From this article in The Guardian …
It will be bad for humans, but catastrophic for Earth’s other inhabitants. Arctic ice loss threatens polar bears, droughts imperil monarch butterflies, and koala habitats are being destroyed by bush fires. In all, about a sixth of all species now face extinction, say scientists, although in the end no creature or plant will be safe. “Even the most resilient species will inevitably fall victim as extreme stresses drive ecosystems to collapse,” said Giovanni Strona of Europe’s Joint Research Centre in a report last week on climate change. (Emphasis added)
Unfortunately (too) many limit their thinking to the effects climate change will have on humans. They fail/refuse to consider that all life on earth will be affected.
Why do so many deny climate change? I tend to think it’s because the changes are not immediately obvious so they tell themselves it’s no big deal. It’s all part of earth’s cycles and everything will balance out in the long run. Or they are inclined to attribute everything to “natural causes.” Some may even say it’s the brain child of some neurotic scientists. Many (usually the culprits) deny it because they want to ensure the dollars continue to flow into their bank account.
(And then there’s the conspiracy followers who are convinced the “government” is behind it all.)
Another reason I think people “pooh-pooh” climate change is because it happens gradually. Yes, they know about the forest fires, the floods, the hurricanes, the unseasonable snowstorms … but they tend to see these events as separate occurrences. In other words, they don’t get the connection.
But the young children growing up today ARE going to get the connection as they experience the very real and dramatic changes. And regrettably, because the generations before them chose to ignore the warnings, they are the ones who will feel the full effects.
- They will experience dramatic and life-changing weather events.
- They will see the death of plant and animal species.
- They will suffer from droughts and/or lack of clean water.
- They will die from heat-related diseases.
- They will have less food to put on their tables.
- They will be forced to move due to persistent flooding.
And this just touches the surface of the changes they will endure.
If you are reading this and shaking your head because you think it’s just people’s overactive imaginations, then I suggest you type in “Consequences of Climate Change” into your favorite browser and take the time to read what multiple informed sources have to say.
If you are still not convinced, all I can say is I hope you will (1) be dead and buried before the full effects set in, or (2) have a good explanation when your children begin to suffer as a result of your refusal to accept the findings of people much smarter than you.