Opinion

Why Care?

Oct 01, 2017
By: Zara Maqbool   My friend Farah is the inspiration behind this blog. I was sharing my frustration at not knowing what to write this week when she asked me, “How about global warming?” And to be honest hating geography in college somehow this topic did not pique my interest at all. She then asked me, “When was the last time you thought about how the climate is changing and affecting us?” and my reply was, ‘hmmm not in the longest time!’ I then reflected on how the climate has changed in the last few years. How it used to be pretty cool around this time in Islamabad and how different it is today. I also noticed how dirty my city has become with waste lying around in the so-called posh sectors. Since some years we have lost the real issue in the debate whether humans are causing the global warming or is it a political driven issue like Trump believes it to be so. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “global warming is one symptom of the much larger problem of human-caused climate change.” Global warming is the rise in the average temperature of the earth and climate change includes its effects such as melting glaciers, more and more earth quakes and hurricanes, frequent drought and changing weather patterns. "Said another way, global warming is one symptom of the much larger problem of human-caused climate change," NOAA says. It is a proven fact that we are responsible for this and so the important question is what are we doing about it? How often do we mindfully use water in our homes or teach our children to do so even though we all have come across articles on water shortage increasing at an alarmingly high level in Pakistan. But then why do we worry right? We are luckily living n areas where this issue can never hit us home. The question that I would then ask is, “are we rich enough to protect our coming generations from the effects of this climate change?” The fact is we are in serious trouble and we might luckily bypass the effect of this but what about our future generations? A country like Pakistan where there are so many basic issues that need to be dealt with, who can worry about climate change. We need to at a state level follow programs like fuel-economy standards for cars, stricter building codes and emissions limits for power plants. We also need to run awareness campaigns at school and college levels to educate our children. But first we need to take this seriously. Literally small changes can go a long way and instead of sitting in our homes and making comments like, “so much is changing,” how about working towards slowing this change. The question that so often plagues my mind is, “what can I do about it at a personal level?” For starters start talking more about it. Start by saving energy by switching off extra lights and air conditioners in the house, turning to energy saving lights, wasting less water like maybe not getting your drive way washed every day, avoid making unnecessary road or plane trips and wasting less food and eating less meat. Switching off unused TV, Stereo and computer. Think twice before you buy a plastic bag. A lot can be done to reduce our energy cost and use of carbon dioxide, which is a leading cause to a more polluted world. Let’s become more aware of what recycling is and if we don’t have recycling programs, how about using less plastic and more paper. How many of us demand retail outlets to use paper bags rather than plastic? And lastly plant a tree for a greener world!!!                                                      

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