Category Archives: Global warming awarness

Plastic.

Plastic is slowly becomming more and more of a problem for our wildlife. I’ve read that in the year 2040 we’re going to have more plactic in the ocean than fish! If you watch ‘Plastic Ocean’ on Netflix then this will give you a good insight on exactly how much of a problem it is. Plastic never really disintigrates compeletly it just works itself into smaller and smaller pieces. This then gets eaten by fish and guess who eats the fish….that’s right us! It can be toxic to eat so not only are we intoxicating the fish and other animals we are also intoxicating ourselves.

Poorer countries are unable to recycle properly. I’ve seen on TV that quieter islands are walking over the mounds of plastic that they have. It’s sad to think that they live like this along with the animals. But what about richer conutries? What’s our excuse for not recycling properly? That’s what I want to know. No I’m not here to point fingers but I have seen carborad boxes, paper and our good “friend” plastic being thrown in the trash. Maybe some people need that bit more education on exactly how important proper recycling is.

Not only is it dangerous to eat and animals have died because of it, it also creates a trapping hazard. Things like carrier bags can get tangled round anything and then whatever’s caught up in it dies a slow and painful death. Underwater carrier bags can actaully look like jellyfish and animals mistake this dangerous product as food……

If you look around I’m sure you’ll sadly see that plastic is everywhere and not just in our oceans. Its kicking about on land too and as I write this blog I’m sure that somewhere out there an animal has either eaten plastic or has got caught up in it.

My photo is meant to represent a plastic bottle flouting in a pond or river. I didn’t actaully want to phyically put it out there wrongly in an animal’s enviroment so I decided just to flout it in my kitchen sink before I recycled it. The message though I feel is still the same.

So what do we do about this ever growing plastic problem? Well as we all know it’s not going to change over night. Nothing ever does! We need to imprint this into our minds before trashing anything – THINK before you THROW! I now leave everyone with this meassage.

THINK before you THROW!
THINK before you THROW!

Dead or dying?

One morning I was driving to work and I heard on the radio that The Great Barrier Reef had died. It was on the heart radio station and the man host thought that the woman host was joking but she wasn’t. I was very saddened by this news and on my break I decided to look more into it. The internet was flooded with the news and people were even lying flowers down in respect of the beautiful reef. However a day later further news came out that The Great Barrier Reef wasn’t dead but dying. To be honest it doesn’t look very alive to me when I see the pictures. It’s gone from all these great colours and full of life to brown and nothing living there. Even if it’s dying does that mean “oh don’t worry about it” then? It’s not something to be shrugged off at all!

I’ve just watched this great documentry called ‘Before the flood’ with Leoanardo Dicaprio. Forgive my spelling by the way if this isn’t how you spell his name. He is in a movement to get the world to act on global warming. I say GOOD FOR HIM!! GO LEO!! In this they showed everything from the melting glaciers, to the burning rain forests, to the dead and dying coral. This really grabbed me because we’ve wasted so much time debating over this issue. No more talk now, just no more…..

I would love to go to The Great Barrier Reef myself. I’m starting to think you have to judge for yourself wether or not you think it’s dead. It’s on the cards for me to hopefully make this trip even though it’ll be a long flight. Although if I do go and see the state of this reef I’ll probably cry because from the pictures it looks like WW3 has arrived.

I think we have to look at The Great Barrier Reef like one of our own cities, along with other places of nature of course. How would we feel and where would we go if one of our majour cities were to die? It is the same thing really. Just because it’s at the bottom of the ocean doesn’t mean – out of sight, out of mind.

For now personally I’ll say for myself that it did unfortantly die, but that’s just my outlook. How many more reefs will suffer I wonder?

Orange and full of life.   I took this at the Seattle Aquarium.  This is how the reef probably looked like.
Orange and full of life. I took this at the Seattle Aquarium. This is how the reef probably looked like before.

Too dry!

From raging fires to drought. I think this is only the beginning. The terrible fire that started in Fort Mcmurray is still burning and is now in Alberta and Fort Saskatchewan which is the province next door. I have seen wild fires before but never this big and for not as long. Natural? Or the beginning of something terrible that us humans have created? Of course I don’t need to ask myself this question but maybe other people do.

Many animals and people have lost their homes. How many more will suffer? Watching people driving through the Fort Mcmurray fires was one of the scariest things I’d ever seen. If that would’ve been me I would’ve thought that my number was up! On one of the dash cam videos it does look like a deer or something is running out of the burning forest. You have to look carefully but I’m pretty sure I can see the poor thing running for its life. I’m so glad no one was killed but I also know that the animals were not so lucky. I’m thinking sadly this is something we’ll see more often in the future. It’s only going to get hotter and hotter.

I’m also thinking that when a thunderstorm finally does hit Alberta it will be a HUGE one. I can’t say that I’m looking forward to that thunderstorm. I’m just imagining this giant storm with lots of lighting….

I heard in the future there might be wars over drinking water and possibly food. Global warming doesn’t just affect the weather it does have a massive affect on the food and water we rely on. Water is cheap? In the future this might not be the case. It might be high in value because it’s harder to come across. So just think about that the next time you drink a glass of water. It’s highly possible that, that simple glass is so precious in the future.

We’re seeing scary changes here and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon.

Says it all.
Says it all.

Global warming worries.

The more I watch the more I worry about global warming and the affect it’ll have on the animals, plants and future generations. There is a phrase – seeing is believing. I find we are seeing but not believing. Why is it even a debate anymore?? You can see it happening!!

Take the UK for example. The place I grew up and called home. We’ve always had a lot of rain and flooding. That is British weather. But I find as the years go on the higher the floods are getting and they seem to be more powerful. I just don’t remember them being that bad when I was a kid. Houses are getting destroyed and many people have to relocate. What will this be like in the future? Will more and more people across the UK be homeless? It’s looking highly likely to me!

And this Jasper glacier. I’ve been here many times and they have tall poles in the ground on where it used to be. These poles are miles from where the glacier sits today. Will there even be glaciers in the future or will they all disappear?

Now I know that the earth goes through natural warming and cooling cycles. I am not denying this and neither are the documentaries I have watched. In matter of fact all global warming documentaries say that the earth has gone through natural cooling and heating cycles in the past. But the difference is that we are speeding up the already natural cycle and making it happen faster than it should. This IS the issue at hand.

I just don’t understand with the global warming deniers how they explain all the pollution in the air and where it goes…. The amount we pump up in the air everyday, day after day must be doing something. It can’t be doing nothing. There’s more people on the planet now than ever before, our population is booming. We’re all energy hungry, every single one of us.

Think of the rain forest being cut down. I think people forget that this contributes to global warming. The less trees there are the more the planet will heat up. Think of the corals dying. They’re all dying because the ocean takes in much that we pump up into the air. I don’t understand how the deniers explain the crisis of the rain forest or the corals because that is clearly OUR doing!

Global warming worries me an awful lot. What will become of everything? More importantly though how could we have let this happen to our beautiful planet?

ice melting on a lake.
ice melting on a lake.