Climate change and our role | We can’t just deny it!

We are all citizens of the world. It is too irresponsible to say this (as there was a tweet):


“Can we all please stop acting like ordinary people are to blame for climate change because we won’t take 5-minute showers and go vegan, and not the corporations that make billions from destroying the planet?”

just don’t live in a fool paradise by averting the blame to others, it is everybody’s job.

When I was a kid, my dad told me a story of a king who had had a swimming pool. He wanted to renew its water, so he asked his people that every man should take one pitcher out of the swimming pool. His advisor calculated that if 75% of the men took one pitcher out of the swimming pool, it could be sufficient to empty the pool within a day. A farmer was working in the field when his wife asked him to go and get a pitcher out of the swimming pool, to which he replied with the fury that he had much more important work to do, despite his one pitcher will not make much of a difference.


The next day, when the king saw that the swimming pool was standing full of water and nothing had been taken from it. He was furious and desperately ordered his general to go to the city and force every man to bring a pitcher and fill it with water from the pool. Within three hours the whole pool was emptied!

So, should we be forced to do one thing which seems to be our responsibility? It means we are waiting for this forced application upon us to help in the environment protection because no one is willingly ready to do so.


Don’t just take your neighborhood, city, or even your country into account, look at the broader aspect, the planet, the mother, who has given birth to us. It’s a demand from her that every child of hers should react and do his/her job. Can’t we see what’s happening, as we are watching it, we refuse to take responsibility and put all the blames on the others the easy targets, may it be the “rich” or “the government”.

We don’t now need scientists to show us that we have reached the time where we have to act before we reach the tipping point

To make the long story short, just don’t live in a fool paradise by averting the blame to others. It is everybody’s job. Everybody has to listen and start working his/her magic. If someone is not listening again this is our job to make him/her understand the gravity of the situation. Those days are long past when we used to say, “when the time will come, we’ll see”. We being a perfectly intelligent being to understand, what we are seeing, feeling, and translating the effects of climate change around us, we should not be irresponsible enough to just put blames on others for this to avoid being responsible.


Are we ready to play our role?

I will just come to the point! Don’t get me wrong and pardon me, but is it not idiotic or foolish that what we are watching with our own two eyes around us and still are shutting our eyes like pigeons or burying our heads in the sand. We don’t now need scientists to show us that we have reached the time where we have to act before we reach the tipping point. Only a fool will not accept it and will want to divert it onto others. Some people feel it’s not their responsibility, the government must do something, or those “rich” people should be made responsible. Well, they may be right, but are they listening? They are the idiots, fools, and morons, but are you? I agree that it is a planetary effect and large scale measures must be taken to stop or slow it down. But this doesn’t mean, we are out of responsibility, or we don’t have any role to play.

We have killed the earth by massive reproduction!

We reproduce a lot! Don’t blame just India, Bangladesh, or any other developing or under-developing country for this. The developing world is very fond of “making babies”. Every family has at least 3, and they even want more. The normal number is five. No matter whether someone is well-off or otherwise, having a lot of babies is a niche, everybody wants to be in. It’s not just giving birth to the babies, they are living beings. They have to be taken care of, well-fed, educated, etc. So, having more and more babies, just for fun, is a matter we consider our birthright. We should blame the government or “oil tycoons” for condemning us to have more and more babies. You be the judge!


Every married couple has to have babies, and not just 1 or 2, but lots of them. Everybody has got his or her logic to put into it. Nobody, whom I have met in my life-time, has ever said no-more to babies. The population is increasing at an alarming rate. When we turned from 1899 to 1900, we were 1 billion only. 1900 or twentieth century saw two big wars, a lot of famines, and dictator governments which killed people by hundreds of thousands, if not millions. Yet, when we turned from 1999 to 2000, we became 6 billion. What!

The number of humans on the planet could reach 11 billion people by the end of the century

Who is to blame, the government of Uganda, the United States, South Africa, or India? Is there no individual responsibility in this?

I have seen people, who form the outset knew that they can’t even afford their own life fully, gets married, and within 5-6 years have at least 3 kids. Imagine the life they have put not only themselves into, but their kids are born to suffer right from the outset. I have got experience of watching, researching, and observing scores of such people, who can’t get out of the perpetual poverty they have put themselves in.


That day, I was watching a big, fat, black woman crying on a news channel about how she had lost her job due to coronavirus, now how will she feed her 5 kids. Really! Five kids! Believe me, every child of hers was obese, right from the 5 years old to 12 years old. So the United States government is responsible for this. Are we for serious?

Scientists warn that a catastrophic tipping point is possible in the next few decades.

I am not quoting any data or any scientific facts about this. This thing doesn’t need those sophisticated data to tell us. We all know and aware of all these. We are just keeping our eyes shut and waiting for someone else to take responsibility and do something magically so that every change around us can be reverted.

