Human behaviour brings killer storms like Idalia, Frankin, Saola



Cut consumption, waste and pollution while increasing green spaces, or face worse climate disasters than Idalia, Frankin, and Saola which are killing people in August.

Make your voice heard by those in power who must know that immediate client action is needed to roll back climate change before it is really too late. That is what students and scholars at the Imperial College of London are urging.

That is the message Gaia (Gaea-Mother Earth or ‘nature’) is sharing with her Idalia, Frankin and Saola/Goring.

“Unfortunately, the education of the population of humans on Earth has not reached the point wherein just stating plain facts like ‘polluting the air is bad for living things’ gets across with simple acknowledgment,” says Geraldine Frisque who leads  RINJ Women’s climate action project.

Watch Video: Hurricanes Idalia and Frankin seen from space, and turn on your television to watch the news about how these storms are changing human life on Earth.

 

Video: Hurricanes Idalia and Frankin seen from space courtesy Space.com


Global average temperature,

Graph showing correlation of measured global average temperature, from several scientific organizations referenced in the graph. Converted from SVG, Art, Cropping, Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto / Feminine-Perspective-Magazine


Climate Change / Crisis is connected to human behaviour

The next time riding on an electric bus somewhere, stand up and announce to fellow riders, “this is a better bus because it is electric. Polluting the air by burning fossil fuels is bad for all living creatures. Do you agree?”

On that bus, listen for the “climate change skepticism” and “climate change denial” which refer to denial, dismissal or unwarranted doubt of the scientific consensus on the rate and extent of global warming, its significance, or its connection to human behavior, in whole or in part.—Wikipedia

Our friends at the Imperial College of London, a foremost public health learning institution, suggest 9 things you can do about climate change.

  1. Make your voice for climate action heard by those in power.
  2. Eat less meat and dairy, better yet, become totally vegan. No meat.
  3. A typical vegan diet replaces meat, poultry, and seafood products with soy (like tofu), legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds. But in what proportions? “Consider four roughly equal portions on your vegan plate: Fruits, vegetables, grains (preferably whole), and proteins (beans, peas, nuts, soy). Mix it up,” suggests the doctors at WebMD.
  4. Cut back on flying.
  5. Leave the gas guzzler car at home.
  6. Reduce your energy use, and your bills.
  7. Respect and protect all green spaces and try to create more.
  8. Bank and invest your money responsibly.
  9. Cut household and workplace consumption and waste.

According to Imperial College scholars, “not only do cars contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, but air pollution caused by exhaust fumes and tyre wear poses a serious threat to public health. It has been shown to affect the health of unborn babies and increase the risk of dementia.”

Temperature change in FahrenheitTemperature Change in the last 50 Years by NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

“Surface air temperature changes to date have been most pronounced in northern latitudes and over land masses. The image uses longer term averages of at least a decade to smooth out climate variability due to factors such as El Niño. The map is improved from the highest quality rendering that NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio generates,” explains NASA.


 

Greenpeace suggests:

  • Keep fossil fuels in the ground. Fossil fuels include coal, oil and gas – and the more that are extracted and burned, the worse climate change will get. All countries need to move their economies away from fossil fuels as soon as possible.
  • Invest in renewable energy. Changing our main energy sources to clean and renewable energy is the best way to stop using fossil fuels. These include technologies like solar, wind, wave, tidal and geothermal power.
  • Switch to sustainable transport. Petrol and diesel vehicles, planes and ships use fossil fuels. Reducing car use, switching to electric vehicles and minimising plane travel will not only help stop climate change, it will reduce air pollution too.
  • Help us keep our homes cosyHomes shouldn’t be draughty and cold – it’s a waste of money, and miserable in the winter. The government can help households heat our homes in a green way – such as by insulating walls and roofs and switching away from oil or gas boilers to heat pumps.
  • Improve farming and encourage vegan diets. One of the best ways for individuals to help stop climate change is by reducing their meat and dairy consumption, or by going fully vegan. Businesses and food retailers can improve farming practices and provide more plant-based products to help people make the shift.
  • Restore nature to absorb more carbon. The natural world is very good at cleaning up our emissions, but we need to look after it. Planting trees in the right places or giving land back to nature through ‘rewilding’ schemes is a good place to start. This is because photosynthesising plants draw down carbon dioxide as they grow, locking it away in soils.
  • Protect forests like the Amazon. Forests are crucial in the fight against climate change, and protecting them is an important climate solution. Cutting down forests on an industrial scale destroys giant trees which could be sucking up huge amounts of carbon. Yet companies destroy forests to make way for animal farming, soya or palm oil plantations. Governments can stop them by making better laws.
  • Protect the oceans. Oceans also absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which helps to keep our climate stable. But many are overfished, used for oil and gas drilling or threatened by deep sea mining. Protecting oceans and the life in them is ultimately a way to protect ourselves from climate change.
  • Reduce how much people consume. Our transport, fashion, food and other lifestyle choices all have different impacts on the climate. This is often by design – fashion and technology companies, for example, will release far more products than are realistically needed. But while reducing consumption of these products might be hard, it’s most certainly worth it. Reducing overall consumption in more wealthy countries can help put less strain on the planet.
  • Reduce plastic. Plastic is made from oil, and the process of extracting, refining and turning oil into plastic (or even polyester, for clothing) is surprisingly carbon-intense. It doesn’t break down quickly in nature so a lot of plastic is burned, which contributes to emissions. Demand for plastic is rising so quickly that creating and disposing of plastics will account for 17% of the global carbon budget by 2050 (this is the emissions count we need to stay within according to the Paris agreement).