It is no longer a hidden secret that climate change has rapidly accelerated after WWII. At first, every person was in denial that climate change could affect our living standards, but now it is apparent that many people are working to reduce the hiking climate change.
Experts argue that one of the factors playing in rapid climate change is the increased dependency on natural resources as sources of energy and fuel. One example is the excessive burning of coal and petroleum to produce energy and other products. For the proper decomposition of coal, it needs to be burned at high temperatures, resulting in an increase in atmospheric temperature. Not only does it increase the temperature, but it also damages the atmosphere due to the release of carbon dioxide. For that reason, in 2015, countries of the G7 signed the Paris Climate Accord, in which they are to ban the use of coal by 2030 completely. In addition, Germany and the US have recently signed a treaty to eliminate the use of coal in their respective countries progressively. However, uncertainty looms over whether coal removal from wealthy countries will be enough to inhibit the 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Is banning coal and natural gas part of the problem of climate change? The answer is yes. But is it enough to decrease the speed of Earth’s increasing temperature? No. The reason is that productivity is not bound to just coal and petrol, but it also includes sand for mass production of advanced technology.
One of the indirect impacts of climate change is the global sand shortage due to its massive use in infrastructure development to the creation of microchips. The sand shortage has an adverse environmental, climatic, and developmental impact on us. We are taking sand from natural reserves (e.g., beaches) to create houses for human beings. This is the destruction of the natural environment and biodiversity, leading to higher cases of natural disasters. On top of natural disasters, climate change is making sea levels rise, thus washing sand away from natural coasts. This has increased the risk of the destruction of infrastructure, leading to a perplexing situation where we can no longer rely on natural sources such as sand to protect coastal cities.
By examining the example of the insufficient supply of sand, it has become apparent that we are no longer battling against climate change. Instead, we are fighting a more significant battle which includes creating alternative solutions to reduce our dependency on natural resources for development and everyday lifestyles. Time is ticking away while we process the consequences of human actions on the environment.
For a cleaner future, it is best that we, as a collective society, work together to combat the problem of climate change. While policymakers continue creating policies for a political outcome, we can compete against climate change by modifying our lifestyle to become less dependent on products produced from limited natural resources.
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