If we are not willfully getting a pitcher out, we will then be forced to do so. What if this force comes from nature? Will, we not react to it even then and risk destruction?


Scientists warn that a catastrophic tipping point is possible in the next few decades. By midcentury, possibly before, the average global temperature is projected to rise by more than 2 degrees Celsius, the point scientists and world leaders agree would trigger cataclysmic consequences.


"The climate crisis is a reproductive crisis"

U.S. birth rates plummeted during the Great Depression. Many also must have thought twice amid warnings of overpopulation in the 1960s and '70s and under the threat of nuclear holocaust.


There is yet another story of a professor teaching his class, but this time it is a real one:

The metric tons of CO2 saved when a person chooses to have one fewer child: 9,441

Standing before several dozen students in a college classroom, Travis Rieder tries to convince them not to have children, or at least not too many. He's a philosopher with the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.


Rieder's audience seems to want an easier way. A student asks about the carbon savings from not eating meat.


Excellent idea, Rieder says. But no amount of conservation gives you a pass. Oregon State University researchers have calculated the savings from all kinds of conservation measures: driving a hybrid, driving less, recycling, using energy-efficient appliances, windows, and light bulbs.

One obese person eats equal to, at least 3 people. If I have a family of 5, my food expenses are for 15 people.

For an American, the total metric tons of carbon dioxide saved by all of those measures over an entire lifetime of 80 years: 488. By contrast, the metric tons saved when a person chooses to have one fewer child: 9,441.


Eat and go on eating is the cry of the day

Just switch on the TV, or watch some public YouTube videos. You will see every other person obese, not fat; obese. Don’t just watch Hollywood movies or sitcoms and appreciate the trim and slim bodies of the actors and models. Watch the general public. Here again, I will not quote any of the data. Our eyes are the best judge. We are not eating to live; rather we are living just for eating and we are killing ourselves just by eating.


I have the personal experience of been shouted upon and shunned out whenever I had suggested eating less. I am not the kind of person to ask for drastic measures. As far as I remember, I never asked any of my friends or patients to skip a meal or become a vegetarian. I just asked them to look in the mirror and see for themselves.

One obese person eats equal to, at least 3 people. If I have a family of 5, my food expenses are for 15 people. Do you think there is enough food produced for 6 billion multiplied by 3 equal 18 billion people? I think the answer is obvious! Don’t talk of “the rich” who are accumulating wealth and on whom we happily put all the blame for the greenhouse, etc. We can’t even decrease our intake. Our greed for one meal is to such an extent that never once it occurs to us that I am eating out of another person’s share. I am snatching this food out of someone else's mouth. The so-called rich people are better than they give some of their wealth in charities, but we, as an individual, are not leaving anything for others.

Today, when I was researching for this article on the net, I came across plenty of websites, who are trying their best to convince their readers that it is not the responsibility of an individual to avert the climate changes. Governments must act and do something massive, etc. Do you think those “greedy”, “rich”, “oil-tycoons” will listen to tiny voices of the public, including that of Greta’s, and give-up their greed, if we, as a responsible individual of our society, are not even letting go of one meal? Do you think it is justifiable to ask them, what about us, the “people at large”, the normal people, as we call ourselves? We are not letting go of one meal, do you expect those tycoons to let go a million or a billion? We are living in the fool’s paradise then!

In the United States, over one-third of all available food goes uneaten through loss or waste

Should we need to consume like we are doing right now?

This is a topic wherein the blame can easily be put on the rich. A normal person doesn’t have enough money to indulge in “overconsumption”. But, do you know how many rich people are there in this world, your country, and city or in your society? The answer is very straight forward, very few, a number as little as not affect when it comes to consumption.

It is the majority of us who are consuming like hell. Now and then we have to buy new clothes, a new piece of jewelry, a new fashion, or even new house furniture, etc. What’s wrong with the old one, when it is totally like new, can be used again; will not affect its efficiency or affectivity. Nobody listens; seriously no one is ready to listen. They just shut down their ears and behave like idiots. So who is to blame, governments again?


We waste too much

Here I am forced to put some data to make it up to the prospect:


“In the United States, over one-third of all available food goes uneaten through loss or waste. The truth is that an astounding amount of food in America goes to waste. Though food waste is often brought up around the holidays, as they are particularly wasteful, it’s not only then that we waste massive quantities of food. We’re wasteful every single day of the year. The United States is the global leader in food waste, with Americans discarding nearly 40 million tons of food every year. That’s 80 billion pounds of food and equates to more than $161 billion, approximately 219 pounds of waste per person and 30-40 percent of the US food supply. Most of this food is sent to landfills; food is the single largest component taking up space inside US landfills. It makes up 22 percent of municipal solid waste.”

Please don’t be a fool….whatever you are seeing is real. You have to do your part.

Is it not enough to open your eyes, wait for more!

More than 820 million people around the world — just over 11% of the global population — suffer from hunger, according to the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).


