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Corona Virus, Flu And Climate Change: Is There A Connection?
No one will be surprised to hear that there is a worryingly wide range of problems associated with climate change. From extreme weather events to melting ice caps and the extinction of animal species - these have all been well-researched to fall somewhere in the range of ‘likely’ to ‘highly probable’. Perhaps not as obvious is the suddenly rise of the Corona virus and the flu, as a direct result of climate change. How does that even work? Let’s try to find out in this article and read the Tips & Tricks to avoid or treat Flu! Corona Virus And Climate Change: Winter And Traveling Makes People More Vurnerable New Coronavirus Can Spread Person-to-Person A new coronavirus that began sickening people in China late in 2019 can be transmitted from human to human, China’s health ministry announced last Monday. The mysterious respiratory illness emerged last month in a fish market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, and officials thought it was mostly passed from animals to humans. However, Zhong Nanshan of China's National Health Commission said two people who lived hundreds of miles away caught the virus from a family member who had visited Wuhan. Corona Virus What is the coronavirus in humans? Coronaviruses are types of viruses that typically affect the respiratory tract of mammals, including humans. They are associated with the common cold, pneumonia  and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and can also affect the gut. The current cases show there is definitely human-to-human transmission. Officials on Tuesday 21-01-2020 also announced that the virus had killed six people. The illness can cause fever, cough, difficulty breathing and pneumonia. As of late Monday, it had sickened at least 291 people, 258 in Wuhan. Fifteen health workers have also been infected, and it has now spread to various places in China, including Beijing and Shanghai. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, second right, shows visitors from Wuhan receiving health screening at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province on Jan 5. He said on Monday that a Chinese woman found infected with a new strain of coronavirus was in quarantine and being treated in Nonthaburi province. How do you catch coronavirus? Sometimes, but not often, a coronavirus can infect both animals and humans. Most coronaviruses spread the same way other cold-causing viruses do, through infected people coughing and sneezing, by touching an infected person's hands or face, or by touching things such as doorknobs that infected people have touched. The disease has also spread outside China: Two cases were diagnosed in Thailand, one in Japan, one in South Korea and one in Taiwan. The Philippines also reported a suspected case Tuesday. There are fears the disease could spread further as millions are expected to travel throughout Asia Tuesday for the Lunar New Year. Airports in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco will begin screening passengers coming from Wuhan. The new virus has raised the specter of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), another coronavirus that killed almost 800 people in 2002 and 2003. Zhong, who also helped discover SARS, said the new disease was not as infectious, but was ‘climbing’. How long does the coronavirus live? How long does the virus survive in the environment? Outdoors, the virus can usually only survive for hours or days. Indoors, in dried-up cat litter, it can survive for up to seven weeks. Corona Virus, Flu And Climate: The Corona Virus Has Been Underreported Researchers at Imperial College London also think the new virus has been severely underreported. Officials are also concerned that they do not yet know the exact source of the disease. What concerns me is the source of infection. They have no idea. That's the most important thing. At the moment, it is a bad flu. Yes, it is something to be concerned about and it is probably going to get worse in terms of infections and mortality, because it's winter. Climate Change And Flu Ironically, initial research seemed to point towards climate change actually benefitting our health. It was thought to be one of the few positives to a very negative, with fewer deaths to mourn as a result of respiratory illnesses. After all, those are common in colder areas, where flu gets to spread like a wildfire as the result of harsh winter days and poor ventilation. Warmer weather would, logically speaking, counteract this. Unfortunately, new research has cast doubt over this hypothesis. In a worrisome twist, some are now concerned that climate change could actually worsen pandemics. This has to do with the way in which viruses, including influenza and HIV, develop and spread. It has already been proven that certain strains of influenza, usually occurring in the winter, are now able to survive in warmer temperatures. Recommended:  Climate Change Causes Nature To Change: The World Affected What has also been found is that seasonal diseases like the influenza are rearing their ugly heads earlier in the year - all while being more powerful. There appears to be a strong link between warm winters and the consequent flu breakouts immediately after. Meaning, a warm winter with a mild flu season will usually trigger an earlier and more severe flu outbreak in the following year. This explains why these viruses have been found in Asia during their summer months, having been brought over by birds, who have been pushed further north by climate change and warmer winters. This allows them to come in contact with other bird species and, consequently, other forms of influenza. Together, this leads to poultry interchanging flu types and incubating new and potentially dangerous new strains. These feathered migrating creatures then hold the power of spreading these diseases over the world, with our regular influenza seeding in Southeast Asia before taking over the rest of the world in a miserable swoop during our winters. Older adults (above 65 years) According to the CDC , people aged 65 and older are at a greater risk for serious complications from the flu. This is because the immune system typically weakens with age. Flu infection can also worsen long-term health conditions, like heart disease, lung disease, and asthma. Some of this has been contributed to the changing La Niña, an increase in the intensity and frequency of this weather phenomenon, causing different flu types to converge as a result of birds and animals that are normally not found together mixing. Not only does this lead to more creatures being infected, it also moulds influenza genetic material in new combinations. We Can’t Predict How Bad 2019th Year’s Flu Season Will Be The outlook for 2019’s flu season is not particularly rosy, based on the relatively mild 2018 season and warm winters. Yet it is nearly impossible to predict until we find ourselves in the midst of the epidemic - at which point there is not much to do but sit it out. And ‘sitting it out’ can be anything from a mild nuisance to a life-threatening event. The influenza illness, or the flu in short, is characterised by a sudden onset of a high fever, chills, muscle aches, tiredness and a dry cough - symptoms that get progressively worse over the first few days. Although most people infected will not require any medical attention, there are instances where high-risk groups, including the pregnant and elderly, could suffer from very dangerous complications. {youtube}                                                                      Flu Virus 101 | National Geographic                                                            Climate Change And Flu: Is there A Connection?   