Personally, I can’t see how cutting emissions, utilising renewable energy sources and stopping deforestation can be a bad thing for the planet, regardless whether or not climate change is man-made, CO2 is a greenhouse gas, Arctic ice is/is not melting or any other global warming argument.
There have been worries lately that the predicted changes have been too conservative and we’re all doomed quicker than previously thought, but on the other hand there is always the possibility of a super volcano erupting and covering the atmosphere with ash, thereby plunging us into another ice age quicker than you can say “Where’s my woolly hat?!”.
What I’m trying to say is that whilst I think that climate change is real and not some political plot to get more money out of us, you can never tell what is just around the corner to cause a major rethink.
Unfortunately, it is the world’s most vulnerable which are affected first and worst by climate change. Droughts, cyclones, floods. Life-threatening, overwhelming, and extreme. These natural disasters are now more frequent and more intense because of climate change. For poor families, the consequences are devastating. Homes, schools, crops, animals all wiped out – along with years of hard work.
The good news is that organisations such as Oxfam are putting their heads together to help people adapt to the changing seasons. Farmers are being supplied with seeds which will grow in dry conditions, irrigation systems are being installed and where flooding once swept away crops, farmers can now utilise floating vegetable gardens.