Our Free Sample Essay About Climate Change

Introduction & Background

Climate change is an exciting subject that arouses curiosity. Climate change is a phenomenon that has drawn much attention recently. Climate change is a continuous unusual natural event that has occurred for a long time. Many people, including me, still do not know much about this phenomenon. Little is known about climate change by ordinary citizens, and this ignorance is increasing the levels of climate changes. As a result, it possesses more threat to the environment and humans. Climate change has been a significant environmental problem for hundreds of thousands of years. In the past, most changes occurred naturally, for example, due to ice-ages. Over recent centuries, changes in climate have been significantly triggered by carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Seeking to get more information about climate change, I interviewed one Environmentalist called Bingwen. According to John, as from the 19th-century industrial revolution up to date, climate change has mainly been triggered by human activity. “According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, anthropogenic activities amount to 95% causes of climate change,’’ said Bingwen. The industrial revolution signified a shift of human labour to use of machinery and initiated the generation of combustion engines which includes the automobile, which resulted in excessive fossil fuels burning. As a result, anthropogenic activities have released large amounts of carbon dioxide, increasing greenhouse gases concentration in the atmosphere, thus causing global temperature to rise, leading to changes in climate.

“I work as an environmental expert under the Ministry of Environmental Protection Department,” said Bingwen, “I chose to be environmentalist because I had passion in environmental protection and conservation since I was a little boy.” Bingwen proceeded to attest his interest in environmental conservation career increased with the level of environmental pollution and degradation that has been taking place. Bingwen said that he began his job five years ago. He initially started as an intern then later got promoted and employed as an environmental expert. “My proudest moment is a time whereby we had a tree-planting campaign as a way of addressing global warming. People turned out in large number to support this initiative, and you would see people planting trees,” said Bingwen. He emphasized that trees are significant in mitigating global warming and needs to be planted in large numbers. Environmental conservation knowledge is fundamental to get into an environmentalist occupation. To kick start my career, I studied and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science,” said Bingwen, “this is where I got my background knowledge on environmental protection and conservation.”

Incidents & Characteristics

“My duties involve conducting environmental inspection on a daily basis,” said Bingwen. He asserted that every morning the first job he would do is to undertaken environmental inspection in various areas within his jurisdiction. “I am also tasked with checking if companies are in compliance with the environmental laws,” said Bingwen. He also emphasized that on a daily basis, he takes part in various environmental conservation initiatives. Moreover, Bingwen also claimed that he it is part of his day-to-day activities to conduct environmental education to the community. “In my every day schedule, I spend more time in the field work than in my office,” said Bingwen.

Human activities have been a cause of climate change. Humans have contributed to climate change through various activities such as air and water pollution. “People have also intensified deforestation which has caused a rapid increase in climate change,” said Bingwen.  He also emphasized that a lot of fossil fuels are burnt. This has intensified global warming. Industries are also polluting the air by releasing harmful gases into the air. The people exercise water pollution. People are draining sewages into water resources. Littering is also done on the water resources, thus polluting the water. “The most significant threat to water pollution is the release of industrial waste effluent from industries, said Bingwen. He further stated that daily, he and his crew normally carry out water quality assessment on every water resources such as rivers to determine the levels of pollution. Data showing levels of water pollution are obtained through a laboratory test on sample water obtained from the river being assessed. “I also carry out air quality assessment in order to determine the levels of air pollution,” said Bingwen. The air sample is taken to the microbiology laboratory to be tested. The data obtained from the microbiology laboratory test is used to make an informed decision on ways to mitigate and address climate change. “In terms of deforestation, I use a geographical information system to survey and monitor patterns in forest cover to identify any changes forest cover and the level of deforestation,” said Bingwen.

“To address climate change, my first climate change action is public education,” said Bingwen. He finds it very important to conduct public education on how to protect the environment and refrain from polluting the environment. “I also conduct a climate change action campaign to mobilize relevant stakeholders and concerned citizens to join forces to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. “Another way to address climate change is by enforcing environmental laws and inspecting companies to ensure that they abide by the environmental laws,” said Bingwen. He also asserted that he integrates climate-risk analysis when designing public infrastructure. Another strategy is that the incorporation of carbon shadow pricing in federal expenditures. According to Bingwen, these are the strategies that he uses to address the adverse impacts of climate change. These actions are done systematically and under fixed timeframes in order to ensure that everything aspect is addressed efficiently.

Bingwen proceeded to emphasize that in the global scale, climate change impact on human health will continue to significantly affect mostly developing countries or regions, whereby people are endemically suffering many health burdens related to the extreme poverty they are aggravated by climate change. It is so uncertain that the most affected populations are the poor whom both their health and safety are at big risk. “There is a British Medical Journal editorial which stated that failure of all countries across the world to minimize emissions would probably result in a global health catastrophe,” said Bingwen. It turns out that in developed countries like the United States, the poor, physically challenged, the sick or those in poor health, the lonely, those with inadequate housing facilities and amenities, the elderly and people lacking affordable healthcare or living in areas with inefficient public health systems populations are the ones who are utmost risk. In essence, climate change causes a significant effect on human’s health and safety. It affects all people regardless of their social class. But, the most affected are populations that lack mitigation measures to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Conclusion

To sum it all, public knowledge about climate change is low. Despite being a significant environmental issue, it is essential to note that climate change has adverse effects, and humans play a vital role in triggering climate change. It is noteworthy that increased health complications and mortality rates are as a result of climate change. In essence, climate change is mostly caused by human activities and therefore to safeguard humans’ health and wellbeing, it is vital that public education on climate change is conducted and immediate measures to mitigate climate change to be implemented. It is upon all nations, worldwide to act together in ensuring that the emissions are minimized and environmental protection measures are given a top priority. Human lives are important, and it is worth protecting it by taking immediate action in mitigating climate change.

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