In 2018, the World Health Organisation characterised that year’s flu season as pretty mild. This characterisation is made based on the speed of circulation, the seriousness, and the impact of the  disease. So, in short, how fast it spreads, how many people are hospitalised or even die, and the strain it puts on hospitals and doctors. In 2017, on the other hand, there was a pretty serious outbreak, that started early and had a serious impact on society. And it looks as if 2019 is going to follow in its footsteps. Flu, Why Is It So Hard To Predict? The problem with making predictions regarding the severity of the flu season is the fact that there are actually four different types of viruses to consider, that can be categorised in influenza types A, with subtypes H1N1pdm09 and H3N2, and B, with lineages B/Victoria and B/Yamagata. Although those at higher risk may choose to get vaccinated, these vaccinations only protect against certain of those (sub)types. What this means is that those vaccinated will not be fully covered against all types - nor will a previous infection with one type protect you against other types. Add to this that influenza viruses are in constant flux, meaning that a certain vaccine or previous infection will not grant immunity for next season’s slightly altered viruses, and it is not hard to see why flu can be such a tough opponent. Additionally, it poses a problem for tracking the specific (sub)types: hospitals and doctors generally do not collect information on the specific viruses that they come across in their practice. Not only is this process time-consuming and costly, it does not add anything of value to the treatment plan either. An unfortunate side effect is that it makes it that much harder to observe the circulation pattern of a specific virus, in turn making general flu patterns across seasons hard to predict. Flu, What’s Happening Elsewhere In The World? Not only is it hard to predict flu trends over time, it is equally hard to find trends over space. Even though increased (air) travel has made it easier for viruses to mutate and find their way across the globe, there is no consistent pattern of flu viruses travelling the globe. During the same flu season, very different viruses can dominate on different continents. Where is influenza most common? A study in 2015 looked into where influenza is most common, alongside how it spreads around the globe. While there are cases of it appearing all around the world, scientists found that it is far more prominent in the east than in the west, particularly in Southeast Asia. Even the timing can differ. Particularly in (sub)tropical areas, where there are no real winters, there can be multiple flu seasons each year, circulating at vastly different times. Some have pointed at climate or even tourism as the reason for this variation, although a causal relationship is yet to be established. It is notoriously hard to predict those kind of patterns as well, although we are slowly getting to a place where modern technologies and an increased understanding of the flu are allowing for better analysis and tracking. Yet there is still a long way to go. Definite History Of The Flu Looking back in time, though, we are certainly much more on the ball than we ever were before. We are documenting and analysing far more than our ancestors. The very first reported instances of the flu might date back to 500 BCE, with Greek historians reporting on a so-called ‘three-year plague’, that boasted symptoms much like our flu. However, descriptions were so scarce that many historians are not convinced that it actually was. What we do know is that the disease did not get its name until well in the 14th century, when the term ‘influenza’, the Italian word for ‘influence’, was coined to describe it. This ‘influence’ was contributed to either cold weather or a misalignment of stars and planets. And although many different terms have been used to describe it since, this is the one that stuck. Although the beast had been given a name, it was not until some 80 years ago that scientists actually managed to debunk the flu virus, thanks to the invention of the electron microscope. Pictures of the flu could now be made and shared, with distinctions finally made between the most prominent types. Soon after, the first influenza vaccines hit the market, including those that were capable of preventing more than one strain. As the world evolved, so did the flu and our ways of dealing with it. Unfortunately, with climate change ramping up, we are about to enter a new phase of epidemics, pandemics and the spread of diseases like the flu. Climate change might even amplify its causes and effects and lead to the creation of mutated, vaccine-resistant strains that can be equally hard to control and contain. Tips & Tricks to Avoid Colds And Flu This Winter That sounds like doom and gloom. Yet it is important to realise that there is always something that we can do about it. What is the best way of staying ahead of the flu, even in this time of climate change possibly amplifying its spread and severity? There are a few tips and tricks that will minimise your chances of contracting it. Wash hands For most of us, washing our hands is a totally normal thing to do. During flu season, you might consider doing so a bit more often. Most viruses are transmitted by air, although they can just as easily be transferred through physical contact. Once we get the disease-spreading germs on our hands, they can easily invade our bodies when we touch our eyes, mouths or noses. By frequently washing our hands with soap and drying them using clean hand towels or paper towels, it will be much harder for a virus to get a hold of us. Dress appropriately Although the concept of ‘having caught a cold’ by standing out in the literal cold has been somewhat debunked, it is still imperative to stay warm and dress appropriately during the colder seasons. Once we are cold, we tend to shiver - an action that affects our immune system, making us more susceptible to lurking viruses. Get yourself a decent sweater and coat, and don’t forget your hat, as we lose quite a bit of our body heat through our head. Avoid crowded spaces One of the preferred breeding grounds for viruses is public transportation, alongside crowded stores and poorly ventilated office buildings. Basically, small and cramped spaces in which a lot of people crowd together. Here, infections spread easily, jumping from one person to the next. The fact that central heating is blasting in most of those spaces does not help either, as this tends to weaken our natural defences and negatively affect our respiratory system. Take vitamins Vitamins are a great way of boosting your immune system. Various minerals and herbs have been proven to help us kick nasty viruses to the curb. Zinc, vitamin C and garlic have been found to reduce the frequency of colds and flu. Echinacea, a plant used by the native Americans to combat infections, is another great booster of our immune system. Taking some kind of multivitamin that includes those minerals and herbs can really do wonders in avoiding the next round of flu going around. Keep an eye on the weather Certain weather conditions have been found to be a real breeding ground for nasty germs. Especially when there are low cloud, dull and misty conditions, so when there is a lot of moist in the air, viruses tend to survive (much) longer. They will attach themselves to the water droplets, while a lack of wind will keep them around, instead of being blown away. So be wary of going outside when this kind of weather is forecast. Sleep well One of the hardest things to do in our busy lives is to ensure that we get a decent night’s sleep. Unfortunately, it is extremely important for our health: a lack of sleep has been found to be a risk factor for contracting the flu or other infections. Yet it is not just getting enough hours of sleep that matters, your state of mind also helps. If you are happy and content, this will reflect positively on your immune system. Being stressed and overworked, on the other hand, will be a sure way of catching that nasty bug going around at work. Drink plenty Drinking plenty of water is one of the most commonly given pieces of advice by doctors and medical professionals worldwide. Water will