This isn't the kind of stuff I usually blog about, but it's high time I used whatever little reach I have from my blog to voice some collective concerns about our rising carbon footprint. Months back, I started following an organisation called 350.org. The premise is quite simple - our carbon footprint is increasing steadily at a rate of 2 particles per million (ppm) each year. We're already way above the healthy limit of carbon in the atmosphere - 350 ppm. Given our current reading of 392 ppm, in two decades we're going to see some pretty drastic consequences if we don't act fast. What could some of those consequences be? Let's take a look:
- Rising sea levels are likely to wipe out little countries and islands like Maldives. That means several people displaced from their homes, several people dying.
- The earth is going to be a far hotter and inhospitable place for life - the greenhouse effect
- Melting glaciers and ice-caps are going to create several domino effects on our climate and bio-diversity.
- The extreme heat is likely to cause an overheating of the earth's crust, leading to earthquakes, tsunamis, volcano eruptions and what not.
- The extreme heat is likely to lead to the worst droughts imaginable. In 2008, Australia has already suffered one it's worst droughts in a 1000 years!
- Forest fires are going to become more and more common, leading to a huge loss of flora and fauna.
We can all do our little bits
But the point isn't about who's responsible. The point is more that we all should do our bit, simply because we can. Take a shower instead of a bath, ride a two wheeler instead of driving a four-wheeler, join a carpool, go solar where you can, buy fuel efficient lighting, buy carbon offsets when you travel, raise awareness through social media, create political pressure. Every little effort makes a difference.
We can Innovate to Zero Emissions!
The reason I'm blogging about this today is because today's the Global Work Party. Starting now, people at 7347 events in 188 countries are getting to work on the climate crisis. You can join one of these events as well. It's never too late! Make people hear your voice, raise awareness -- here's your way to change the world in a small way!