Climate change..many people have heard of it, or think they know what it means, but only few really do know what climate change is. Often people find the topic of the climate difficult to engage with and believe that because they are so small as a person in this world, they won’t be noticed or their view won’t be heard and so ignore it completely. But if everyone has that attitude, nothing will ever be achieved and all the things we truly appreciate will be gone.
First world countries often don’t feel the effects of climate change and that’s why hardly any people recognise it as an issue. What these places fail to see is that it is effecting our brothers and sisters overseas. Flooding, wildlife extinction, rising sea levels and drought, are some of a long list of threats to our world and often these dangers particularly impact the less fortunate countries which simply don’t have the means to protect themselves and so are stuck in a vulnerable life.
Being a young climate blogger, I found out that reading facts about the most vivid factors of climate change were the things that pushed me to really to try and make a difference, whether that be locally or nationally. So this is why I wanted to write the blog filled with 15 strange facts about climate change that you may not have known, hopefully to encourage and inspire others to support the campaign, one climate one world.
- In first world countries, the main way people are suffering in places like Britain and the US is dehydration. The rising temperature is a common trigger to dehydration which leads to health problems, often in vulnerable people, especially the elderly. Met office estimated that up to 2000 vulnerable people lost their lives in the UK last year due to dehydration and the problems it causes.
- The global temperature on average has increased by 1.4°F since the 1800. Although the increase seems tiny, it’s a huge amount for the whole world to increase by this. This increase is all because of climate change and is the reason droughts and more vicious storms are becoming frequent.
- Around 15% of the carbon released into the environment is due to deforestation. On a global scale, 15% is catastrophic thinking of all the other things that produce carbon.
- The US are taking action with climate change as they maintain over $40 million to be used purely on climate change research.
- The rise in temperature will not only cause dehydration but will increase the spread of deadly diseases causing more deaths each year.
- In 2003 around 70,000 deaths occurred in Europe alone due to diseases because of the rise In temperature.
- Flooding is becoming more frequent which can spread water borne diseases such as malaria, diarrhoea and malnutrition. These three diseases alone have caused 3 million deaths since 2005, one third of these deaths in Africa.
- Depending on carbon emissions the rise in temperature is predicted to rise from 1 to 6.4 degrees by the end of this century.
- Because climate change is effecting the growth of crops in agricultural dependant countries, the food price is predicted to rise by 50-60% by 2030.
- Climate change causes the temperature to differ dramatically causing more deaths of heart disease due to the body not being able to cope.
- Hurricane Katrina was a famous examples of the effects of climate change.
- According to the World Food programme, by 2015 the number of people affected by climate change will reach 375 million per year.
- Air conditioners and heating elements consume 50% electricity in the US.
- According to research, by the end of this century the sea levels are predicted to rise between 7-23 inches.
- CAFOD is committed to building a world that is free from poverty and injustice and that’s why they have launched their new campaign, ‘one climate one world’.
The campaign ‘one climate one world’ was set up to encourage younger people to get involved in helping protect our world and reading facts similar to these were the reason we decided to join this campaign. Often our work is linked into the ‘For the Love Of’ campaign where we discuss the things we would miss most if it was taken because of climate change. Some things that are mentioned are things like the wildlife becoming extinct, the Maldives being completely submerged in water, and the food that would no longer be able to be grown or transported.
There may be things in your community which have been installed to help like solar panels and wind farms. Although some view these as unattractive and potential eyesores, they are actually the perfect things first world countries can be doing to help tackle climate change, being both practical and efficient.
To try and do our bit we have been trying to make a difference in both small ways and big ways. In small ways by doing general things like turning off plugs and lights, and bigger ways by spreading the word. We have done numerous presentations and assemblies of the work we have been doing and also took part in events and promotions to try and do our part to tackle climate change.
I hope these facts have opened your eyes to the true issues and maybe even persuaded some people to join in our campaign to keep our world safe.
If you want to know more about CAFOD and the ‘One Climate, One World’ campaign.