Welcome back to my blog! I am posting twice this week instead of once because I wanted to introduce the Climate Change Collective. Climate change has already had a significant impact on so many countries, and it will continue to do so. Through studying Environmental Science during my A-Levels and now at university, I have learnt so much about it and the consequences it will have.
What is the Climate Change Collective?
The Climate Change Collective was created following a conversation between Michelle from Boomer Eco Crusader, and Jamie from JamieAdStories. Like me, they care about human activity’s effects on our planet. So they decided to create this collaboration with a group of like-minded eco bloggers to share climate change-related blog posts.
Each member of the collective with writing a post sharing their concerns and perspective on climate change. Once the post has been published, we will each share a link to the post on our blogs! If you fancy joining us, feel free to get in touch in the comments or on Twitter.
My thoughts on Michelle’s post
In Michelle’s post, which you can read by clicking the button above, she talks about how climate change impacts your health and your wallet. She has spent her career in the retirement business so is always thinking about security in our later years. A report released in 2020, states that climate change was one of the risks to retirement security.
This is a starterling reminder about how much climate change can affect us throughout our life. As I am only 20, I have never really given retirement much thought. There are so many ways that climate change affects our health, we are already living these effects.
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I think the biggest consequence that has startled me is air pollution. I had a lecture sometime last year about air quality, from an environmental lawyer. He told us about how every single country/city lies about their air pollution reading. For examoke, Bournemouth’s air quality recorder is in an empty field in the middle of nowhere. This is obviously going to get a low reading. It terrifies me how our leaders are willing to lie so easily.
Air pollution has staggering effects, and in 2013 Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah’s official cause of death was air pollution. That was almost 10 years ago. The amount of people with asthma has increased, especially within cities as they often have a worse quality of air. Air pollution often leads to heart disease, lung cancer, respiratory conditions (including asthma), cardiovascular diseases, strokes and a lower life expectancy.
It was only in 1956 that the first Clean Air Act came about. That is very recent, and it worries me how long it took for people to realise the importance of clean air. Especially, when back in the 17th century, they first had thoughts on how coal might be bad for our health & the environment!
The biggest cause of air pollution is care tires and break pads. We need to drive less, but in order for this to happen there must be efficient transport links. In the UK, trains are far too expensive which makes them less desirable to use. Luckily I have a rail card which takes 1/3 of the price off, but even then it is so expensive! Buses aren’t too bad compared, but they are so much more than I remember when I was a child.
In the last few years, there has been so much on the news about wildfires, droughts, heatwaves, floods etc. Hearing of a wildfire in the news used to be a rarity, and a shock to the system. Now they almost seem normal, when they are far from it! As Michelle mentions in her blog post, there are financial burdens that come alongside these disasters.
Make sure you have a read of her post, and look out for ones in the future from the Climate Change Collective! In my posts for the collaboration, I am going to share how climate change effects nature/wildlife, and in turn us.
Best wishes, Cx
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