The impact the human race has had on Earth’s environment is terrible, and undeniable. How much you think human activity has contributed to climate change is irrelevant. There is no doubt that we have to change our ways, and we have to change them now.
It seems like a monumental task, as we are still trying to educate people on the various issues that surround climate change. Factory farming is one major point of contention, given the fact that this practice is the number one cause of global greenhouse gas emissions and environmental degradation in the world.
Energy production is the same, but multiple breakthroughs have been made for decades that show some very promising potential. There is no shortage of solutions, yet we continue to delay their implementation.
Many of us are asking how can we change something so vast. With so many of the world’s resources in the hands of a small group of corporations, controlling our health, energy, finance, education, and more, what are we supposed to do? These corporations are also dictating government policy, making it nearly impossible for us to implement the solutions that are so readily available today.
As International Business Times points out, the effects of climate change are irreversible. Sea levels have been rising at a greater rate year after year, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates they could rise by another meter or more by the end of this century. As National Geographic showed us in 2013, sea levels would rise by 216 feet if all the land ice on the planet were to melt. This would dramatically reshape the continents and drown many of the world’s major cities.
The time for us to live in harmony with the planet and all life on it is overdue. We are supposed to work with nature, not against it, and this does not mean going back to the “stone age.” We have ways to do things here that are much cleaner, and can supersede our current human experience.
Hopefully this video gives you something to think about. I often ask myself, “What can I do?” The change that is needed at this time is so all-encompassing that it’s hard not to feel insignificant, but I know that doing nothing is not the answer. There is a large, and growing number of people on the planet who want to see drastic change, hopefully it’s leading to more action instead of more political gatherings that simply discuss the problem.
by Arjun Walia; collective-evolution.com
About the author
I joined the CE team in 2010 shortly after finishing university and have been grateful for the fact that I have been able to do this ever since :) There are many things happening on the planet that don't resonate with me, and I wanted to do what I could to play a role in creating change. It's been great making changes in my own life and creating awareness and I look forward to more projects that move beyond awareness and into action and implementation. So stay tuned :) firstname.lastname@example.org