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Dhaka Tribune

There is no Planet B

Climate change threatens all organisms on Earth

Update : 19 May 2019, 12:02 AM

What is going on around the world? 

Global climate change has already had noticeable effects on the environment. The global average surface temperature has increased by more than 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit (0.9 degrees Celsius) since 1906. 

The heat is shrinking glaciers and melting sea ice, affecting the eco-system of plants and causing migration of animals, and precipitation patterns are fluctuating. 

I worry that I might have a heat stroke, so at times, I don’t even go out. 

These changes are increasing as we continue to put in more heat-trapping greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. 

Kaspersky Lab has created a map that lets us see what the world could look like in 2050. The map projected that cities like Barcelona are gleaming and are innovative, but our Dhaka is entirely underwater due to rising sea levels! 

While we continue with our daily lives, climate change is becoming progressively worse. 

Certainly, there are organizations, governments, and projects working towards preventing this catastrophe, but what can you do? 

Well, here is a list of things you can do.

Try buying fewer items that are made of plastic. Buy reusable water bottles and containers, don’t use plastic ones. The very first plastic was produced in the early 1900s, and plastic takes around 500+ years to break down. Eat more whole foods and package-free options. Scientists predict that by 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish

Plant a tree. Around 2,000 trees are cut down in rainforests every minute. Without plants, who will protect us from global warming?

Drive less often. Laziness gets the best of us, but try to walk or cycle instead of driving. Car pollution is one of the main causes of global warming. Globally, about 15% of man-made carbon dioxide comes from vehicles

If you’re a smoker, use paper matches instead of lighters. 1.5 billion disposable plastic lighters end up in landfills every year and some even reach the stomachs of wildlife

Don’t waste water. This does not mean you have to stop drinking water. This means take less time showering and don’t waste water by using more than what you need

Consume less meat and dairy products. Decrease eating red meats such as beef and lamb. Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gases than all the world’s transportation systems combined

Commit to having at least one vegetarian day a week. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef

Don’t leave your lights on. Energy is being wasted. Keep them off as much as you can

Purchase natural products instead of toxic ones, whether it’s make-up or cleaning materials. Toxic chemicals in the streams pollute the ocean and damage marine life

Raise awareness as much as you can -- imagine how the world could change significantly if all of us could just be a bit more careful

If old clothing is not fit enough to donate, use them as kitchen cleaning rags

Borrow books from local libraries or a friend instead of buying them

Try metal razors instead of plastic ones. They’re cheaper too

Buy environment-friendly lightbulbs. Most of the energy from lightbulbs are lost to the surroundings as heat

Your impact may be small, but it’s the least we can do. Let us save the world before the damages become permanent. Remind yourself every day, there is no Planet B. And even if there is, how many of us do you think will end up there? 

Raida Chowdhury is a freelance contributor.

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