quite literally flush out all toxins and bad elements from our bodies, making it harder for any viruses to gain a foothold. And even if you find yourself having caught an infection, water will once again be your best friend, helping you to get it out of your system again as soon as possible. Exercise frequently Did you know that regular exercising will summon the so-called natural killer cells in our bodies? These little soldiers are tasked with finding and fighting all kind of invaders, making us more resistant against infections. At the same time, going on a jog or hitting the gym will be a great way of keeping our circulation going. Our bodies are simply better at dealing with any foreign threats when subjected to regular exercise. Recommended:  Getting Healthier By Eating Sustainable Food And Taking Exercise Tips & Tricks To Ease Flu Symptoms Still managed to contract a nasty flu? Then rest assured that you are not alone, as millions and millions of people are hit by this disease each year. And while there really is not much that you can do to prevent or cure it, there are some natural ways of relieving its worst symptoms. How long does it take to get over the flu? In general, healthy people usually get over a cold in 7 to 10 days. Flu symptoms, including fever, should go away after about 5 days, but you may still have a cough and feel weak a few days longer. All your symptoms should be gone within 1 to 2 weeks. Rest at home The healing power of a good nap in your own bed might even outshine that of the commonly prescribed medicines. Make sure that you cancel all and any plans that you may have, preferably for the next few days - as you are now contagious and pretty sick. Make good use of those extra hours in bed to give your ailing body some rest. Drink, drink, and drink some more! Drinking is important in preventing infections, but even if you already find yourself the unfortunate owner of a brand new strain of the flu, drinking is a great way of getting rid of it as soon as possible. It does not necessarily have to be water. If you prefer fruit juices, sports drinks or broth-based soups, they will do the trick as well. Staying hydrated does wonders for your respiratory system and will flush that bug out of your system before you know it. Fight the fever Running a fever means that your body is busy fighting this nasty invader. The best thing for you to do is help it by getting your hands on appropriate over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen, which will both lower your fever and fight the associated aches. Fight the cough While you are already in the pharmacy, you might want to pick up something for that nasty cough that has accompanied the infection. Other ways of clearing your airways and unclogging that runny nose include sitting in a hot, steamy bathroom, using a humidifier, sucking on a lozenge, or trying out a salt-based nose spray. Fighting The Flu Whether you are simply suffering from the ‘sniffles’ or a climate change activist warning against the effect that global warming will have on the flu, it is important to realise that we can do quite a bit in preventing the disease from grabbing a hold of us in the first place. The earlier tips on preventing the flu are vital in staying healthy, although the question remains whether this will sustainable in the long run. With climate change drastically changing the world as we know it, it is likely to also change the way in which we get sick. This might mean that the flu will change from something relatively innocent into something looming and potentially dangerous. New mutations and variations might spread across the world faster than ever before and create more havoc as winters get warmer and flu seasons intensify. Up to us to avoid a future where the simple common cold might actually turn into a killer epidemic. Before you go! Recommended:  Smart Sustainable Lifestyle Changing Tips & Tricks For 2019 Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about sustainability? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
No one will be surprised to hear that there is a worryingly wide range of problems associated with climate change. From extreme weather events to melting ice caps and the extinction of animal species - these have all been well-researched to fall somewhere in the range of ‘likely’ to ‘highly probable’. Perhaps not as obvious is the suddenly rise of the Corona virus and the flu, as a direct result of climate change. How does that even work? Let’s try to find out in this article and read the Tips & Tricks to avoid or treat Flu! Corona Virus And Climate Change: Winter And Traveling Makes People More Vurnerable New Coronavirus Can Spread Person-to-Person A new coronavirus that began sickening people in China late in 2019 can be transmitted from human to human, China’s health ministry announced last Monday. The mysterious respiratory illness emerged last month in a fish market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, and officials thought it was mostly passed from animals to humans. However, Zhong Nanshan of China's National Health Commission said two people who lived hundreds of miles away caught the virus from a family member who had visited Wuhan. Corona Virus What is the coronavirus in humans? Coronaviruses are types of viruses that typically affect the respiratory tract of mammals, including humans. They are associated with the common cold, pneumonia  and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and can also affect the gut. The current cases show there is definitely human-to-human transmission. Officials on Tuesday 21-01-2020 also announced that the virus had killed six people. The illness can cause fever, cough, difficulty breathing and pneumonia. As of late Monday, it had sickened at least 291 people, 258 in Wuhan. Fifteen health workers have also been infected, and it has now spread to various places in China, including Beijing and Shanghai. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, second right, shows visitors from Wuhan receiving health screening at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province on Jan 5. He said on Monday that a Chinese woman found infected with a new strain of coronavirus was in quarantine and being treated in Nonthaburi province. How do you catch coronavirus? Sometimes, but not often, a coronavirus can infect both animals and humans. Most coronaviruses spread the same way other cold-causing viruses do, through infected people coughing and sneezing, by touching an infected person's hands or face, or by touching things such as doorknobs that infected people have touched. The disease has also spread outside China: Two cases were diagnosed in Thailand, one in Japan, one in South Korea and one in Taiwan. The Philippines also reported a suspected case Tuesday. There are fears the disease could spread further as millions are expected to travel throughout Asia Tuesday for the Lunar New Year. Airports in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco will begin screening passengers coming from Wuhan. The new virus has raised the specter of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), another coronavirus that killed almost 800 people in 2002 and 2003. Zhong, who also helped discover SARS, said the new disease was not as infectious, but was ‘climbing’. How long does the coronavirus live? How long does the virus survive in the environment? Outdoors, the virus can usually only survive for hours or days. Indoors, in dried-up cat litter, it can survive for up to seven weeks. Corona Virus, Flu And Climate: The Corona Virus Has Been Underreported Researchers at Imperial College London also think the new virus has been severely underreported. Officials are also concerned that they do not yet know the exact source of the disease. What concerns me is the source of infection. They have no idea. That's the most important thing. At the moment, it is a bad flu. Yes, it is something to be concerned about and it is probably going to get worse in terms of infections and mortality, because