In recent years, we have all become increasingly aware of climate change, but is it really something that has significance to people in their everyday lives? Are people taking responsibility for changing their behaviours to try to reduce the resources they use and minimise their CO2 emissions?
Climate change affects each and every one of us because of its impact on our environment. It is for this reason that the environment should be of the utmost importance to us all. After all, our quality of life is dependent on the environment around us as it provides our basic means of survival – food and fuel sources. How much more important can it be? Changes in the environment could result in these basic resources being compromised.
The damaging effects of climate change are already being seen, for example in the increase in extreme weather events in recent years. With the continuing rise in the World population (up by over 1 billion to more than 7 billion in the last 12 years alone), the requirement for these resources is increasing, while at the same time the impact of changes in rainfall patterns and increased temperatures is becoming more prevalent, potentially leading to drops in crop yields and changes in the way plants and animals live.
The world is at a crossroads and we must increasingly look at how we take care of the natural resources we have, using non-renewable resources sparingly and moving towards a more sustainable life, using renewable resources such as the wind, wave and tidal power and the sun instead. To protect our quality of life, we all must consider our attitudes and behaviours. Rather than being remembered by future generations as the “throw-away society”, let’s pull together to leave a much more positive legacy – the “sustainable society”.