Danger to our World

Sylvester Torsman
Sylvester Torsman
Our Ways of Life‌‌

‌‌Presently, in this continually progressing world, ways of performing tasks have been improved due to technological advances. There has been several discoveries through technology, it leaves one to wonder whether there is a need for staying natural. Food has become fast due to technology, factory processes, fumes from plants/generators, etc and other advances in technology has gradually posed a threat to the climate of the world.

How is it so?

Climate affects nearly every aspect of our lives, from the sources of our food to our transport,  infrastructure, from the clothes we wear, to where we go on holiday. It has a huge effect on our livelihoods, our health, and our future. Climate is an important environmental influence on ecosystems. Ecosystems are affected by changing climates in a variety of ways. For instance, global warming may cause species to migrate to higher latitudes or higher altitudes where temperatures are more conducive to their survival. As such the irregular changes in the climate eminently radically affect the conditions of the atmosphere and the natural habitat.

What's Climate Change?

Climate change, in simple terms, is the global phenomenon of climate transformation characterized by the changes in the usual climate of the planet (regarding temperature, precipitation, and wind) that are especially caused by human activities. Per the definition from NASA, climate change is “a broad range of global phenomena created predominantly by burning fossil fuels, which add heat-trapping gases to Earth’s atmosphere. These phenomena include the increased temperature trends caused by global warming, but also encompasses changes such as sea-level rise; ice mass loss in Greenland, Antarctica, the Arctic and mountain glaciers worldwide; shifts in flower/plant blooming; and extreme weather events.

Technology's Impact on Climate Change

In terms of transportation, there has been a paradigm shift from orthodox means such as horses and never-ending camel rides to light speed trains and even rockets that get us into space.

The communication industry has not been left out in this modernization either, with the introduction of 5G internet which has raised a lot of concern about its effect on the environment. Improved industrialization, heavy machinery for high yielding agricultural production and high tech construction are others to talk about. Even though these modern mechanisms are efficient, they pose a threat to the survival of smaller organisms.‌‌ These developments and advances in scientific knowledge have been immensely inspired by the increasing spike in population globally.

Fumes from factories into the atmosphere
Butterflies and Bees affect Climate Change‌‌

Smaller organisms may seem insignificant but play vital roles in the community. Any change in  an area's climate can greatly affect the plants and animals dwelling there, as well as the makeup of the entire ecosystem.

Have you ever asked yourself what role butterflies and bees play in our ecosystem? Well, they do more than just adding colour and beauty to the environment. There is more to them than meets the eye. We know bees are pollinators but did you know that these group of insects belonging to the order Hymenoptera are sensitive to high temperatures. Bees are one of the leading pollinators in our world and the effect of climate change has led to their decline.‌‌ Butterflies are very beautiful organisms which belong to the order Lepidoptera. Both the bee and the butterfly according to Linnaeus classification system belong to the same kingdom, phylum and class, that is, Animalia, Arthropoda and Insecta respectively. These organisms are very crucial to the environment because they are indicators of a healthy environment.

Pollination process by a butterfly

They have aesthetic value, and also serve as food for other organisms. A decline in either species will affect other organisms like birds and also lead to food insecurity since our primary pollinators are inadequate. This would mean investing more money into the pollination of crops to get enough produce.‌‌ These two organisms and others alike may seem insignificant but are crucial to our survival and are being affected by our action for a better and comfortable life. Some insect species are associated with certain plants and the indiscriminate cutting of trees or clearing of land to erect high rise buildings or real estate would affect the population growth of particular species of insects.

‌Butterflies are significant pollinators‌ also, and not just add color to the environment. Thus, there is no doubting the importance of these insects to our food supply, for without them, our gardens would be fruitless and our plates empty. It is estimated that about 70% of smaller species are slated for extinction if the effect of some of these scientific experimentations that lead to climate change and global warming are not curbed. The introduction of comfortable living, modern homes, and luxurious cars have made us oblivious of the fact that the true "technology" to successful living and survival are these smaller organisms that our practices are putting in extinction. The earlier we change our ways and preserve the animal and plant species, the better. For instance, the conservation of flora and fauna species would be beneficial to everyone due to their importance to our ecosystem.

Marine life, Industrialization and Climate Change‌‌

It seems that there has been a lot of evolution and the world has seen significant progress in technology and production, yet the release of gases from machinery into the atmosphere has resulted in the warming of the earth which has resulted in a change in rain patterns,  migration of organisms to either colder or warmer regions depending on their adaptation, increase and decrease of some population of insects which has resulted in a lot of imbalance in the ecosystem. Some organisms thrive well in warm climate while the population of others that do not, decline drastically.‌‌ The saturation of chemicals, waste materials from factories and farmlands washed into water bodies lead to an algal bloom.  Algal bloom deprives aquatic life of oxygen and other nutrients.‌‌ Coral reefs around the world serve as habitat for algae and other minute organisms which serve as food for aquatic life. When coral bleaching occurs, habitats are destroyed, food sources decline and competition increases.‌‌ The increased temperatures associated with climate change causes water to warm up which result in coral bleaching and becomes less habitable for certain organisms. Increased temperature will result in organisms moving into deeper regions of the ocean where the temperature is suitable.‌‌ Combating climate change and all related activities is a necessity and we must work together.‌‌ Remember, all life is interconnected, and a disturbance or decline of one ecosystem affects the other.