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International Climate Day 2018

International Climate Day 2018

Every schoolchild will say that the weather regime that has been established for many years in a certain territory is called a climate. The word "established" plays a key role in this definition and means a certain constancy of certain indicators. But is it possible to talk about constancy today, when in the middle of spring, wearing a jacket in the morning, just in case, you take an umbrella and shorts with you?

Probably, every person on the planet has already noticed that the climate is changing. Often we say that there has never been such a cold winter / rainy spring / hot summer, and it really is. The consequences of global warming are felt more and more, and only human being can reverse this process.

Everyone on the planet has already noticed that the climate is changing

Everyone on the planet has already noticed that the climate is changing, photo WEB

At a rapid (on a planetary scale) climate change meteorologists are trying to draw the attention of humanity for a long time. For the first time, climate problems on high-level were discussed 25 years ago in Rio de Janeiro. The Earth Summit gathered representatives of 180 countries that signed the Convention on Climate Change. Five years later, the notorious Kyoto Agreement was signed, and another 18 years later, the Paris Agreement, calling on the states of the whole world to take measures to prevent a further rise in temperature on the planet.

Representatives of the states agreed with this proposal, signed the papers and dispersed. But today every citizen of any country, regardless of his position, gender and age, should realize that the Agreement is not enough. It's time to get started. To recall the role of climate and the need to preserve it, International Day of Climate is celebrated in different parts of the world on May 15.

For the first time, climate problems on high-level were discussed at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiroо

For the first time, climate problems on high-level were discussed at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiroо, photo WEB

Scientific conferences, rallies of public organizations and charity funds are held on that day. Eco-marathons, thematic exhibitions and various educational events are held everuwhere. But regardless of the scope, they are all united by the desire to keep the Earth healthy for future generations.

The climate of the planet is influenced by many factors, among there are also those which are beyond the control of human. Eruption of volcanoes, earthquakes and even the fall of meteorites can not be prevented. But the changes taking place in the atmosphere today are provoked by people. Combustion of fossil fuels is not the only problem, although the most heatedly discussed.

Fossil fuel combustion

Fossil fuel combustion, photo WEB

The plowing of huge areas for farmland leads to an acceleration of soil moisture loss and air pollution by dust. Global deforestation contributes to the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by reducing the production of oxygen. Industrial waste and emissions pollute not only air, but also water, and soil, directly affecting the health of all life on the planet.

The consequences of such actions are atypical natural phenomena, entailing serious problems for human. The melting of glaciers provokes flooding of the coastal territories of continents and entire islands. Acid rains causes various diseases for humans, fish and animals.

Ozone hole allows penetrating to the ground harmful UV radiation, and the greenhouse effect leads to changes in climatic zones and natural disasters. Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, abnormal rains are so convenient to write off to the vagaries of nature. But it is so hard to admit that it is "capricious" because of a human.

Atypical natural phenomena entail serious problems

Atypical natural phenomena entail serious problems, photo WEB

Today, the scale of the problem is palpable, but not catastrophic. The process is reversible, and in the power of each person is to render this assistance. Using economical lamps, walking and public transport instead of a personal car, planting trees, sending waste to recycling and much, much more are not trifles.

All this seems insignificant, but in the scale of the world's population such actions become an investment in the future. In 2018 International Climate Day, as always, is not declared a holiday weekend. But despite the affairs of another bustle tuesday, take the time to think about what will happen if all of us continue to remain indifferent.

Victoria Romanova, Russia, Moscow