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Is this the end for the environment?

Erandi is an enthusiastic writer, she has actively participated in programs related to solving social matters such as Model United Nations.

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Nowadays human action has led to a catastrophic circumstance: the destruction of the environment and global warming; throughout decades scientists had set several warnings on the rising of global warming and they have been trying to create conscience, though no warning has moved the entire world to notice a distinguishable change. This essay will focus on calling upon every person who may read it to take immediate action with the aim of creating a flourishing future.

Greta Thunberg, Autumn Peltier, Sarah Goody, Alexandria Villasenor, Leah Namugerwa, Holly Gillibrand, Lilly Platt, Tahsin Uddin, Ella and Catlin McEwan, Aditya Mukarji. These are only a few names of young activists, that with strength and courage, had made an impact with their words and actions. These leaders are the most accurate example that neither age, region nor gender are impediments to make your voice be heard, they are an inspiration for everyone around the globe, they are heroes for fighting to save the environment and with it, lives. Though, many people may ask themselves Why are they fighting for the environment? Is there any information they know that we are not aware of? Keep reading to know the answers.

According to the World Bank, in 2018 34,041,045.974 kt of CO2 emissions were generated in the world, being China, United States and India, the countries producing more CO2 emissions.

Between 2015 and 2019 Earth temperature anomaly was between 1 and 4 Celsius. During 1980 the global surface air temperature was measured to be 14 Celsius, as time passed, in the period between 2017-2020 temperature on earth increased 0.9, it may appear a relatively low number, nevertheless when conferring about climate change only takes one degree for the environment to change drastically, a great example of this is the ice age and other glaciation periods (Huronian, Karoo, Andean-Saharan among others) in which temperatures dropped between one and two degrees.

But, why is this situation so alarming? What are the consequences of the raising temperatures on earth? For years, scientists have been investigating, predicting and announcing the consequences climate change will carry, including, more fierce heatwaves, droughts, stronger hurricanes, melting of ice and glaciers, rising of sea level (1 to 8 feet) carrying with the disappearance of coasts in the whole world such as Veracruz (Mexico), Venice (Italia), Los Angeles (Unites States), San Francisco (United States), Shanghai (China), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Hamburg (Germany). In addition, several ecosystems are most likely to be damaged, resulting in the fracture of the food chain and cycle of life, therefore many species will disappear and the world will be confronting a really hard time.

However, not everything is already lost, there are several actions we, humans, must apply to fight this issue. First and most important of all, education, having the knowledge required, we will be able to create consciousness, therefore the ability to act. Growing under a consumerism mindset has led us to waste more and more over time, products offered by businesses are meant to last the least possible in order for consumers to buy more, this is a point in which we must cogitate, Do we really need those kinds of products? Are there other eco-friendly alternatives for the product? How can we persuade businesses to crate quality and long-lasting products? How can we end consumerism? Those questions are the reason why I investigated and agreed with applying circular economy, which has the purpose of giving a second life to products, using renewable energy and producing less pollution. It consists of the basic process nature applies: regenerate, instead of the currently used economic process “Lineal economy” in which we produce, throw and replace. In other words, circular economy emphasizes in reusing materials to renew them. To make this possible, experts explain that the most viable way to apply circular economy is guaranteeing that the producers will get back their products to regenerate them, this could be possible if instead of buying the products, consumers purchased a license to use a certain product, when the license expires the product must get back to its producer.

There are many other ways to participate and raise your voice, just like Mitzi Jonelle Tan is doing, the Philippine activist created and is currently leading the Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines (YACAP). When she was studying at college, she had the opportunity to have a conversation with a leader of the Lumad indigenous group, she realized all the inequality, harassment and abuse of power indigenous people suffered for trying to protect the surroundings in where they lived, that is how the program was founded. Presently, she is still fighting for justice and protection of the environment.

Lesein Mutunkei is another inspiring activist, with only 15 years old his voice has a significant impact on the environmental fight. Born in Kenya, Lesein has practiced football for many years, in addition, he and his family have always been taking care of the environment, they make time to plant trees and take good care of them; one day Lesein decided to merge his two most favourites activities, football and plant trees. His initiative is called Trees4Goals, it was created in 2019 and it consists in planting a tree for each goal he scores in a match.

As we can observe, creating consciousness is truly important, it can help to improve the world we live in. These situations are perfect embodiments of how someone can do whatever they are passionate about while helping a good cause. This is not something only some people can do, everyone can, only if you are willing to work with passion and dedication, without giving up. That is what the world needs right now, people who care about figuring out a way to solve world issues and are ready to take immediate action.

We need to take action straight away, not next week, not in a year, we need it now; the world needs it now.

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