it's winter. Climate Change And Flu Ironically, initial research seemed to point towards climate change actually benefitting our health. It was thought to be one of the few positives to a very negative, with fewer deaths to mourn as a result of respiratory illnesses. After all, those are common in colder areas, where flu gets to spread like a wildfire as the result of harsh winter days and poor ventilation. Warmer weather would, logically speaking, counteract this. Unfortunately, new research has cast doubt over this hypothesis. In a worrisome twist, some are now concerned that climate change could actually worsen pandemics. This has to do with the way in which viruses, including influenza and HIV, develop and spread. It has already been proven that certain strains of influenza, usually occurring in the winter, are now able to survive in warmer temperatures. Recommended:  Climate Change Causes Nature To Change: The World Affected What has also been found is that seasonal diseases like the influenza are rearing their ugly heads earlier in the year - all while being more powerful. There appears to be a strong link between warm winters and the consequent flu breakouts immediately after. Meaning, a warm winter with a mild flu season will usually trigger an earlier and more severe flu outbreak in the following year. This explains why these viruses have been found in Asia during their summer months, having been brought over by birds, who have been pushed further north by climate change and warmer winters. This allows them to come in contact with other bird species and, consequently, other forms of influenza. Together, this leads to poultry interchanging flu types and incubating new and potentially dangerous new strains. These feathered migrating creatures then hold the power of spreading these diseases over the world, with our regular influenza seeding in Southeast Asia before taking over the rest of the world in a miserable swoop during our winters. Older adults (above 65 years) According to the CDC , people aged 65 and older are at a greater risk for serious complications from the flu. This is because the immune system typically weakens with age. Flu infection can also worsen long-term health conditions, like heart disease, lung disease, and asthma. Some of this has been contributed to the changing La Niña, an increase in the intensity and frequency of this weather phenomenon, causing different flu types to converge as a result of birds and animals that are normally not found together mixing. Not only does this lead to more creatures being infected, it also moulds influenza genetic material in new combinations. We Can’t Predict How Bad 2019th Year’s Flu Season Will Be The outlook for 2019’s flu season is not particularly rosy, based on the relatively mild 2018 season and warm winters. Yet it is nearly impossible to predict until we find ourselves in the midst of the epidemic - at which point there is not much to do but sit it out. And ‘sitting it out’ can be anything from a mild nuisance to a life-threatening event. The influenza illness, or the flu in short, is characterised by a sudden onset of a high fever, chills, muscle aches, tiredness and a dry cough - symptoms that get progressively worse over the first few days. Although most people infected will not require any medical attention, there are instances where high-risk groups, including the pregnant and elderly, could suffer from very dangerous complications. {youtube}                                                                      Flu Virus 101 | National Geographic                                                            Climate Change And Flu: Is there A Connection?   In 2018, the World Health Organisation characterised that year’s flu season as pretty mild. This characterisation is made based on the speed of circulation, the seriousness, and the impact of the  disease. So, in short, how fast it spreads, how many people are hospitalised or even die, and the strain it puts on hospitals and doctors. In 2017, on the other hand, there was a pretty serious outbreak, that started early and had a serious impact on society. And it looks as if 2019 is going to follow in its footsteps. Flu, Why Is It So Hard To Predict? The problem with making predictions regarding the severity of the flu season is the fact that there are actually four different types of viruses to consider, that can be categorised in influenza types A, with subtypes H1N1pdm09 and H3N2, and B, with lineages B/Victoria and B/Yamagata. Although those at higher risk may choose to get vaccinated, these vaccinations only protect against certain of those (sub)types. What this means is that those vaccinated will not be fully covered against all types - nor will a previous infection with one type protect you against other types. Add to this that influenza viruses are in constant flux, meaning that a certain vaccine or previous infection will not grant immunity for next season’s slightly altered viruses, and it is not hard to see why flu can be such a tough opponent. Additionally, it poses a problem for tracking the specific (sub)types: hospitals and doctors generally do not collect information on the specific viruses that they come across in their practice. Not only is this process time-consuming and costly, it does not add anything of value to the treatment plan either. An unfortunate side effect is that it makes it that much harder to observe the circulation pattern of a specific virus, in turn making general flu patterns across seasons hard to predict. Flu, What’s Happening Elsewhere In The World? Not only is it hard to predict flu trends over time, it is equally hard to find trends over space. Even though increased (air) travel has made it easier for viruses to mutate and find their way across the globe, there is no consistent pattern of flu viruses travelling the globe. During the same flu season, very different viruses can dominate on different continents. Where is influenza most common? A study in 2015 looked into where influenza is most common, alongside how it spreads around the globe. While there are cases of it appearing all around the world, scientists found that it is far more prominent in the east than in the west, particularly in Southeast Asia. Even the timing can differ. Particularly in (sub)tropical areas, where there are no real winters, there can be multiple flu seasons each year, circulating at vastly different times. Some have pointed at climate or even tourism as the reason for this variation, although a causal relationship is yet to be established. It is notoriously hard to predict those kind of patterns as well, although we are slowly getting to a place where modern technologies and an increased understanding of the flu are allowing for better analysis and tracking. Yet there is still a long way to go. Definite History Of The Flu Looking back in time, though, we are certainly much more on the ball than we ever were before. We are documenting and analysing far more than our ancestors. The very first reported instances of the flu might date back to 500 BCE, with Greek historians reporting on a so-called ‘three-year plague’, that boasted symptoms much like our flu. However, descriptions were so scarce that many historians are not convinced that it actually was. What we do know is that the disease did not get its name until well in the 14th century, when the term ‘influenza’, the Italian word for ‘influence’, was coined to describe it. This ‘influence’ was contributed to either cold weather or a misalignment of stars and planets. And although many different terms have been used to describe it since, this is the one that stuck. Although the beast had been given a name, it was not until some 80 years ago that scientists actually managed to debunk the flu virus, thanks to the invention of the electron microscope. Pictures of the flu could now be made and shared, with distinctions finally made between the most prominent types. Soon after, the first influenza vaccines hit the market, including those that were capable