The rising temperature is wreaking havoc across our world. Increase in the intensity and frequency of wildfires, storms, and periods of drought are becoming common occurrences. As we live through these changes, what could be the impact to our world?
No question the climate change we’re experiencing is due to the greenhouse effect that resulted in global warming. Unpleasant as it may be, a consequence is the shifting in our planet’s biodiversity. (The Royal Society).
To wit, “wildlife is on the move as the climate warms. Shark and seal populations are increasing in formerly chilly New England waters. Cases of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases are rising in the northeastern and upper Midwestern United States. Moose are lumbering up to parts of the Arctic where they’ve never been before.” (Champlain College)
Are we prepared to deal with these shifts? The answer is negative as we are struggling to handle the climate change (and failing in the process). Obviously, these massive shifts affect our human communities in that we rely on farming, fishing, forestry, and other natural resources for survival.
Not to mention, the resulting eco-imbalance are introducing new diseases and invasive species into the equation. Where will all these lead us? Hmm . . .
We have the capability to tap into Big Data to spot and respond to critical threats as in the case of the Covid-19 vaccine development. But unless we prioritize our resources and become more proactive, we will be too busy responding to and putting out the fire.
Isn’t it time to give instead of keep on taking from our planet?