Attempting to end the semester on a happier note, human beings can absolutely still fix the climate issue. A new study published recently by Nature Climate Change, claims that by addressing climate change the world could save 500,000 lives each year. That number will continue to grow the longer the planet focuses on combating global warming. The study intends to address the lives that are being lost as global warming is still being ignored. By showing the massive amount of lives that taking action against global warming could save, the authors of the paper intended to weigh on society’s conscience. This article from National Geographic is a great read on what the future could possibly look like if Earth get’s its head together and makes the steps towards curbing climate change.
As the temperatures continue to rise on the planet, it is not just the surface dwellers that will need to adapt. The University of California has conducted a study on what had happened the last time the environment took a hit this badly and how it affected the oceans. The rising temperatures and human interference has caused the oxygen levels in the ocean to fall creating dead zones. It has been estimated that almost 10% of the ocean is made up of dead zones and that number continues to rise. This is not the first time in history that dead zones have torn across the ocean killing a large amount of species. Dead zones can destroy entire aquatic ecosystems and are a massive cause of species becoming extinct. The problem with these dead zones is that the ocean takes much more time to recover environmental damage than any other area on the planet. Checking out this article gives a much more in-depth look at the problem.
An interesting video from Business Insider Science shows the Earth after all of the ice has melted due to global warming. The video gives a global tour of what cities would be under water after the oceans have risen by 216 feet. You will have to watch the video to see if Philadelphia survives!
A study published today in Science has estimated that by 2100 we will lose one out of every six species on Earth. The paper sites South America, Australia, and New Zealand will be the worst areas for extinction. This paper is a call to action for people to realize the changes that have already been occurring. The paper gets into very specific details on the timeline for the changes and also addresses how a majority of species will suffer a major population loss. The information is chilling and will hopefully get the peoples attention that can make actual change.
With the summer movie season officially kicked off, I thought I could share a few movies that I know of with themes of climate change and its effects.
Godzilla vs the Smog Monster (Godzilla vs. Hedorah) (1971)
Watching Godzilla fight a monster created due to human carelessness and pollution? Do you need any more reason than that?
Mad Max (1971), Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981), and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
Once again, humanity in its unfaltering stupidity has ruined the environment with war and pollution creating a world that’s a deserted wasteland. As everyone struggles to survive with oil being the main commodity, Max wanders the landscape fighting for himself and others.
Also, Mad Max: Fury Road comes out in the next few days… Just saying.
Like in the Mad Max films, the word in these films is a desert wasteland that humanity created with only a few Mega-Cities keeping everyone in. This creates more crime than can be handled, but humanity is left to deal with the consequences.
These are just a few off the top of my head. I’ll post more if I can think of any.
Captain Planet, a blast from the past pertinent to the present to preserve the future. In the 1990s environmental ecologists and activists sought to educate and reach out to a new audience to voice their concerns on the wasteful destruction of Earth’s resources by creating an eco-conscience cartoon geared toward college bound youngsters who would soon be entering and graduating from high schools. With the financial help of billionaire Ted Turner all of this came into fruition, Captain Planet was created. The plot behind the storyline is simple: a quintet of teenagers work together to encourage environmentally responsible behavior by protecting the Earth with their individual elemental powers of Fire, Water, Earth, Wind, and Heart; when their powers are combined they summon a superhero, Captain Planet, to deal with extreme ecological disasters. This blast from the past may be what is needed presently to reach out to younger audiences once again, as planetary climate-change is occurring more rapidly with tangible physical evidence of the changes that will affect future generations. Though this cartoon is no longer producing new episodes, the program does run in syndication on some networks and many episodes can be found on YouTube. This show also inspired the Captain Planet Foundation, supporting environmental education. The greatest accomplishment of this program is that it reached a younger audience and entertainingly exposed the seriousness of planetary destruction, the dangers of over consumption, and economic greed; while fostering respect for the Earth as it will abide to man because it will exist long after homosapiens are gone.
I have often asked the question: How do you get someone to be more conscientious of environmental conservationism, global-warming, and climate-change? The best answer is to entice interest and bring awareness to these social concerns during a person’s early social and mental development. It has been proven through clinical research and social experiments that early onsite exposure during an adolescent’s pre-pubescent developmental stage is the best time to peek a child’s interest and form a cognitive bond to information. This is why it is easier for a young child to learn a foreign language than an adult; the mind is open to new experiences and information retention. With this in mind, children’s author Sarah Holding has taken this concept and written books targeting her audience of adolescents and their adult guardians. In an interview Sarah states, “I can’t speak for everyone, but I write cli-fi because it reconnects young readers with their environment, helping them to value it more, especially when today, a large amount of their time is spent in the virtual world. Cli-fi advocates restoring equilibrium to our physical environment, making it not just a setting or backdrop to a story, but a story’s primary purpose and emotional appeal. The characters in my writing are genuinely concerned about the environment and want to make a difference, which I hope is contagious and spreads to my readers too.” This is the purpose of literature: to reach out to a vast array of populaces to entertain and inform.
I am not into science and math. I am an English Literature Major: with a concentration in African-American Poetry, which denotes I have an extensive, functional vocabulary and my ability to comprehend or decode information through context clues is superb. However, when it comes to understanding jargon specific terminology and scientific-based language I get lost and often feel stupid, even though I shouldn’t. With this in mind, it is often difficult to become motivated by topics and information that are difficult to cognitively retain, even when it is a topic of interest. When someone cannot comprehend what they are reading or what is being presented they tend to lose interest. For this very reason the website, Shrink That Footprint, has attempted to simplify Climate Science for Beginners.
A new study says that by the end of the century, 1 in 6 animals will be extinct. However, this study only considers temperature changes and doesn’t take into account carbon emission or pollution (factors that would speed up this process). And it won’t be as bad in North America or Europe where only 1 in 20 animals will go extinct, so I doubt our government is going to be enforcing any new laws to prevent this outcome. The study says that this pattern of extinction will likely be due to animals attempting to escape rising temperatures and sea levels, but eventually having nowhere to go.
Hey everybody! Look at what I found! That’s RIGHT, an interview with cli-fi’s sweetheart, Dan Bloom! It’s actually pretty interesting. The interview was posted on January 19th, 2015 and it’s about his thoughts on cli-fi in general and how cities are portrayed in these worlds affected by climate. I figured this was a good post to leave you all with. I’ll see you all again someday, maybe, to finish that debate about whether or not clones are considered alive.