of preventing more than one strain. As the world evolved, so did the flu and our ways of dealing with it. Unfortunately, with climate change ramping up, we are about to enter a new phase of epidemics, pandemics and the spread of diseases like the flu. Climate change might even amplify its causes and effects and lead to the creation of mutated, vaccine-resistant strains that can be equally hard to control and contain. Tips & Tricks to Avoid Colds And Flu This Winter That sounds like doom and gloom. Yet it is important to realise that there is always something that we can do about it. What is the best way of staying ahead of the flu, even in this time of climate change possibly amplifying its spread and severity? There are a few tips and tricks that will minimise your chances of contracting it. Wash hands For most of us, washing our hands is a totally normal thing to do. During flu season, you might consider doing so a bit more often. Most viruses are transmitted by air, although they can just as easily be transferred through physical contact. Once we get the disease-spreading germs on our hands, they can easily invade our bodies when we touch our eyes, mouths or noses. By frequently washing our hands with soap and drying them using clean hand towels or paper towels, it will be much harder for a virus to get a hold of us. Dress appropriately Although the concept of ‘having caught a cold’ by standing out in the literal cold has been somewhat debunked, it is still imperative to stay warm and dress appropriately during the colder seasons. Once we are cold, we tend to shiver - an action that affects our immune system, making us more susceptible to lurking viruses. Get yourself a decent sweater and coat, and don’t forget your hat, as we lose quite a bit of our body heat through our head. Avoid crowded spaces One of the preferred breeding grounds for viruses is public transportation, alongside crowded stores and poorly ventilated office buildings. Basically, small and cramped spaces in which a lot of people crowd together. Here, infections spread easily, jumping from one person to the next. The fact that central heating is blasting in most of those spaces does not help either, as this tends to weaken our natural defences and negatively affect our respiratory system. Take vitamins Vitamins are a great way of boosting your immune system. Various minerals and herbs have been proven to help us kick nasty viruses to the curb. Zinc, vitamin C and garlic have been found to reduce the frequency of colds and flu. Echinacea, a plant used by the native Americans to combat infections, is another great booster of our immune system. Taking some kind of multivitamin that includes those minerals and herbs can really do wonders in avoiding the next round of flu going around. Keep an eye on the weather Certain weather conditions have been found to be a real breeding ground for nasty germs. Especially when there are low cloud, dull and misty conditions, so when there is a lot of moist in the air, viruses tend to survive (much) longer. They will attach themselves to the water droplets, while a lack of wind will keep them around, instead of being blown away. So be wary of going outside when this kind of weather is forecast. Sleep well One of the hardest things to do in our busy lives is to ensure that we get a decent night’s sleep. Unfortunately, it is extremely important for our health: a lack of sleep has been found to be a risk factor for contracting the flu or other infections. Yet it is not just getting enough hours of sleep that matters, your state of mind also helps. If you are happy and content, this will reflect positively on your immune system. Being stressed and overworked, on the other hand, will be a sure way of catching that nasty bug going around at work. Drink plenty Drinking plenty of water is one of the most commonly given pieces of advice by doctors and medical professionals worldwide. Water will quite literally flush out all toxins and bad elements from our bodies, making it harder for any viruses to gain a foothold. And even if you find yourself having caught an infection, water will once again be your best friend, helping you to get it out of your system again as soon as possible. Exercise frequently Did you know that regular exercising will summon the so-called natural killer cells in our bodies? These little soldiers are tasked with finding and fighting all kind of invaders, making us more resistant against infections. At the same time, going on a jog or hitting the gym will be a great way of keeping our circulation going. Our bodies are simply better at dealing with any foreign threats when subjected to regular exercise. Recommended:  Getting Healthier By Eating Sustainable Food And Taking Exercise Tips & Tricks To Ease Flu Symptoms Still managed to contract a nasty flu? Then rest assured that you are not alone, as millions and millions of people are hit by this disease each year. And while there really is not much that you can do to prevent or cure it, there are some natural ways of relieving its worst symptoms. How long does it take to get over the flu? In general, healthy people usually get over a cold in 7 to 10 days. Flu symptoms, including fever, should go away after about 5 days, but you may still have a cough and feel weak a few days longer. All your symptoms should be gone within 1 to 2 weeks. Rest at home The healing power of a good nap in your own bed might even outshine that of the commonly prescribed medicines. Make sure that you cancel all and any plans that you may have, preferably for the next few days - as you are now contagious and pretty sick. Make good use of those extra hours in bed to give your ailing body some rest. Drink, drink, and drink some more! Drinking is important in preventing infections, but even if you already find yourself the unfortunate owner of a brand new strain of the flu, drinking is a great way of getting rid of it as soon as possible. It does not necessarily have to be water. If you prefer fruit juices, sports drinks or broth-based soups, they will do the trick as well. Staying hydrated does wonders for your respiratory system and will flush that bug out of your system before you know it. Fight the fever Running a fever means that your body is busy fighting this nasty invader. The best thing for you to do is help it by getting your hands on appropriate over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen, which will both lower your fever and fight the associated aches. Fight the cough While you are already in the pharmacy, you might want to pick up something for that nasty cough that has accompanied the infection. Other ways of clearing your airways and unclogging that runny nose include sitting in a hot, steamy bathroom, using a humidifier, sucking on a lozenge, or trying out a salt-based nose spray. Fighting The Flu Whether you are simply suffering from the ‘sniffles’ or a climate change activist warning against the effect that global warming will have on the flu, it is important to realise that we can do quite a bit in preventing the disease from grabbing a hold of us in the first place. The earlier tips on preventing the flu are vital in staying healthy, although the question remains whether this will sustainable in the long run. With climate change drastically changing the world as we know it, it is likely to also change the way in which we get sick. This might mean that the flu will change from something relatively innocent into something looming and potentially dangerous. New mutations and variations might spread across the world faster than ever before and create more havoc as winters get warmer and flu seasons intensify. Up to us to avoid a future where the simple common cold might actually turn into a killer epidemic. Before you go! Recommended:  Smart Sustainable Lifestyle Changing Tips & Tricks For 2019 Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about sustainability? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Corona Virus, Flu And Climate Change: Is There A Connection?
