Do you watch the global news these days? Whether you do or not, I’ll have to tell you this eye-catching, but spine-chilling piece of news that caused a stir in the Middle East a couple of days ago.
“Kuwait registers highest temperature on Earth for 2021,” tells Tawfiq Nasrallah on Gulf News.
Guess how high that was; 53.5 degrees Celsius. And it is still increasing. This rang the bells of my mind and made me remember how blistering the temperatures in the gulf countries can be. As a matter of fact, I can verify how hot they can be based on the ten years I’ve lived in KSA.
Honestly, I’ve never been a keen watcher of the news, let alone global news. However, this made me think about how fast climate is changing and how can we be in danger just in a couple of years.
If the gulf is that hot, imagine how hot the cities near the equator would be. Summers are becoming hotter every year. With that being said, icebergs and snowfields near the poles, especially in Antarctica, is melting due to the drastic increase in temperature every ten years. Hence, the sea levels are rising at a rapid speed. Not only are we suffering from high temperatures, but we are close to reaching a point that costal and harbor cities will be sinking under the ocean. That is still not the whole picture. These melting icebergs contain foreign substances and viruses frozen from millions of years ago. If they get exposed to us, who knows what might happen to the living species with us included? Sarcastically, the apocalyptic zombie fiction might be unraveling soon.
Realistically, we are gradually and briskly going towards a point where we can no longer live on Earth as the possibility of it being uninhabitable increases. I know you heard that dozens of times before on news, articles, at school, work, from your family, friends, and colleagues. And you are probably thinking things like, “so what, everybody isn’t really caring,” “by the time this happens, I won’t be here anyways,” “that’s way too far in the future that humanity would be having enough technology to overcome it,” or even “it just can’t be helped.”
You know this isn’t a scientific fictional movie and Mars won’t be your savior and will never be like Earth; still a very long way until it becomes an ideal place for living and humanity might be extinct by then.
Just because the catastrophic effects will be happening far in the future doesn’t meant that you don’t have to worry. Would your children and grand grand children say the same thing? Would your loved ones say the same thing?
Please. If it’s not for you, then love Earth for the sake of your loved ones and wish them a safe place for them and their future generations to live in safely.
It’s not too late; you can start now. You don’t have to be strict on yourself and the way you live. You don’t have to exert great work about it. Just a little will do. A little bit from every person living on Earth equals a tremendously massive work to protect our mother planet and substantially delay and even reduce the harm inflicted on Earth giving us the time and possibility to help it recover the damages with the power of science.
Think about it. How can you reduce your carbon monoxide emissions? Can you take a public transportation rather than your own car to reduce the number of vehicles producing greenhouse gases? How about using natural insect killers rather than pesticides? How about freshening your air by planting some roses rather than using artificial air fresheners that will cause a greenhouse effect and increase the damage to the ozone layer?
Take my hand and hold it, hold the hands of your daughters, sons, husbands, relatives, teachers, friends, students, grandchildren, mothers, fathers, and the hands of the people of the future generations. Together we can; it’s never too late.
© 2021 Mena M Ismail