Apoorva Joshi

PhD student - Information and Media; Environmental Science and Policy @Michigan State University

Independent journalist -

Environment, Science, International

Issue or Misconception?

Are climate change, global warming, rise in temperature, really issues or are they just misconceptions that can be ignored? What will happen if the earth's temperature rises?Will we really be in danger? Or is it a myth doing the rounds scaring the living daylights out of people?
Time for the truth. Planet Earth. the Blue Planet. Visible as a gorgeous blue even from space, is now, a grey sphere rotating not-so-happily-ever after! The pollution we have caused,has actually changed the colour of our planet.Man has been on this planet for the last 11,500yrs.In that much time,we managed to actually change the appearance of our whole planet! Which is not an achievement.It is disaster! We had clues, hints, everything. But as usual, we chose to ignore. Ignore a disaster that will strike the whole planet.
Almost every fortnight now, we have articles in newspapers telling us about how the Europe-Asia ship pathway has opened up because Arctic ice is melting at a rate never before witnessed! This ice is melting because the planet's temperature IS rising.That was NOT a myth.The short waves that enter the earth's atmosphere from the sun, are converted into long wave radiation which is infra-red in nature.These long waves are not able to escape out of the atmosphere as they are supposed to do, due to the thick blanket of greenhouse gases that traps them within the atmosphere.This is called the 'Greenhouse Effect'. These waves ultimately end up heating the earth's surface, hence, raising the temperature.And since this effect takes place gloablly,it is called Global Warming.
This heat causes the ice to melt.This heat causes a shift of ocean currents.This heat causes a change in climate, i.e. -climate change!! So climate change, too, is not a misconception. We are having sudden heavy rains and extreme weather conditions due to this very reason. To those who have made themselves aware of the effects of further global warming, it is time to spread that awareness to those that are unaware. The immense weather changes and season shifts that are bound to occur, the total change of ecosystems, the extinction of all those species unable to cope with the ruthless fury of Nature, are just some of the incredible effects.
If ive scared you enough, id like to tell you now, that we can STILL do something to prevent this tragedy. We can behave responsibly towards our environment by using lesser electricity, switching the main switch of the tv sets off once ur done watching them, switching off mobile chargers once the mobiles are charged, using CFL lights, banning plastic, using cloth bags when we go shopping , asking people not to use plastic and not to throw it in our rivers to pollute what we drink , using water,paper,and our resources wisely, using our vehicles only when we need them, protesting against cutting of trees, planting new trees after consulting the authorities on the choice of specie. I can come up with much more. But im not the only person with a brain.
We are the people who make the governments. We choose our representatives. So if they dont do their jobs, WE have the power to make them step down. Use your voices in the right places. When you see trees being cut, or water being wasted, or animals being poached, raise ur voice! Because YOU are part of a planet that will see disaster if everyone like you chooses SILENCE OVER SENSE.
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