Bushfires Australia Generate Their Own Weather
The bushfires in Australia are now so big that they are generating their own weather, in the form of giant thunderstorms that start more fires, according to the Bureau of Meteorology in Victoria. Bushfires Generate Their Own Weather Breaking News...Recommended:   Taal Volcano: Hazardous Eruption Feared. What Is The Future? Pyro-cumulonimbus clouds have developed to altitudes over 16km in East Gippsland this afternoon. These fire-induced storms can spread fires through lightning, lofting of embers and generation of severe wind outflows. Intense fires generate smoke, obviously. But their heat can also create a localised updraft powerful enough to create its own changes in the atmosphere above. Recommended:  Wildfires Globally: Australia, America, Africa, The Arctic, Siberia As the heat and smoke rise, the cloud plume can cool off, generating a large, puffy cloud full of potential rain. The plume can also scatter embers and hot ash over a wider area. Eventually, water droplets in the cloud condense, generating a downburst of rain – maybe. But the ‘front’ between the calm air outside the fire zone and a pyro cumulonimbus storm cloud is so sharp that it also generates lightning and that can start new fires. If powerful enough, a pyro cumulonimbus storm can generate a fire tornado, which happened during the Canberra bushfires in 2003. Why do Pyrocumulus clouds rise above the smoke? This moisture then accumulates on smoke particles and rapidly condenses as it rises. Pyrocumulus clouds are more commonly seen above volcanic eruptions, which produce lots of steam. If you've ever seen an evil-looking cloud creating dry lightning above a volcano, that's a pyrocumulus cloud. Scientists worry that ‘pyroCbs’ are on the rise around the world, driven by warmer temperatures and more intense fires. Their plumes are so strong that they can even shoot smoke into the stratosphere, 6 to 30 miles (10 to 50 kilometres) above the Earth's surface. Bushfires Australia Generate Their Own Weather. Time lapse of a pyro cumulonimbus storm in action What types of clouds are associated with wildfires? Simply put, it is a cumulus cloud that is formed by hot air and smoke being released into the sky, usually during volcanic eruptions, or in Australia’s case, by wildfires. The clouds are usually gray, black or brown Smoke From Bushfires In Australia Has Spread To South America Smoke particles from bushfires in Australia have reached South America, in a striking illustration of the intensity of the unprecedented blazes. Satellites show atmospheric pollution created by the fires across New South Wales and Queensland has travelled more than 10,000 kilometres to Chile and Argentina. Researchers at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in Reading, UK, found a plume of carbon monoxide and aerosols trailing across the Pacific Ocean to South America. Recommended:  Brazil Is Burning For Your Beef: Amazon’s Nature, Our Luxury More pollution will follow, judging from the situation in Australia. From satellite imagery there’s thick smoke coming out of New South Wales, so more will be being pumped out, meaning a train of pollution going across the south Pacific, will follow the jet stream. What is jet stream in geography? A jet stream is defined as a current of rapidly moving air that is usually several thousand miles long and wide but is relatively thin. They are found in the upper levels of Earth's atmosphere at the tropopause - the boundary between the troposphere and stratosphere (see atmospheric layers). While it is relatively unusual for pollution to travel so far, studies have shown Australia’s deadly 2009 “Black Saturday” fires released materials that travelled a similar distance. Only trace amounts of Australian pollution hitting South America have been recorded today by satellites, with carbon monoxide levels of 80 to 100 parts per billion. Anything above 110ppb is considered polluted air. Australia’s deadly 2009 'Black Saturday' fires However, it is unlikely the pollution will affect local air quality in South America  which has experienced its own serious forest fires this year since the material is around 5 kilometres up in the atmosphere and likely to stay there. If the air comes down and reaches the surface it could add an extra bit on top of local air quality issues. Recommended:  Amazon’s Fires, Madonna And DiCaprio: Questions & Answers Instead, the significance of the pollution reaching so far is what it tells us about the power of the fires in Australia. It’s reflecting the sheer intensity of the fires, particularly in New South Wales. Smoke From Bushfires In Australia Reach New Zealand Across the Tasman Sea, smoke from the wildfires are posing a new threat to New Zealand’s white glaciers, turning them black and staining snow brown. Social media posts from tourists and helicopter services from the Franz Josef and Tasman glaciers show 'caramelised' snow and smoke-shrouded views. A climber who posted a video from the top of the Tasman glacier added: “We can actually smell the burning here in Christchurch.” Ash from the smoke could accelerate melting snow on the glaciers, which already face a climate disaster of their own. The whiteness of snow and ice reflects the sun’s heat and slows melting, but as ash and dust settle on the snow, it absorbs more heat and melts at a faster rate. How does the albedo effect work? The albedo effect. Light surfaces reflect more heat than dark surfaces. This is called the albedo effect. When the Earth's temperature dropped because of its position in orbit around the Sun, and the tilt of the axis, the ice sheets grew. Over 3,000 glaciers in New Zealand are quickly disappearing due to global warming and many could completely melt away by the end of the century. If the ash stays on the surface then it will certainly enhance melt. If fire frequency, ash and dust transport increase, there is a chance that this will hasten the demise of New Zealand’s glaciers. Recommended:  Climate Change And Its Effects Like Droughts: The Heat Is On Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about bush fires or climate change? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
The bushfires in Australia are now so big that they are generating their own weather, in the form of giant thunderstorms that start more fires, according to the Bureau of Meteorology in Victoria. Bushfires Generate Their Own Weather Breaking News...Recommended:   Taal Volcano: Hazardous Eruption Feared. What Is The Future? Pyro-cumulonimbus clouds have developed to altitudes over 16km in East Gippsland this afternoon. These fire-induced storms can spread fires through lightning, lofting of embers and generation of severe wind outflows. Intense fires generate smoke, obviously. But their heat can also create a localised updraft powerful enough to create its own changes in the atmosphere above. Recommended:  Wildfires Globally: Australia, America, Africa, The Arctic, Siberia As the heat and smoke rise, the cloud plume can cool off, generating a large, puffy cloud full of potential rain. The plume can also scatter embers and hot ash over a wider area. Eventually, water droplets in the cloud condense, generating a downburst of rain – maybe. But the ‘front’ between the calm air outside the fire zone and a pyro cumulonimbus storm cloud is so sharp that it also generates lightning and that can start new fires. If powerful enough, a pyro cumulonimbus storm can generate a fire tornado, which happened during the Canberra bushfires in 2003. Why do Pyrocumulus clouds rise above the smoke? This moisture then accumulates on smoke particles and rapidly condenses as it rises. Pyrocumulus clouds are more commonly seen above volcanic eruptions, which produce lots of steam. If you've ever seen an evil-looking cloud creating dry lightning above a volcano, that's a pyrocumulus cloud. Scientists worry that ‘pyroCbs’ are on the rise around the world, driven by warmer temperatures and more intense fires. Their plumes are so strong that they can even shoot smoke into the stratosphere, 6 to 30 miles (10 to 50 