A short letter from the future:
In that particular morning in the year 2015, the sun was shining and, at the beach, the water was beautifully clear, with amazing shades of blue and green. We could appreciate and enjoy the waves coming and going and we absorbed the peace. In that particular moment it seemed to be impossible to believe that our beloved oceans were under a massive wave of threat. There was a global warning and we knew we should have taken serious actions, otherwise the consequences would be irreversible.
In this particular morning in the year 2055, we can't feel the touch of the sand under our feet, because there's no beach, the wind is so hot that it's barely impossible to breath. We can't appreciate the waves coming and going, because we are all sadly staring at dead marine life and covering our nose to avoid the smell of destruction. - (Veronica Castello)
According to EPA US (United Stated Environmental Protection Agency) the oceans cover about 70 per cent of the Earth's surface and influence two important aspects of our lives on a daily basis, on local to global scales: weather and climate. But changes in the second are fundamentally altering many characteristics of the oceans over time such as, ocean heat, sea surface temperature, sea level and ocean acidity.
In a recent news release, researchers from The University of Adelaide stated that "A world-first global analysis of marine responses to climbing human CO2 emissions has painted a grim picture of future fisheries and ocean ecosystems". It means that, the rise of the world temperature results in ocean acidification and warming that may deeply affect the diversity and population of fish species across the globe, resulting in devastating consequences for our way of life, particularly in coastal regions relying primarily on fishing.
So, what can we do to help? You may think it is a big problem, to be solved only by governments, corporations and industries, but that is not the truth. With simple actions at home, at the office, on the road and at school or university you will help to prevent and even stop the rise of the world's temperature. Here are 5 basic steps for you to #helptochange. To know more, click HERE
1 - Practice the 3R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
It's really simple and will make a massive change in your life and in our world. Reducing, reusing, and recycling helps conserve energy and reduces pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from resource extraction, manufacturing, and disposal. Practice! Future generations will forever thank you.
2 - Give your car a break
Whenever possible to avoid using your car, try and use public transportation, go for a walk or ride a bike. With those simple actions you'll be constantly helping the planet and your own health.
3 - Changing the lights
At home and even at the office replace your five most frequently used light fixtures or the light bulbs in them with Energy Star qualified products and you will help the environment while saving $70 a year on energy bills. See!? It's easy saving the planet and your money!
4 - Use water efficiently
Did you know it takes lots of energy to pump, treat, and heat water? Yes, it does! So, by saving water you are reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Always remember to reduce the amount of waste you generate and the water you consume whenever possible. Pursue simple water-saving actions such as not letting the water run while shaving or brushing teeth and save money while conserving water. Simple and efficient!
5 - Spread the word
This is a fundamental step for all of us. As soon as possible, tell family and friends that energy efficiency is good for their homes and good for the environment because it lowers greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. If you tell five people and these five people tell five others, imagine how fast we can all #helptochange? Believe me, together we can help our homes help us all. Play your part, help to change! Thank you.