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Climate Change: What We Know and What We Can Do

by Victoria Quackenbush September 06, 2017

Climate Change: What We Know and What We Can Do

It’s no secret that climate change is real. As much as people want to deny or ignore that our planet is warming, this man-made damage is real, scary and cannot be brushed to the side.

 

According to Conservation.org, 2016 was the hottest year on record continuing that “ASA and NOAA data show that global averages were 1.78 degrees F (0.99 degrees C) warmer than the mid-20th century average, making 2016 the third year in a row with record-setting surface temperatures.” This means that overtime, the Earth has been getting more and more warmer with no end or chances of slowing down anytime soon.

 

So what can we do?

 

The professionals at Conservation.com offer one solution in that investing in nature is the way to go. “Saving ecosystems is ​often more cost-effective than human-made interventions. In the Maldives, building a sea wall for coastal protection cost about US$ 2.2 billion. Even after 10 years of maintenance costs, it is still four times cheaper to preserve the natural reef.”

 

They also bring to light that nature is an untapped source for resources to slow climate change, stating Tropical forests are incredibly effective at storing carbon – providing up to 30% of the solution towards climate change. Despite this, nature-based solutions only receive 2% of all funding devoted to climate solutions.”

 

194 nations are already on board with saving the Earth In 2016, 194 countries signed the Paris Agreement, agreeing to limit global warming and adapt to climate change, in part through the use of nature-based solutions. Unfortunately, the United States that just backed out of this agreement but several states, including Hawai’I have agreed to uphold the values of the Paris Agreement. There’s really no reason for the US not to be committed to slowing climate change, because the price tag would only be $140 billion per year – less that 0.1% of the global GDP.

Small steps that you can make include buying Gorilla Socks. Order them once and they’ll be the only socks you ever need. These socks are well made, breathable and fun. Save the earth one pair at a time.

 

Global warming is a serious issue and brushing it under the rug won’t do any good for the future of our planet.



Victoria Quackenbush
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