Times have changed

The times are changing. Everywhere things are not the same. World wide farmers have lost their crops to floods. In East Africa, there is a ravaging drought that has left Pastoralists without livelihoods. Everywhere there is crisis. The weather has changed. In many areas of the world there is food shortage. The photographs of starving somali provide a clear picture of this grim reality. What has caused this catastrophic events? Most people agree it is global warming. Because there are more cars on roads, more industries, more combustion, atmospheric heat keeps on increasing. Higher temperatures on earth affect rainfall patterns, weather, and disrupt food production. Now there is hunger and disease, death and destruction. There is despondence. It is time to take note of these changes. Time to rise up. There are many problems but we must rise to the challenge and take responsibility. The time is now.

The times are changing. We can reduce our Carbon footprint if we start by reducing household waste generation. This will cut down volume of waste  heading to dumpsters which conversely reduces that headed to landfills. If you have been to a landfill, you know what it looks like. At these landfills, decomposing waste releases heat and toxic gases. Some of those gases like Carbon Dioxide, methane etc  trap heat in the atmosphere which leads to global warming. Therefore, if we are serious about doing something to help the planet, we could start by cutting down on the waste heading to the dumpsters.  That is a starting point.

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13 responses to “Times have changed

  1. Yeah i have been looking up a few things and what surprises me is the indifference people are assuming these days. Everybody doing their thing. For those caught in the crossfire of conflicts such as the Somalia Government and Al-Shabab woe unto them. On Monday, Al-Shabab banned 16 Aid groups from administering aid to the suffering. They don’t care about the plight of the refugees but are busy pursuing their selfish ends, fighting for control of the country. What a shame.

  2. The effects of climate change are indiscriminate affecting everyone equally, rich or poor. North-eastern Kenya is the location of Dadaab, a refugee settlement for those fleeing conflicts and hunger. The refugees arrive at the camp in great numbers with few personal possessions save for the clothes on their backs. There are many needs to be met in Dadaab most of which is the need for food and shelter.
    Click on the following link. http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/news/pid/8123

    • Very sad stories! That is why we need to find long-term solutions to curb these disasters that are climate related. I agree that climate change is going on everywhere and so we must educate ourselves on what is working elsewhere and replicate the solution(s) in other regions. Otherwise, a time will come when we will not be able to offer aid to anyone – everybody (country) will be busy counting their losses and attending to them, with no more resources left to aid others.

  3. Rachel welcome to the forum. I want to address the issue you raised “how do those in complete deserts survive..food aid”. Well, it is an intriguing question. How do people in those areas survive? Perhaps it is because that has been their environment for a long time; they mastered the terrain by using the resources found where they live. The Camel does not need to drink water everyday. It is adapted to the desert climate. It also provides milk and is the main form of transportation across the desert.

  4. Thanks for responding to my comment. Rachel asks some very good questions.

    In America, the ‘global warming’ issue has become very political. Many politicians use the issue to put forth their agendas and often do not practice what they preach.

    It is difficult to imagine how the industrialized world will ever be able to change in a measurable way in time to actually make a significant difference.

    There has been recent occurrences of solar flares that have effected climate on earth and there is evidence to suggest that activity on the sun may have a great deal to do with climate change on earth.

    Regardless, I think we need to continue our efforts to conserve resources, clean up our environment, and help one another.

  5. They need to appeal for food. I have noticed the hot summers and here our winters have been colder than usual. We seem to have climate change of some sort or as you said, erratic weather. I think we need to use our best scientific minds to learn how to raise crops in the new climate types we are experiencing. I think also we need to help one another. I know there has been wide-spread starvation in Sudan.

    May I ask if you are a Christian? Do you believe in the God of the Bible? I do and I think that we need to pray that He will show us how to live in the world today in a way that pleases Him and helps each other.

    Two summers ago we had a drought here in GA where I live. Our governor declared a day of prayer for rain. The rain came and the drought ended. I will pray for the people in Uganda.

    I do think we should be good stewards and take care of our air and water.

    • I commend the generous individuals, organizations and countries that always take on the challenging but noble task of aiding those in dire need, in a bid to make to restore and improve the living standards of those affected.

      I agree with you that “we need to use our best scientific minds to learn how to raise crops in the new climate types”. Scientific research has contributed a lot to humanity and is definitely a great place to start. We also need to revisit the issue of our lifestyle choices and see ways in which we can simplify these for the sake of the present and future generations.

      Educating ourselves on how people in various parts of the world are tackling the uncertainties related to weather patterns would help. For example, why do people in complete deserts survive without asking for aid while those in comparatively rainy areas consistently face famine and have to be bailed out with aid? How do those in extremely cold climates like the north pole survive these long winters without the intervention of the international community?

  6. Hey jlue. Welcome to my blog. Thank you for your post. I have followed this climate change debate for long its true pols are using it for campaigns to stay in office and thats politics. Have you noticed the erratic weather pattern? The scorching summers?it all has an explanation because that is not how things were a few years ago. Farmers now worry about reduced winter season because it means less spring runoff. What causes wildfires? Drought results from prolonged lack of rainfall coupled with high temperatures. The East African drought was caused by reduced rainfall. Without pasture, thousands of cattle, sheep,goats and camels died. The people could no longer feed themselves so the appealed for food aid. What could they do?

    • The climate debate is a thorny issue that will continue to perturb us for the foreseeable future. Various catastrophes around the world; earthquakes, floods, prolonged droughts and famine, fires, hurricanes, etc are widely believed to be the result of irresponsible lifestyle choices that lead to global warming. Some of these choices, as you mentioned above include increased industrialization and waste have led to polluting the environment leading to these varied weather patterns.

      Irrespective of what side we are on in the global warming debate, steps should be taken to address the root causes of these catastrophes and come up with feasible solutions of mitigating against future occurrences. Otherwise, we risk being mired in short-term measures of continually sending aid here and there, with less resources devoted to finding permanent solutions!

  7. These certainly have been difficult times for those living in Africa and parts of the Middle East. Drought, however, isn’t something new there. Throughout recorded history droughts and famines have occurred. It seems to me that even if climate change is caused by the activities of mankind, (of which I am not convinced) the world is much too complicated for meaningful change to be brought about in time for mankind to save the planet.

    I agree with you that we should not be wasteful and that we should take measures to avoid pollution of water and air. I believe our resources would be well spent helping those in the areas.

    Shouldn’t we also avoid allowing politicians like Al Gore and others who are opportunist to use ‘global warming’ as a tool to give corrupt officials and those who love power and wealth more legal ways to hold on to both? When politicians become involved, often the goal of helping those who are suffering is overshadowed by the politicians desire for fame and/or power.Take a look at Gore’s own lifestyle.

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