When an unusual scorching hot day or extreme cold day occurs, I’m sure you can find a few people saying, “Well, that’s climate change for ya,” because that’s just what some people associate extreme weather with. People are also more likely to believe that global warming is real if the state that they live in is experiencing extreme weather conditions, because, well, how can you deny it when you’re living in it?
Even the deniers of global warming cannot deny the fact that greenhouse gas emissions have a major effect on climate change, and definitely may be part of the reason why we have been experiencing such extreme weather conditions.
One of the main gases that contribute to the problem of climate change is methane. Methane is produced by the breakdown of waste in animal agriculture.
Cows release the most amount of methane, between 60kg and 120kg each year, which in turn, has a major effect on climate change and global warming as a whole.
So when you notice that the days weather forecast looks a little more hot or cold than normal, maybe think about some of the reasons why that is happening, and what you can do to fix it.
One thing we can do is start to change the way we talk about global warming and climate change. Global warming isn’t a joke…it is a real issue, and unlike President Trump, we should probably start thinking about it seriously.
The way we talk about the weather can have a real impact on climate change. Instead of saying, “This extreme weather is due to climate change,” we can take it a step further and say, “This extreme weather is due to climate change, what are we doing to fix this?”
This way the conversation can shift from nor just recognizing the problem, but also to recognizing it and thinking of how we can fix it.
Straight off the bat we can consume less meat. Like I said in an earlier blog post, Meatless Mondays are a great way to ease into cutting meat out of your diet.
Instead of going cold turkey, you are choosing a day of the week where you pledge to not eat meat, and that alone still makes a difference.
It all starts with the conversation. If we start talking about it more seriously, the people around us will also begin to have that mind set. It is also not about who is right or who is wrong, it is just about creating that conversation that tells people it is an issue and we should be talking about it.
So, the next time someone says to you that the weather is extremely hot because of global warming, change the conversation to figuring out why global warming would be the cause of the change in climate. You may learn a thing or two about how serious this issue really is.