At the same time, ironically — and tragically — about a third of all the food produced around the world gets lost or wasted. That adds up to about 1.3 billion metric tons of potential nourishment that doesn’t get consumed each year, including the equivalent of a billion sacks of potatoes, 3.7 trillion apples, 574 billion eggs, and 763 boxes of pasta, among other foods.


The number of humans on the planet could reach 11 billion people by the end of the century, the United Nations projects, up from just over 7 billion people now. Already, more than 2 billion people face water scarcity each month, but tremendous amounts of water are still wasted.


Nothing more I want to say.


We love charities

Charities are fashionable nowadays. I don’t believe in charities in this way. When “the rich” opt for charities, it’s like giving needy money by slapping on the face. It’s one way of saying that you are a loser and are dependent upon our charities.


If you want to give to charities, first do your part. Decrease your carbon footprint. Decrease bringing more mouths to this planet, decrease eating, and leave for others. The deserving will get automatically whatever you have not used, wasted, or accumulated. Decrease waste, decrease consumption. You will see that you don’t even have to be charitable then. This way you are giving others a fair chance, it is what they wanted and needed, nothing else.


After doing your best in all these areas and if you still think, you have had more than what you need, give it to others as a charity.


Please don’t be a fool….whatever you are seeing is real. You have to do your part. Nothing much is required by you. Nobody is asking you to change your lifestyle, get the luxury out of your life, or don’t enjoy your hard-earned money, etc. It’s just that open up your eyes, look what you shouldn’t do and what you are doing, which is your weight in climate destruction.


It’s not a question of ethics, philosophy, or intellect. It is just a tiny little request to look after your home, can you?


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Can one person in seven billion make a difference? Despite the furor over government reports and international conferences, climate change is a problem of personal consumption. Swiss scientists say humanity could limit the effects if each person used just 2,000 watts of power a year. The average American consumes 12,000. A Bangladeshi uses 300. The challenge is a conscientious reduction in the West, writes Naomi Klein in This Changes Everything. Lifestyle choices, such as traveling less plus better regulation and technologies will help the numbers drop.


Businesses

In 2009, when MIT’s Sloan Management Review first surveyed businesses about sustainability efforts, it found most “doing only what is necessary to meet regulatory requirements.” Five years later the survey told a different story: Nearly two-thirds of companies said sustainability was at the top of their agendas, which fewer than half had said earlier. What changed? The CEOs’ sense of green initiatives’ worth, say Patricia and Jack Phillips, authors of The Green Scorecard. “Today, most (if not all) businesses recognize that climate change is a problem,” they write. “Smart companies use their environmental strategy to build competitive advantage.”


Cities

More than half the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050 cities will likely be bursting with two-thirds of the people on the planet. Since urban areas already account for an estimated 76 percent of CO2 emissions from energy use—and many are especially vulnerable to flooding and higher temperatures—it makes sense that city officials are taking on climate change. After all, doing so also gives them a shot at reducing pollution, improving aging infrastructure, and making their cities more attractive to residents and businesses.

Nations

In 2014 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts” unless greenhouse gases are curtailed. More than 830 scientists, bringing the concerns of the 80-plus nations they call home, contributed to the report. Within their borders and on the world stage, nations wield influence that individuals, cities, and businesses cannot. Their policies can spur green innovation or stunt it, toughen pollution standards, or weaken them. The fate of any accord on climate change lies in their hands.


Solar is the “biggest tool in the toolbox” for cutting carbon, says Greg Wilson of the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The International Energy Agency says wind power will also play a big role and could increase up to tenfold by 2050. At their peak potential, solar and wind could help us avoid some 12 gigatons of yearly carbon emissions, almost a third of the world’s current total. New wind and solar technologies abound. Places short on land are using local waters for wind turbines and solar panels (like these on a pond in Japan’s Kato City).


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Geoengineering is a catchall term for deliberate large-scale interventions in the planetary environment that are designed to counteract climate change. As global carbon emissions rise, advocates say more research into geoengineering is needed. But hacking the planet carries unknown risks, and the politics of planetwide climate intervention would likely be complex. For starters, governments might need to agree on whether to even try cooling an overheated Earth, an extreme measure that could harm some countries while helping others.


The above excerpt is taken from the National Geographic site. So you see, efforts have already started, people are awakening. What remains are you and me who are not listening and not putting our weight into it. We have to open our eyes and look around, as what’s happening, what is my role in it, and how can I help? That’s it!


Sources:

https://www.usda.gov/foodlossandwaste

https://www.rts.com/resources/guides/food-waste-america/

https://247wallst.com/special-report/2019/09/10/countries-that-waste-the-most-food/

https://www.livescience.com/41341-ways-we-waste-water.html

https://www.npr.org/2016/08/18/479349760/should-we-be-having-kids-in-the-age-of-climate-change

https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/climate-change/

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/climate-change/how-to-fix-it/you.html


 

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