There was a time when the subject of climate change was being discussed in low murmurs among scientists as sceptics dismissed it as a joke. Over the years, the effects of climate change have been felt across the world, and even people who never took it seriously are beginning to see the consequences. Some of the impacts of change in climate that are affecting everyone include:
Rise in Food Prices
Over the years, the price of food has been getting higher due to the fact that farmers are facing an unpredictable climate. Prolonged droughts and sudden rains cause destruction in farms, and the people who plant are forced to hike prices to make up for what they spent on the farm. This does not only affect plants. Farm animals also die when they do not have enough food, and it spirals back to the consumers.
Increase in Natural Disasters
Reports indicate that almost every year, there is a region that is adversely affected by natural disasters such as flash floods, droughts and other calamities that cause death and suffering. Disasters such as the superstorm Sandy hurricane that was experienced in the US recently also leaves the destruction of property and infrastructure in their wake.
Loss of Natural Resources
Climate change has caused the natural forests to diminish and lakes to dry. These natural resources had a positive effect on the ecosystem, and when they are lost, it brings negative effects to the environment, such as exposing people to unclean air. The other effect of losing natural resources is a reduction of touristic activities. When lakes dry and soils become eroded, nobody wants to visit and watch. If no mitigation is done, the next generation might not know what it means to watch soothing waters from a river.
Increase in Diseases
The unpredictable weather caused by climate change exposes people to diseases such as allergies and other serious conditions like lung infections. Breathing toxic gases emitted into the environment can cause terminal conditions such as cancer. The fluctuation in climatic conditions has also been attributed to cases such as dengue fever being witnessed in areas that did not have the condition before.
Risk of Not Having Power
Unless people embrace renewable energy, climate change may soon put those who solely depend on electricity in the dark. With water levels going down, pumping hydroelectric power may quickly become a thing of a past as there will be no water to sustain it. There have been numerous campaigns for consumers to consider clean energy, but there are others who are still dependent on this source of power.
There is a link between war and climate change, and it all boils down to dwindling resources. As countries face the consequences of climate change, cross border wars emerge when the ones whose resources have been depleted attempt to take over from others. As climate change gets serious, more countries may end up getting into conflict with one another, hence the need for a solution before it escalates.
As governments struggle with the effects of climate change, citizens find themselves burdened with taxation. They have to pay more to repair the damages that have been caused by climate change and finance policies that governments have to come up with to prevent more damage. So climate change affects everybody, making it a responsibility to all to prevent further damage.