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This Is Why You Should Start To Care About Climate Change Too

This Is Why You Should Start To Care About Climate Change Too

The problem about getting people to care about climate change is that it is a rather subtle affair. It only makes a splash when a local disaster happens and then eventually everybody seems to go back to their old, uncaring ways. Global climate change is far too big for people to grasp. But because of the melting ice caps, in about 50 years, the Twin Tower memorial in New York will be under water.

You and I are burning too many fossil fuels. We are the only agents who can turn it around. That means using alternative energy sources. But if this does not convince you, take a look at the 30 photographs below which should make you sit up and take notice!

1. Arctic ice cap

This NASA photo shows that the ice cap is constantly getting smaller in size due to rising global temperatures. Experts predict that summer ice in the Arctic will be a memory in 20 years. Marine species that depend on the ice will just disappear.

Arctic

    2. Hard rain

    “And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.” – Bob Dylan

    Wetter regions will be subject to heavier and prolonged rainfall while dry regions will get dryer and dryer.

    hardrain

       3. Tuvalu at risk

      Rising seas threaten to wipe Tuvalu off the map. Sea levels are expected to rise by 23 inches in this century, compared to 6 inches in the 20th century.

      Tuvalu

         4. Dry river bed

        Rivers drying up will affect their biodiversity. This will have severe economic consequences where livelihoods depend on rivers.

        dryriverbed

           5. Lake Hume, Australia

          Drought has led to dramatic falls in water levels in Lake Hume

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          lake hume

             6. Hurricane Katrina

            The National Geographic states that continuing rising temperatures will contribute to many more devastating hurricanes like Katrina. This one ended 1,800 lives and caused damage estimated at $125 billion.

            Katrina

               7. New York carbon dioxide emissions

              New York added 54 million metric tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere in 2010. That is 1.72 tons a second!

              NewYork

                8. Wind Turbines, Bangui, North Phillipines

                One way of reducing harmful greenhouse gases is to install wind turbines.

                windturbines

                  9. Zero emission vehicles

                  Nissan and Renault have produced this zero emission vehicle, which could be a model for the future.

                  zero emission vehicles

                    10. Methane gasses released from permafrost

                    In Siberia, the permafrost is starting to melt and, as it does, it releases methane gas which is a major factor in global warming.

                    permafrost

                      11. Forest fires

                      Forest fire seasons may become longer in the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, and elsewhere. There is a possibility that eight times more land may be destroyed by 2100.

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                      forestfires

                        12. Displaced persons

                        Ninety-eight percent of all displacement in 2012 was due to climate change. Hundreds of millions of people will be displaced by disastrous weather conditions and climate change by 2050.

                        APTOPIX Pakistan Floods

                          13. Infectious diseases flourish with climate change

                          malaria

                             14. Water shortages

                            More and more people will be desperate for water as it becomes scarcer.

                            drought in Utah

                              15. UNESCO world heritage sites at risk

                              Just one degree rise in global temperatures could have a disastrous impact on cities like St. Petersburg and Venice.

                              Venice

                                16. Food will run out

                                Supplies of wheat and maize are already slowing down and, as a result, becoming more expensive.

                                hunger

                                  17. Pollution risks

                                  California is a typical example of the risks of pollution. Pollution, smog and forest fires all add to very poor air quality, which is affecting citizens’ health. This photo shows smog over Los Angeles.

                                  smog over LA

                                     18. Decline of fish stocks

                                    By the year 2060, there could be a decline of up to 50% of fish stocks if there is global warming of 2.8 degrees or more. This is not counting the reduction caused by overfishing.

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                                    overfishing2

                                      19. Animals will get smaller

                                      Studies show that animals, such as polar bears, are now smaller as a result of more carbon dioxide in the air.

                                      polarbear

                                        20. Heat waves will increase mortality

                                        Prolonged heat waves are set to become more frequent. The 2003 heat wave in Europe is known to have caused 70,000 deaths.

                                        heatwave. jpg

                                          21. Flooding and property damage

                                          An EU report states that 2,500 people drowned in flooding in Europe in the period 1980 -2011. Property damage runs into millions of dollars.

                                          Minot emergency workers patch Broadway levee

                                            22. Coral reefs at risk

                                            The reefs are very sensitive to any change in the seawater temperature. Another drastic change is that the seawater is becoming much more acidic due to so much carbon dioxide dissolving into the oceans.

                                            coralreefs

                                              23. Major currents are subject to changes

                                              Major currents, such as the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), are subject to unexpected changes and can cause havoc with climate patterns.

                                              ElNino

                                                24. Lakes are warming up

                                                One NASA study shows that large lakes worldwide could warm up by as much as 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) over the next 10 years. The effects on the ecosystems and the growth of some algal blooms, which may be toxic to some fish, is causing concern. Lake Baikal in Siberia is probably the largest lake in the world. It has seen some dramatic changes which are affecting the 2,500 species living there.

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                                                LakeBaikal

                                                   25. Butterflies are at risk

                                                  The butterfly is one of the most sensitive species to climate change, pollution and changes within ecosystems. If the temperatures are too warm, they cannot survive. One report shows that Europe will lose much of its biodiversity and this is alarming because it has an impact on pollination and crop production.

                                                  butterflies

                                                     26. Food chain is affected

                                                    Inevitably, as changes in climate and the ecosystems take hold, there are knock on effects on the food chain. Toxins, chemical contaminants and use of pesticides are putting the food chain at risk.

                                                    foodchain

                                                      27. Chronic stress

                                                      Large swathes of populations at risk of flooding, loss of housing and livelihood will lead to chronic stress syndrome as people struggle to survive. The NIH has issued a document stressing the effects on health in general.

                                                      chronicstress

                                                        28. Populations at risk

                                                        More than half the world’s people live 60 kilometers from the sea. With rising sea levels, this will cause major social and economic crises in many countries where the infrastructure is inadequate.

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                                                          29. Increased mortality

                                                          The WHO estimates that climate change will be responsible for early and tragic death of over 250,000 people over the next 20 years.

                                                          mortality

                                                             30. What will be left?

                                                            what will be left

                                                              If each and every one of us takes action, then we can avoid the above desolate scene which could haunt our children and grandchildren. Save energy, eat sensibly and campaign to get polluters to pay a carbon tax. Think about video-conferencing instead of polluting the skies with unnecessary travel, and buy a compost maker, if you can. These are just a few ways that we can implement now to prevent disaster.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Climate Emergency /Takver via flickr.com

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                                                              Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                                                              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                                              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                                              We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                                              We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                                              So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                                              Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                                              What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                                              Boundaries are limits

                                                              —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                                              Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                                              Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                                              Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                                              Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                                              How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                                              Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                                              1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                                              Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                                              You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                                              To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                                              You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                                              • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                                              • When do you feel disrespected?
                                                              • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                                              • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                                              • When do you want to be alone?
                                                              • How much space do you need?

                                                              You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                                              2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                                              Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                                              Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                                              3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                                              Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                                              That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                                              Sample language:

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                                                              • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                                              • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                                              • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                                              • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                                              • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                                              • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                                              • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                                              Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                                              4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                                              Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                                              Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                                              Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                                              We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                                              It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                                              It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                                              Final Thoughts

                                                              Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                                              Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                                              Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                                              The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                                              Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                                              Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                                              They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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