Climate and its importance
Maybe you think environmental and climate issues take up a lot of space in everyday life, but are a little incalculable and sometimes a little long-haired?
That’s how I feel sometimes, you feel guilty, but what the f….does. can you as a private individual? Sometimes you get the feeling that our politicians understand as little of the problem as we citizens do, they talk a lot, but there is not much action behind the words.
Should we just carry on as before and let the world quietly disappear under water?
What is Climate?
First of all, we just need to get in place that climate and the environment are not the same, but that they are linked.
Our climate consists of the following parameters we measure on:
- the type of precipitation (rain, snow, hail) and extent (expressed in mm)
- wind strength and directions
In short, climate is the sum of the wind and weather we have.You can probably remember it from geography at school.The Earth is divided into climate zones that we call polar climate, temperate climate, subtropical climate and tropical climate.A country may well have several types of climate and also mainland and coastal climate. A country like Denmark has both temperate climates, but also coastal climate.
Climate is indicated on the last 30 years of weather history, which is called a climate period. The last climatic period is compared with the previous ones and thus you can calculate fluctuations in e.g. temperature, precipitation, etc.
For each of the parameters, an average, annual fluctuations and other characteristics such as 10 years, 50 years and 100 years of events have been calculated. These are fluctuations beyond the “normal” and typically occur at certain intervals (10, 50 or 100 years).
The climate is determined by some basic conditions:
- The sun that gives earth its energy subsidies
- Heat loss to space
- Earth’s tilt relative to the sun that determines the seasons
- Earth’s orbit around the sun, which is co-determining for ice ages
- Continental drift, how the earth plates move
- The sea, which regulates fluctuations in temperature due to the absorption and release of heat by the water
- Ocean currents that distribute the heat and cold on the ground
Do we affect the climate?
That’s the big question these years.
Has man, by digging, drilling, bursting, burning, trapping, cultivating and building not only destroyed the environment in many places, but also affected the earth’s climate to such an extent that we face far-reaching consequences?
Since the Industrial Revolution of the mid-1800s, we have really used the earth’s resources to build machines that could help us.
The pursuit of profit and the comfortable life
Gas and oil provided electricity and light so we could work longer and better. Machines that could produce for us also used power. Power plants were built to provide us with the necessary power for the machines. The electricity came in the houses we got and today no one can make it without machines at home, fridge, stove, washing machine etc.
If you love your smartphone as much as I do, think of the resources spent on manufacturing alone. And then all the energy you consume isn’t rained in. After all, it’s not just the power yourself your phone uses when you charge – no it’s all the many servers around the world you keep going. They work and need to be cooled 24 hours a day.
Do we want to get rid of everything we have of pleasantries in weekdays? I don’t want to, but at the same time I use the earth’s resources and thus change the climate.
Consequences of being climate pigs
We’re climate pigs.
Lots of studies and research clearly show that humans – if not directly responsible for climate change – are at least instrumental in climate change happening with a rush that no one would have thought possible a few years ago.
No matter what we do, we humans will influence the continued development of the earth. But can we do something to slow down the climate crisis – and what are the real consequences of our lust for profit?
I can reassure you that the earth is not going under, even if certain prophets of doom claim it. But many animal species probably won’t survive and we humans – well what about us?
The direct implication is that the temperature worldwide has risen dramatically and therefore the snow and ice melt at both poles and in the mountains. Water rises in the oceans, rivers and streams, we get more rainfall and warmer winters while the consequences elsewhere are drought.
While some are drowning in water, others die in the heat…
In the upcoming speeches, I will talk about what YOU can do to alleviate the climate problem – with few and simple instruments, but very great benefits.