kilometres) above the Earth's surface. Bushfires Australia Generate Their Own Weather. Time lapse of a pyro cumulonimbus storm in action What types of clouds are associated with wildfires? Simply put, it is a cumulus cloud that is formed by hot air and smoke being released into the sky, usually during volcanic eruptions, or in Australia’s case, by wildfires. The clouds are usually gray, black or brown Smoke From Bushfires In Australia Has Spread To South America Smoke particles from bushfires in Australia have reached South America, in a striking illustration of the intensity of the unprecedented blazes. Satellites show atmospheric pollution created by the fires across New South Wales and Queensland has travelled more than 10,000 kilometres to Chile and Argentina. Researchers at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in Reading, UK, found a plume of carbon monoxide and aerosols trailing across the Pacific Ocean to South America. Recommended:  Brazil Is Burning For Your Beef: Amazon’s Nature, Our Luxury More pollution will follow, judging from the situation in Australia. From satellite imagery there’s thick smoke coming out of New South Wales, so more will be being pumped out, meaning a train of pollution going across the south Pacific, will follow the jet stream. What is jet stream in geography? A jet stream is defined as a current of rapidly moving air that is usually several thousand miles long and wide but is relatively thin. They are found in the upper levels of Earth's atmosphere at the tropopause - the boundary between the troposphere and stratosphere (see atmospheric layers). While it is relatively unusual for pollution to travel so far, studies have shown Australia’s deadly 2009 “Black Saturday” fires released materials that travelled a similar distance. Only trace amounts of Australian pollution hitting South America have been recorded today by satellites, with carbon monoxide levels of 80 to 100 parts per billion. Anything above 110ppb is considered polluted air. Australia’s deadly 2009 'Black Saturday' fires However, it is unlikely the pollution will affect local air quality in South America  which has experienced its own serious forest fires this year since the material is around 5 kilometres up in the atmosphere and likely to stay there. If the air comes down and reaches the surface it could add an extra bit on top of local air quality issues. Recommended:  Amazon’s Fires, Madonna And DiCaprio: Questions & Answers Instead, the significance of the pollution reaching so far is what it tells us about the power of the fires in Australia. It’s reflecting the sheer intensity of the fires, particularly in New South Wales. Smoke From Bushfires In Australia Reach New Zealand Across the Tasman Sea, smoke from the wildfires are posing a new threat to New Zealand’s white glaciers, turning them black and staining snow brown. Social media posts from tourists and helicopter services from the Franz Josef and Tasman glaciers show 'caramelised' snow and smoke-shrouded views. A climber who posted a video from the top of the Tasman glacier added: “We can actually smell the burning here in Christchurch.” Ash from the smoke could accelerate melting snow on the glaciers, which already face a climate disaster of their own. The whiteness of snow and ice reflects the sun’s heat and slows melting, but as ash and dust settle on the snow, it absorbs more heat and melts at a faster rate. How does the albedo effect work? The albedo effect. Light surfaces reflect more heat than dark surfaces. This is called the albedo effect. When the Earth's temperature dropped because of its position in orbit around the Sun, and the tilt of the axis, the ice sheets grew. Over 3,000 glaciers in New Zealand are quickly disappearing due to global warming and many could completely melt away by the end of the century. If the ash stays on the surface then it will certainly enhance melt. If fire frequency, ash and dust transport increase, there is a chance that this will hasten the demise of New Zealand’s glaciers. Recommended:  Climate Change And Its Effects Like Droughts: The Heat Is On Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about bush fires or climate change? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Bushfires Australia Generate Their Own Weather
Bushfires Australia Generate Their Own Weather
Amazon Water War: Fires, Hydro Dams, Climate Change S.O.S.
The Amazon has long served as one of the world’s final frontiers. It covers well over 7 million square meters, largely comprised of rainforest. The vast size and the unfriendly terrain have led to portions of it still being uncharted, with entire indigenous tribes having only recently been discovered. This has led to an air of mysticism surrounding the region, serving as an active magnet in attracting adventure seekers from all around the world. Amazon Water War All the more reason why it is such a shame that this precious land is disappearing as we speak. Thousands and thousands are suffering directly from the development projects currently being executed in the Amazon. And in a few years, all of us around the world will be suffering from the loss as well.   Why, you ask? There are some key developments that have put the future of the world’s largest rainforest at stake, along with the people, animals and plants that live in it. Some of these developments are initiated by Brazil, the country with the largest share of Amazon land, while others are indeed a truly global effort. Eventually, companies from all over the world will have a hand in the destruction of this glorious piece of nature’s glory. Brazil Belo Monte Dam. Flooding Of Altamira Town And Displacement (2015) Altamira on the Xingu River, a staging area for the controversial Belo Monte hydroelectric project now nearing completion. Long time residents lament the loss of the forests and grittiness of the town. One person who has made it their personal mission to stop this from happening, is Antonia Melo. This impressive lady was born in 1949 and has spent a considerable amount of her life in the Xingu Alive Forever Movement, a coalition of organisations and social movements that are fighting the construction of the Belo Monte dam. Her movement has rallied churches, schools, communities and NGOs in an effort to stop the Belo Monte from being built. This construction project will have far-reaching consequences for the town of Altamira, which will be flooded if the dam is finished. It is not surprising that the locals are speaking out against their forced displacement. Projects like the Belo Monte are at the heart of the issue, showing everything that is wrong with the governmental treatment of the Amazon. Indigenous and non-indigenous communities alike will feel the consequences of this profit-driven decision. The Belo Monte project has been flawed with illegality and prosperous mismanagement, from the unlawful blocking of the river up to the failure to implement health services and the forgoing of demarcation of indigenous lands.   Dismolishing, flooding of Altamira Town and displacement Ultimately, nature and local communities will be hit the hardest by this blatant display of governmental greed. The indigenous people will lose their access to clean drinking water and fishing waters, while the 400+ islands lost represent a disastrous loss of ecosystems, not to mention a drastic hit to the local economy. Recommended:  Asia’s Water War: China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam Brazils Amazon Dams Risk Destroying Heart Of The Amazon (2016) The Belo Monte dam is not an isolated case. Across the Amazon, there are dozens of major dam projects underway that will irrevocably and irreparably harm its natural glory. Anyone arguing that the economic benefits to this are worth the loss of land and the negative impact that it will have on indigenous people will be hard pressed to find arguments to back up this claim. Just look at the multitude of dams occupying the Tapajós river, which have been hailed by the Brazilian government as the solution to the country’s pressing electricity shortages. They go a long way in fulfilling the country’s ambition to increase their hydropower capacity by 25 gigawatt, while simultaneously leading to the construction of a major waterway that will serve as the highway for the country’s export of soy and crops to Europe. While this sounds like a great plan, the downside is considerable. There is much debate regarding the amount of energy that these dams will actually generate, while the ecological effects are significant. It will flood acres and acres of valuable forest lands, destroying millions of trees and opening the way for major exploitation projects.   