Imagine an enclosed village with only ten apple trees and twenty mouths to feed. This village heavily relies on apples as their primary food source and there is an abundance or surplus of apples, as these trees provide more than ten apples everyday.
Do the math, a hundred apples for twenty villagers a day. Everyone is happy and well-off.
‘Knock Knock’ in comes climate change and other forms of environmental destruction.
One of the trees wither because of extreme heat. Another is attacked by swarms of insects; three more are rotting because of water salinity. To make things worse, one end of the village is slowly drowning under the ocean while the other end is swallowed by a wild river.
Trees are dying at a rapid pace and now the apple trees can only provide fifty apples for twenty people. Conflicts arise, tense politics emerge and for the very first time, an apple shortage causes civil unrest in the village.
The limited and slowly decreasing land area is a constant reminder of the impending doom that will befall the villagers.
The good news is that a wild cyclone misses their village by the slightest margin and all are safe. The bad news is that the cyclone leads to ten migrants who come from a neighbouring village looking for a new place to call home.
The village leaders call a meeting to find a solution, but instead, are met with disputes and arguments which are specifically fuelled by the limited knowledge the villagers have about growing apples.
This is a very basic analogy of what is actually happening around the world. Natural disasters are only one of the many repercussions we face due to climate change.
We’re not halfway through 2018 and yet we’ve already experiencing record breaking temperatures, in various parts of our ever changing world.
Last year was a strong warning of how the slightest change in temperatures can bring various natural calamities.
Are these natural disasters not big enough a price we humans have paid for ignoring climate change for so long?
The world needs innovative and creative minds now more than ever. We need more collaborative efforts taken by young people. We need their creativity and open minds to bolster the fight against climate change by adapting to its effects.
With rapidly depleting resources and an exponentially growing population, these young creative thinkers might be our only hope for salvation.
Takahashi Rei is student at IUB. He is passionate about finding innovative, sustainable solutions to wildlife conservation.