Growing up in Spokane, Washington, I was fortunate to not only be surrounded by plenty of manmade parks in the city, but to also be situated right in the heart of the pacific northwest in general, giving me plenty of opportunities to explore beyond the city itself and experience the beautiful forests and rivers that contribute to the natural beauty of this great state. Considering that so many people nowadays live in very urban cities such as New York or Los Angeles, it was truly a blessing to have a genuine connection with nature that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
However, the same cannot necessarily be said about my children, or anyone’s children for that matter given the current state of the world. Climate change is a huge topic of discussion, not just in the United States, but in the entire world – and for good reason. Climate experts across the globe are in agreement that unless we make drastic changes within the next 12 years (which at this point in 2019 is now just 11 years), we will have caused irreversible damage to our planet. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean that in 12 years the world will end if nothing is done about climate change. But it does mean that if we let 12 years go by without making substantial changes to the way we live, we can kiss the Earth we used to know goodbye forever, because it is never coming back – at least not in the way we used to know it.
Everyone loves having amazing technology and fast cars and all that good stuff. But over industrialization has put a huge strain on the planet’s ozone layer, and it is something that must be dealt with. Unfortunately, so many people are conditioned to either not believe in climate change, or simply feel like it is something that the next generation of humans can deal with.
But we are truly running out of time! Just because things seem like nothing has changed, the fact of the matter is that climate is something that people really are not cognizant of in their day to day lives, at least not until the effects of climate change become irreversible. I cannot imagine a world in which Washington state’s beautiful forests no longer exist and such a reality is a definite possibility. Just think about living in a world where the polar ice caps have melted to the point of putting coastal cities underwater, and where the very composition of earth’s flora and fauna has been depleted significantly due to an increase in temperatures, and you will realize that what we are dealing with here is no joke.
So what can we do to protect mother nature from this dreaded climate change? Well to start, it is important to get the word out and make sure everyone is truly aware of what we are dealing with. Unless the public collectively agrees on the seriousness of climate change, no large-scale change will ever be implemented, which is why this step is absolutely pivotal. But even in the interim, we can all do our own small parts to combat climate change. We need to recycle as much as possible and use renewable energy wherever possible. It will take a concerted effort from just about everyone on this planet to stop climate change in its tracks, but I am extremely confident that we can get the job done, if not for ourselves, then for mother nature!