Climate Change, There are ways that all of us can help.
I am attending the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 in New York during the next few days where I will be making several presentations. I am delighted to contribute to this summit to help propel actions to help solve climate change – the greatest issue of our time.
Due to climate change, our weather is getting more extreme and natural disasters are becoming more severe and more frequent. Hundreds of millions of people will need to find somewhere else to live due to climate change during the next decades.
There are ways that all of us can help. We can incorporate renewable energy into our lives and we can work to reduce our use of fossil fuels. The price of renewable energy today is very competitive compared to fossil fuel-based energy. And if you factor in the cost of bad air quality, health impacts, and environmental cleanup – the true cost of coal and other fossil fuels is higher than the cost of most renewable energy technologies.
Animal agriculture in the world contributes 14 – 18% of all human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, and the majority of this comes from the production of beef. If everyone would reduce the amount of meat we eat, we would greatly reduce one of the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions.
Protecting our planet and the quality of our lives can be very rewarding! Renewable energy is cleaner and healthier than carbon-based fuels. And plant-based eating is tasty! I want to look into the eyes of today’s youth and say that I am doing everything I can to help pass on a healthy planet.
Jean-Michel Cousteau, President of Ocean Futures Society
Are you really trying? Do you really care about this or is it someone else’s problem.
Climate Change. Every day I see more and more plastic, Getting groceries with my husband and take a good look at our cart, it is shocking how much comes in plastic containers the is a one-time use. We are speaking to our grocery stores and restaurants. But I see plenty I can do personally.
Yet Another Dead Whale Is Grave Reminder Of Our Massive Plastic Problem
Trevor Nace , CONTRIBUTOR Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.
WE have a massive plastic problem.We have to get rid of plastic. Look at this……. A sperm whale was found washed ashore dead after swallowing 64 pounds of plastic debris. The male sperm whale was found on the Murcian coast in southern Spain in late February, reminding us how critical plastic waste in the oceans has become.
Experts found the inner walls of the whale’s abdomen to be inflamed due to a bacterial or fungal infection. This is likely a result of the whale unable to expel the plastics from its system, resulting in peritonitis.
WE have to get rid of Plastic!
The male sperm whale, an endangered species protected in the US under the Endangered Species Conservation Act, weighed over 6 tonnes and measured 33 feet long. Sperm whales typically eat squid and live around the same lifespan as humans, averaging 70 years.
As a result of the whale’s death, the Murcia government launched a campaign against dumping plastic waste into the coastal town’s water. The coastal community is working to raise awareness of the ever-growing plastic problem in oceans and the need for beach cleaning.
With an increasing amount of plastic discarded in oceans, whale deaths due to ingestion of plastics are becoming far too common. Just two years ago a pod of 13 sperm whales all washed ashore dead from ingestion of plastic waste.
To cope with this dilemma, many countries around the world are phasing out single-use plastic bags as typically seen in grocery stores. Below is a map of where countries are in their phasing out of low-density polyethylene plastic bags.
Green indicates plastic bags are banned
Yellow indicates a tax on some plastic bags
Orange indicates a voluntary tax agreement
Purple indicates a partial tax or ban at a regional level
The European Union is pushing a transition to have all plastic recyclable or reusable by 2030 with many agencies around the world discussing phasing out non-biodegradable plastics completely.
However, in the meantime efforts to clean up beachesand oceans are underway due to dedicated and novel initiatives.
My grandsons and I picked up trash off the beautiful Coastline along the Alabama Gulf. I was pleased when they asked if we could do this during their summer break.
The most plastic objects we picked up were straws. I believe if each time any of us visit a fast food business we should ask the owners to use paper straws and cups. The plastic drink cups and straws are only used for a moment. Then thrown out.