Climate change is happening and will be irreversible by 2030.
With climate change becoming a hot topic in mainstream media, it's pretty evident that it has a lot of confusion around it.
And here's one of the most frequent climate change myth- is it even real? Well, according to the studies by the UN, climate change is, in fact, pretty real and will be irreversible by 2030, given we keep maintaining our current pace of carbon emissions.
This is why we are here to clear some air up. Here are some top climate change myths and tips on how to live an eco-friendly lifestyle.
Myth 1- Earth's Climate Is Constantly Changing:
Yes, we agree that over of the course of 4.5 billion lifespan of our planet, climate has changed a lot. However, we cannot deny that our activities, like burning coal, exhausting non-renewable resources, or wiping down trees, are, just making it worse.
In fact, global temperatures are at a record high, since 2001, hitting 17 out of 18 records in the last two decades.
Myth 2- Plants Need Carbon Dioxide:
Plants do need CO2 to live. But the real problem is there's a limit to how much they can absorb. And, scientifically speaking, with the rate at which more forests are being cut down to accommodate the ever-growing population or produce food, the CO2 absorption rate by plants has gone pretty low.
Also, carbon dioxide isn't a problem. It is, in fact, a part of our ecosystem. The problem, however, is the abundance of it, particularly due to human activities.
Myth 3- Global Warming Can't Be Real Because It's Still Cold:
The name might have "warming" in it, but global warming isn't always just that. Besides heatwaves or more often droughts, it's also changing the natural climate system. For instance, hurricanes are becoming more intense.
Myth 4- It's A Future Problem:
Well, this might have been true a couple of decades back. But we only have seven years to avoid a total climate breakdown.
And, how would that like be? Imagine crop loss, extreme hurricanes, rapid flooding, and almost 4.9 million people dying every year due to extreme heat.
Myth 5- Animals Will Learn To Adapt:
We agree; this one might have a little bit of truth in it. (Darvin got the adaptation part right.) But, while some plants or animals get used to climate change, most of them do not.
Scientifically, plants and animals, including birds, can do only two things to survive- move or adapt. And, at the rate at which climate change is happening, most animals can't adapt as quickly, leading to mass extinction. Moreover, with most parts of the planet inhabited by humans, there's no place for them to move either.
What To Do About It?
Honestly, being sustainable isn't too hard. In fact, it was never supposed to be super intimidating. And, we believe that with smaller actions, you can easily make a huge impact.
Here are a few tips for an eco friendly lifestyle-
1. Switch to Eco-Friendly Alternatives
Almost every non-eco-friendly product has an eco friendly alternative to it, including single-use plastic. In fact, we, at EcoSoul, offer the largest range of single-use everyday essentials made out of plants.
These products are upcycled from plant waste and made from the world's fastest replenishing resources like bamboo or sugarcane. Plus, besides just being perfect for an eco-friendly lifestyle, they are also super durable, convenient, and have a strong build.
2. Save Energy
You can start by being energy conscious. This can be done through simple actions like carpooling, switching off the lights when you don't need them or simply buying from a small or local business.
3. Ditch the Plastic
Yes, plastic is present in almost every aspect of our lives; honestly, we cannot replace every single bit of it. But you can still replace some of it. Instead of using single-use plastic cups, you can switch to PLA cups. You can also carry your own boxes for takeover, or your own bottles, rather than purchasing a plastic bottle every time.
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