The recent extreme cold in the central southern states resulted in the deaths of over 50 people and thousands of farm animals, billions of dollars of property damage, and a lack of heat and drinking water for residents. I can’t imagine the amount of human and animal suffering involved in just this one climate change related weather event. And unusual, extreme weather events are nearly a daily occurrence across the planet
In 2019 and 2020 it seemed like the world was on fire, literally. Numerous, intense wildfires in Australia, Siberia, the Amazon rainforest, and the western United States resulted in the loss of untold numbers of wildlife, dozens of human lives, thousands of buildings, and billions of dollars of damage while burning millions of acres of land and forest. According to the Washington Post, California’s “wet season is beginning nearly a month later than it did in the 1960s and…the autumn season has become progressively drier. Both of these patterns have been tied at least in part to human-caused climate change.” The fire season is now longer. The situation is getting worse.
One cannot forget the horrendous images of people driving through walls of flame hoping to escape being trapped by a fast-moving, raging wildfire or koalas in Australia being treated for terrible burns. Are you also experiencing some anxiety while reading how climate change is affecting our world?
We are being bombarded by dire, science-based information about climate change, yet little is being done by most governments around the world. While we only learned about Covid-19 at the beginning of 2020, the worldwide response to develop vaccines to combat the pandemic has been unprecedented. Governments and corporations rallied with massive funding and resources to bring the virus under control and support businesses, schools, health care facilities, families, and individuals impacted by Covid-19.
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