of water. Greenland has lost an unfathomable 250 billions of ice and the fires in the Amazon are attacking where the entire planet gets 20% of its oxygen.

Animal Agriculture is a Contributor

It’s hard for us as individuals to accept that some of the things we do are contributing to damaging the earth. But think about it: if we all eat meat all the time, or all use plastic straws every day, those things add up when you’re talking about billions of people doing the same thing.

Animal agriculture is a definite contributor to the climate change problem. In order to reduce it and the greenhouse gas emissions that come from it, it is advised to lower or eliminate completely, your consumption of meat.

Food is Losing Nutrients Due to Climate Change

Climate change affects way more in our everyday lives than we realize.

Did you know it affects the food we eat? According to Planature, plants are taking in more CO2. This, in turn, leads to more starch being made, which can possibly affect its nutrients. This means you are then getting fewer health benefits now from the same foods you’ve been eating for decades.

If the Temps Keep Rising, the Arctic Won’t Have Ice in 2040


You may have seen photos of polar bears clinging on to melting glaciers or swimming from one piece of disappearing ice to another. They are victims of the ever-melting ice due to climate change and global warming.

If things keep deteriorating at the rate they’re going and the current rate of global temperature rise continues, there will be no ice left in the Arctic by 2040.

Single-Use Plastic is a Contributor (How You Can Help)


Single-use plastic is another contributor to climate change. These days, it’s easier than ever to make that shift towards utilizing reusable products, like shopping bags, water bottles, straws, utensils, and more.

With each item you get, you are saying yes to one product that you can use again and again, and no to thousands of plastic products that are damaging the planet.

At Least 40% of the World’s Species Are Being Threatened

According to a report by the World Conservation Union, at least 40 percent of all the species in the world are being threatened. Global warming is partly to blame.

Some of the animals who are in danger of disappearing forever because of it include koalas, giraffes, polar bears, sea turtles, and penguins,

Deforestation is a Contributor

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(Em português mais para baixo 🇧🇷) 🇨🇦 Deforestation accounts for 12% of the carbon emissions. When trees die either from a natural or human process the carbon they have absorbed for, sometimes as long as centuries, is realised into the atmosphere. "Which is why the effect of wildfires on emissions is among the most feared climate feedback loops – that the world's forest, which have been carbon sinks, would become carbon sources, unleashing all the stored gas (…) more burning only means more warming that only means more burning." (The Uninhabitable Earth: Life after the warming) . That's why it's more important for us to protect our forests than to plant new trees. Planting trees is great, do it! But also let' not forget to protect our already existing forests. The Amazon forest is responsible for 1/4th of all the carbon absorption. But in 2018 after Jair Bolsonaro was elected he promised to open the Amazon to development aka deforestation. A group of Brazilians scientists estimates that between 2021 and 2030 this policy would release 13,12 gigatons of carbon, the equivalent of the emissions of China and the US combined. . . 🇧🇷 O desflorestamento é a causa de 12% das emissões de carbono. Quando uma árvore morre todo o carbono acumulado, por até mesmo séculos, é liberado para a atmosfera. "Por esse motivo os efeitos das emissões pelas queimadas naturais está entre um dos mais temidos loops climáticos – as florestas do mundo que tiravam o carbono no mundo serão fontes de carbono (…) mais queimadas, mais aquecimento, o que significa mais queimadas." (Terra inabitável: Vida Após o Aquecimento) . Por isso é mais importante proteger nossas florestas do que plantar árvores. Plantar árvores é ótimo, plante árvores! Mas não se esqueça de proteger as florestas que já existem. A Amazônia é responsável por 1/4 da absorção se carbono mundial. Em 2018 quando Jair Bolsonaro foi eleito ele prometeu abrir a Amazônia para o desenvolvimento, ou seja, desflorestamento. Um grupo de cientistas brasileiros estimam que entre 2021 e 2030 essa nova política iria liberar 13,12 gigatonelaadas de carbono, o equivalente das emissões de um ano da China e Estados Unidos combinadas.

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Deforestation completely devastates the areas in which it happens, displacing wildlife, causing greenhouse gases to be released (anywhere from 10% to 24% of the world’s emissions), and just upsetting the balance of overall balance of nature. In fact, according to the Earth Day Network, it is the second leading cause of global warming.

There Has Been an Increase of Heat-Related Deaths

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Global warming is causing temperatures to skyrocket everywhere. People who are allergic to heat or sweat, are heat intolerant, or have other heat-related/exacerbated illnesses will find consistently rising temps especially problematic.

Other Ways that Humans Contribute to Global Warming


There are ways that you can start addressing these issues, like eating less meat, buying less, using less electricity, not using products that contain aerosol, and more. The most important thing on this list is having the ability to change — change your perspective and change your actions.

Climate Change Causes Natural Disasters and Displacement

We are seeing the devastating side effects of global warming and climate change — floods, droughts, wildfires, hurricanes, heat waves, and more. These events sometimes destroy the areas they hit, displacing the people who live there, and making them “climate refugees.” According to @curious_pantha, by 2050, there will be one billion victims of climate change.

Less Freshwater Will Be Available


Another horrible side effect of global warming and climate change is that since the glaciers of the world will continue to melt, there will be less fresh water available for the world to drink. According to Lonely Polar Bear on Instagram, these glaciers provide approximately three-quarters of the planet’s freshwater.

The concentration of CO2 is the Highest in 3 Million Years

We are at a point where everyone needs the brutal facts about climate change and global warming to be laid out, in plain sight. This post lists all the atrocities that are happening to our environment and it also includes the scary fact that as of 2018, the CO2 levels are the highest they have been in 3 million years. Let that sink in.

Start Saying Goodbye to Avocados, Christmas Trees, and Dry Wine

The Lonely Polar Bear Instagram account (@lonelypolarbearstore) drops several bits of knowledge when it comes to ways in which we are messing with the earth’s climate. You will find that at the rate at which we are going with its destruction, we can look forward to a decline in avocados, Christmas trees (due to the now-thriving pine bark beetle), and light dry wines.