Climate change is one of the gravest issues that the world faces in this day and age. As carbon emissions rise globally, climate change in Pakistan has also become a reality. Before delving further into the effects of climate change it is essential for us to understand its meaning.
Climate change refers to the change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.
Climate Change: PRE COVID-19
Before the ongoing pandemic hit the world, our dear planet earth was already suffering badly from climate change. From the emissions of greenhouse gases via car fumes to untreated industrial waste, almost all human practices were only making the problem verse. The ozone layer had started to deplete from multiple areas, ice caps were melting and the sea levels were rising. So much so that it is predicted that the island nation of Sri Lanka will be entirely underwater by the year 2050.
Climate Change: POST COVID-19
All the aforementioned problems pretty much do exist post-COVID-19. However, if not anything else, COVID-19 has surely had a positive impact on slowing down climate and its phases. With the impositions of lockdowns in almost all countries of the world, international travel came to a halt. Less petrol and oil were used worldwide due to restrictions on even local travel. Public transports also stopped providing services. This allowed the planet to get a break from the harmful greenhouse emissions from cars, buses, and even airplanes.
Mosty countries of the world only allowed the factories that manufactured essential health and food products to service. With less factories working in general, the air and water pollution rates dropped drastically. The water in the canals of Venice became clearer, the holes in the Ozone layer filled up and the stars became visible in night in Lahore: a city that previously suffered drastically from air pollution.
As much as global leaders like to deny it, climate change is still real. It is still happening. There is a need to make drastic changes in our lifestyle to stop the earth from becoming a dead planet like Mars. We need to act now to make sure that the human race flourishes on our home planet rather than becoming extinct.
The power to stop the climate is in our own hands. We must start using recyclable products and make reusing a part of our lives. Rather than investing in fast fashion, we must invest in a sustainable fashion. We must also reduce our carbon footprints by using public transport wherever and whenever possible rather than private transport. As the young climate activist, Greta Thunberg famously said:” I have learned you are never too small to make a difference.”