A Personal Initiative On #ClimateChange “Everyone Can Participate”; Align with Global Initiatives

By: Juntee Terrenal, GMS, ▪Competency ▪ Experience ▪ Results

Why is #climatechange has already began dominating the airwaves? The topic is very relevant to current climate changes and phenomena around the world. The world leaders of 150 plus countries will converge in Paris at the end of this month to exchange deliberation about an international strategy that will ‘slow down’ the effect of #climatechange globally.

“It is not only our Leaders who can decide about what we do in slowing down the impact of ‘climatechange’. As citizens of the world, we too have responsibility in slowing it down.

   As we actively observed the every consequence of the changing climate around us; you and I can identify areas within our vicinity where we can make a difference in this international initiative. Your own personal participation can preserve Mother Earth from further deterioration”

“Man is the worst enemy of man. We can say it with terrorists. But we can say the same when it comes to climate. Human beings are destroying nature, damaging the environment and it is therefore for human beings to face up to their responsibilities for the future generations.

It’s a duty for mankind to be bold in the days to come to reach an agreement, a binding agreement, a universal agreement. One that is ambitious,” – said François Hollande, President of France at Commonwealth summit

With the Paris’ Climate Change Summit – the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), it will bolster a significant stride about an international awareness pertaining to realistic condition of the Mother Earth and to reduce global greenhouse emissions.

Hopefully, everyone who will be actively listening will learn something from it. And will take a personal initiative in helping the ‘slowing down’ of the #climatechange. Let’s begin this in our own household and backyard. A small piece of participation will create greater impact to humanity because of our combined active role.

“We do not have the right to test the planet’s tolerance. We do, however, have the responsibility to act now and build truly resilient future and I am sure the Commonwealth and those here will play a critical part in this endeavour.” – said Prince Charles of Wales at Commonwealth Summit

“People want to do more. But they want to know that what they are doing fits into a bigger picture. Yes, every single one of us can, and should be, much more conscious of the ways we can act to reduce our carbon footprint, to have a greater impact on protecting the environment going forward.” – said Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada at COP21

In the last few years, we have seen before our very eyes that many places internationally were affected by unusual floods (United Kingdom, USA, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Chile, etc), the most recent experiences of wildfires and droughts in California, Oregon and Washington.

When you have traveled internationally, there are many places with very pleasant climates. However, it the recent five years dramatic changes of high and scorching heat were unbearable. Within our own backyard alone, temperatures are dramatically changing on a particular season from extreme cold to extreme heat.

Yet, there are many people in the US Congress that are employed by taxpayers, who are enjoying the conveniences of air-conditioned offices; they believed #climatechange is not something that they will focus some attention with. The taxpayers who are paying their salaries are the ones who get the first hand experiences of weather changes but their representative couldn’t care less of finding alternative solutions that will help ease equal convenience of citizenry.

“The greatest obstacles we face in the fight against #climatechange aren’t technological or economic – they are political” – said President Barack Obama

While the intent of the Obama Administration is to protect the environment for the citizens of the United States and other nationals, as individuals we have responsibility to create techniques that will help in ‘slowing down’ climate change initiative.  Our contribution can create an impact towards a bigger scale.

Catholic Church Cardinal Peter Turkson says “people should be “encouraged” to exercise their “ecological citizenship” (source: BBC.com)

On a bigger picture, which ones are the bigger culprit that created the worsening #climatechange in our environment? The largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities in the United States is from burning fossil fuels for electricity, heat, and transportation. It is the big corporations that are using #fossilfuels and that are profiting from their use. Consumers enjoy the product they produce however. Yet the government give tax advantage to corporations that are creating the destruction of Mother Earth. (sourcecredit: EPA)

Backgrounder of Climate Change:

Climate change is caused by humankind’s increased emissions of greenhouse gases as well as other factors that are polluting our environment, the Mother Earth. Today,atmospheric CO2 levels are higher than ever before in human history.

Greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (C4H) and nitrous oxide (N2O) as well as fluoromethane (HFC) and perfluoromethane (PFC). Most abundantly emitted is CO2. But even though the share of methane and nitrous oxide is smaller, they still have a big impact: methane is 25 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than CO2, and nitrous oxide is 300 times as harmful.

Infografik Life Links Greenhouse gas

Taken together, the burning of three main fossil fuels – coal, natural gases and oil – accounts for 65 percent of greenhouse gas emissions; the remaining 35 percent are mainly derived from livestock and waste emitting methane and cutting down trees for logging or land use. (credit source: dw.com)

To read more detailed information about what is causing #ClimateChange please visit Global Climate Change by DW.

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