Over the billions of years of Earth’s history, the climate has changed considerably because of natural factors, but in the last 100 years, these changes (general increase in temperature) are having a much bigger impact and happened much faster than any other changes the planet has seen in the recorded history of humans. The community of scientists and governments of all the countries over the world agree that the climate is changing. But what is this Climate change? What is causing change in climate? How it is affecting us?
What is ‘Climate Change’?
Climate can be defined as the average weather over a period of time. Climate change means a significant change in the measure of earth’s climate, such as rainfall, winds and temperature. The Earth’s climate has witnessed many changes during the planet’s history, with occurrence of extreme events such as ice age and long periods of warmth. The difference between this period and other periods of earth’s history is that human activities are significantly exploiting the natural resources and contributing to natural climate change through emissions of greenhouse gases. This exploitation is resulting in melting of ice, rising sea levels, flooding, increased air and ocean temperature and other influences.
What causes ‘Climate Change’?
Climate change can result from various natural as well as human factors. Natural factors that causes change in climate includes-
Change in Sun's intensity
Natural changes in Ocean Current Circulation
However, the current aim is to control climate change resulting from human activities. Most of the increase in global average temperature since the mid-20th century is because of increase in greenhouse gas emissions which is a result of human activities. Examples of human activities contributing towards climate change includes-
Carbon dioxide emission through burning fossil fuels.
Deforestation, Urbanization, etc
How ‘Climate Change’ is affecting us?
Climate change effects that scientists predicted would occur because of global warming are occurring now like melting of ice, rise in sea levels, more intense heat waves. Climate change also has significant impact on human health. Climate change affects human health in two main ways: first, by increasing the frequency and severity of problems that are already affected by climate change; and second, by creating unanticipated health problems and threat in places where they have not occurred previously. In future, the potential effects of climate change and global warming will increase which will result in longer periods of droughts, more frequent wildfires, floods, intensity of tropical storms, earthquakes. Therefore, now is the urgent time to take some action to save our planet from effects of climate change.
Farm Living and Climate Change
Our country and the whole world can feel the impact of climate change. Urbanization has contributed to climate change by emitting greenhouse gases. Now, the time has come to take immediate action against it and Farm Living can help us to fight against climate change. Farm Living have a significant impact on climate change. It will take the whole community to move us toward a hopeful climate future. There are various ways and techniques which can be applied to fight global warming by living only in farms.
Organic Farming – The industrialization of agriculture has led to increased dependence on petroleum-based pesticides and fertilizers which are the main causes of greenhouse gas emission. With Farm Living, one can adopt to organic farming. Organic farming prohibits the use of synthetics inputs, which means reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Also, organic farming techniques bring additional benefits for the community such as increased soil health and fertility, which leads to additional climate-friendly benefits.
Renewable Energy – Farm Living reduces the demand of energy and can be dependent on renewable energy. Shifting away from fossil fuels and maximizing energy efficiency are the two most important steps which can reduce the carbon footprint. This includes on-farm production of renewable energy by solar panels and wind turbines, minimizing the use of fertilizers and pesticides and gradually reducing the dependence on fossil fuel inputs of farming and transportation of crops.
Protecting Farmland- Each year, due to development pressures, the whole world loses acres of farmland. By adopting to Farm Living and promoting it among the society can help in conserving farmland. Farmland conservation will help in reducing carbon and greenhouse gases emissions. It will also help in preserving local food sources, protecting wildlife habitat, etc.
Supporting Farmers and Local Produce- Food travels and average of 3000 Kms to get to your plate. All the fuels and other resources used in shipping of food emits greenhouse gas. With Farm Living, food can be purchased directly at the farmers markets or through local distribution channels, hence conserving those resources. Supporting local farmers keeps farming viable and helps farmers to stay on their land be successful while caring for the earth.
Efficient Irrigation System- Conserving water is vital to any farm, particularly in times of drought. Irrigation efficiency is key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the use of groundwater pumping. Farm Living can help farmers to build up the community and adopt arsenal of methods to save water and reduce energy consumption which will help to reduce global warming.
Restoring Green Land- Farm Living van help with land management practices such as reforestation, restoring riparian zones, planting hedgerows, and attracting beneficial insects for natural pest control. On the climate front, trees and other woody vegetation store carbon in their biomass, protects the soil from erosion, thus helps in global warming.
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