Addressing Climate Change

How do we as individuals make a difference?
Worldwide rainforests are disappearing at a rate of one and a half football fields per second. Deforestation due to urbanisation has caused climate change, a change in the statistical distribution of weather over periods of time. The Fourth Assessment Reportof Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows that the Earth average surface temperature has risen by 0.76°C since 1850. There are many ways that can be taken to prevent climate change.
First and foremost, we should support campaigns and activities launched by the NGO to realise that our daily activities contribute indirectly to the climate change which leads to the shrinking of 300 glaciers worldwide, according to a study published in the October 2006 issue of Geophysical Research Letters. Media mass should also provides more information about how to prevent climate change through advertisements on encourage the public. By having a better understanding about factors that contribute to climate change, the public will avoid actions which lead to this problem.
Besides, we should involve actively in the recyclingand reusing program which is encouraged by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government. Millions of trees are chopped down to produce papers. Thus by practising recycling, we can save the trees which arethe natural habitats of endangered species. Recycling also cuts down energy usage such as aluminium (95%), plastics (70%), paper (40%) and glass (30%). Therefore, the 3R project is not only economical, but it also prevents climate change.
Furthermore, in order to prevent climate change, we should comply with the acts enacted by the government. Illegal logging has been banned in the National Forest Policy 1978 and National Forestry Act 1984. However, many of the people nowadays refuse to give in to the laws set because they want to reap huge profits due to their selfish behaviours.Therefore, we should set good examples to the younger ones by avoiding open burning. As the future generation have the right to reside in the surroundings that is pollution-free, we should protect the environment from climate change.
Apart from that, we should drive less but walk, bike, and carpool or take mass transit as it can help to reduce gas consumption and one pound of carbon dioxide. Researches also show that replacing a regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent one saves 150 pounds of carbon dioxide every year. We should play an active role in the tree planting campaign by planting more trees as trees help to moderate the temperature by absorbing carbon dioxide. By making a frivolous act in life, we can ensure environmental protection and prevent climate change.
“Charity begins at home”, therefore as individuals, we can take small steps in our daily life to achieve that end. If we do not act now, the ecological systems will breakdown creating diseases we cannot resist and the necessity of gas masks whenever one goes outside. Since the nature is the man’s intimate friend, we should make sure that the environment is wholesome and frees from pollutions, as the creator intended.

Yeo Xin Ying

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