World Environment Day - Are we running out of time?

World Environment Day - Are we running out of time?

World Environment Day today (June 5th) and all scientists warn of the dramatic effects of climate change.

Even its deniers can only admit that the earth is changing due to human activity. However, there are some scientific studies that are really worrying, making global warming a threat to the very existence of human race, not in the very distant future.

One such research is the "Breakthrough" Melbourne National Center for Climate Recovery, which shows that climate change is an existential threat to human civilization. The most alarming is not the assessment that human race can be destroyed, but how soon this can happen.
The survey includes a "pessimistic" scenario, according to which there is a strong chance that human society will "collapse" by 2050 if no serious action is taken over the next decade to contain the rise in temperature.

The authors of the research, David Sprat and Ian Dunlop, believe that to date, scientists have made very conservative predictions about how climate change can affect the planet. Instead, they propose, instead of climate change, to use the term "climate crisis".

The two Australian researchers argue that existing forecasting models can not integrate all this complexity and hence the scale of possible future consequences. "The truth is probably far worse than any model to date," the two scientists note.

Their scenario predicts that the governments of the planet will ignore the advice of scientists and will not move into a more and less carbon economy. This will lead to the average temperature rise by the middle of the 21st century by at least three degrees Celsius or by four, compared to pre-industrial levels, by far exceeding the target of the Paris Agreement for an increase of less than two degrees.


Like movies ...

Continuity, if this happens, is known and specified. The rise in temperature will melt the ice and bring destructive droughts that will spoil many forests absorbing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. All this will create a vicious circle that will bring even higher temperatures, sea level rise, droughts, extreme and murderous weather phenomena (floods, fires, etc.).

The authors of the survey assume that 35% of the Earth's land area and 55% of the world's population will be exposed to more than 20 days a year at deadly temperatures beyond the limit of human survival. Nearly a third of the planet will turn into a desert, whole ecosystems of nature will collapse (starting with coral), agriculture in many areas will be hit dramatically or will become impossible (starting from the tropics), with more than a billion people, mainly from poor countries, will necessarily become refugees for the richest countries.


This massive flow of refugees, coupled with the threat of higher sea levels for many coastal cities in the developed world, as well as the growing shortage of food and the increasing water shortage that will hit two billion people will begin to test the very endurance and the cohesion of even powerful countries like the US.

Somewhere here we say to stop with the findings of the research, because the scenario reminds her of the film "Mad Max" or other similar films describing how it will be life after a nuclear war. And this is not a model of reason, since research does not exclude conflicts of water and food, bringing even the prospect of a nuclear war, and perhaps "the end of world human civilization as we know it". According to Australian writers, humanity has been around for a decade to make the global transition to a zero-carbon economy and society.


Serious health problems

Another study, perhaps more scientific, drafted by 27 National Academies of Europe, including the Academy of Athens, warns that global warming due to climate change already has serious implications for people's health and the situation will deteriorate in the future .

According to the authors of the research, the effects include the transmission of infectious diseases through mosquitoes, the appearance or worsening of various mental health problems, such as post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, depression and substance abuse.

The most vulnerable groups of the population are the elderly, chronically ill, children and immigrants, while the inhabitants of major cities are more exposed to high levels of heat stress than those in the province. Geographically, the Mediterranean and Arctic regions are considered to be the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change on health.

Academies propose limiting meat consumption, believing that it will also help control greenhouse gases, but also directly to human health. They also call on governments and the international community to show political will, better co-operation, and manage to keep average global warming below the two degrees Celsius relative to the pre-industrial levels (the rise has already reached around one degree). The ultimate goal is to be a zero-carbon economy by 2050


Simple but crucial things we can change

Before, of course, we can reach all of this, which are necessary and require the highest pressure on governments, we can move on to some tweaks in our lives that will improve our environmental footprint.

We can finally say plastic.

 - The first thing to do is to do our shopping at the supermarket with sackcloths or at least stop using disposable bags.

 - Another solution is to stop buying plastic bottles of water and buy a bottle.

 - It's time to understand that blue buckets are not for decor, but there are to recycle our garbage.

 - If you have a yard again, you can get a composting machine to make some rubbish soil. With "a two-pronged snakes", since you will recycle your household waste and you will have a good fertilizer for your plants.

 - If you choose to plant your own vegetables, then you will get cheap vegetables that will not be filled with chemicals and medicines.

For those who are interested in protecting the environment, it is essential to reduce the energy they consume.

 - A first step is to replace old lamps with less energy consuming lamps. This will also be good for the pocket.

 - A more environmentally friendly mindset can also be gained in our transportations. Okay, we do not say you go buy an electric car, but at least you can put the bike in your life. Places that in this way will exercise your organization!

 - Another very simple tip is to replace disposable batteries with rechargeable batteries.

 - If we still want to save electricity and money, the installation of a solar water heater is considered to be unnecessary.

 - For those who are looking for more drastic solutions, there are the "green" materials we can use to build their home. If you do not choose a good insulation and aluminum patio doors, then heat or summer dew will stay at home for longer.

Of course, there are dozens of other simple nutrition tips, which can protect the environment, from the use of organic products, to the choice of a vegetarian diet.

source of information: ANA-MNA


Aggeliki Koskeridou

Holistic Doctor – Counseling Psychotherapist

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

MSc c. Health Psychology

insta: dr_aggelikikoskeridou_official 

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