Similarly, a project setting out to build the sixth largest hydroelectric dam in the world - the 8,000 megawatt São Luiz do Tapajós dam - will completely obliterate the land of the Munduruku people, once again flooding a considerable amount of the rainforest. Not just dangerous for the Munduruku people, but also for the rest of us, all around the world. Without wanting to sound obnoxious: these rainforests truly are the lungs of the world. A member of the Munduruku indigenous group. The Munduruku people, with a population of 12,000, have lived in the region for centuries. They have been resisting hydropower developments on tributaries of the Tapajós for decades The Munduruku and other people impacted by the construction of dams in the Tapajós river have called out the authorities for their blatant disrespect for nature. Unfortunately it looks as if they are not to be swayed, now that various international companies and banks have expressed their interest in projects like the São Luiz do Tapajós dam. {youtube}                                                           Stand for the Amazon - Keep Tapajós Alive                                            Amazon Water War: Fires, Hydro Dams, Climate Change S.O.S. Recommended:  Water War Between India, Pakistan: Kashmir and Jammu Not a Single Drop More of Indigenous Blood (October, November 2019) As we speak, a group of Brazilian indigenous leaders is taking matters in their own hands. They will attempt to defend the rights of their people and territory by visiting a dozen European countries, starting in Italy and ending in Spain, via Germany, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Here, they will shed light on the violations and crimes committed by the Brazilian government, and most notably its highly controversial president Jair Bolsonaro.   Recommended: Indigenous Blood: Not a Single Drop More These leaders include Sonia Guajajara, Nara Baré, Alberto Terena, Angela Kaxuyana, Celia   Xakriabá, Dinamam Tuxá, Elizeu Guarani Kaiowá, and Kretã Kaingang. Every single one of them impressive human beings, who want to establish a dialogue and gain the support of European citizens. Eventually, they hope to kickstart real political action, and highlight the violations of human rights in the region.   Sonia Guajajara By making people, companies and governments aware of the actual circumstances under which goods are produced, they are hoping to call a halt to the growing investments in the region. This is a very important issue, as data from an APIB report published back in April shows that companies from the United States and Europe are most definitely complicit in the destruction of the Amazon. Under the stress of increasing competition, rising demand and falling prices, we are looking at the ugly face of global trade rearing its head. This has now led to blatant ignorance and borderline criminal activities taking place in one of the world’s most sacred places. In the past, it has even led to the armed invasion of indigenous lands in order to exploit their natural riches. Alberto Terena Even criminal organisations and networks are playing a part in the deforestation and wildfires in the Amazon. With the impactful changes in policy made by president Bolsonaro, which have mainly served to loosen environmental regulations, illegal logging and other forms of exploitation of the land have taken flight. Once again, those living in the forest are suffering most from those often violent attacks on their land. The word ‘genocide’ has even been coined to describe this effect. Angela Kaxuyana in the middle A shame, knowing that those indigenous people might play an important role in combatting global climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has actually credited those communities as being the ‘guardians of the forest’, with their sustainable practices and extensive knowledge of the land serving as the guiding principle for meaningful climate change action. Recommended:  Climate Change: Water Scarcity, Hunger, Agriculture And Food Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam In The Amazon Poorly Planned (Nov 2019) Coming back to the controversial Belo Monte dam example mentioned at the beginning of this article, the one that Antonia Melo and her people are fighting hard to prevent. It is not just the matter of preventing the flooding of Altamira town that should bother you. There is a critical flaw in the design of this massive hydroelectric project, one that could potentially threaten human life and global ecosystems in one go. Insider documents and expert testimonies have indicated that the dam’s engineers may have underestimated the undeniable impact that water shortages will have on the Pimental dam, that is currently serving as a downstream barrier. Now, a choice will have to be made between a structural weakening of the dam or the reallocation of water in the reservoir or on the Xingu river. The latter solution will have a major impact on the indigenous communities who live here and rely on the water for their livelihood.   There is a significant risk of the dam rupturing, something so alarming that it has led to federal prosecutors calling for a suspension of the project and emergency aid for those living in the fishing villages that are now faced with a major decline in fish, their main source of food and income. Despite all of this, the dam is still scheduled to open this month, having cost a measly €9.3 billion thus far. While the last of its 18 turbines is being installed, the low water levels in the reservoirs have highlighted those structural problems. A section of the Pimental dam downstream has been exposed, unveiling its incapacity of dealing with major waves that might occur now that the Belo Monte dam is completed. Deforestation at Belo Monte Those living downstream of the dam are rightfully worried, with recent dam disasters in Brumadinho and Mariana still fresh in the collective memory. As of yet, the Brazilian government has not committed to any remedial action or acknowledgement of the risk to the public.   Recommended:  Water War Brewing Over New River Nile Dam: Egypt, Ethiopia Save The Amazon, Save The World It is once again testament to the unwillingness of Brazilian leaders and, indeed, world leaders to take action to save the Amazon. Paradoxically, the Amazon might just be what saves us, provided that it is well taken care of. Now that this appears to be unlikely, we will be facing increasing deforestation, as well as a disastrous loss of valuable ecosystems and a general decline of biodiversity.   The Belo Monte dam actually serves as the personification of everything that is wrong with our management of the Amazon. Fuelled by corporate greed and political games, the project has been pushed through - despite obvious and pressing concerns for both human life and biodiversity. The loss of valuable nature has been deemed acceptable, while construction errors have made it obvious that the project is a big mistake. Yet this will most likely be ignored - consequences for the people living downstream be damned.   A better metaphor for global environmental policies will be difficult to find. Support, Support, Support: Amazon Watch Before you go! Recommended:  Brazil Is Burning For Your Beef: Amazon’s Nature, Our Luxury Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about the Amazon, Hydro Electric Dams or Climate Change? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
The Amazon has long served as one of the world’s final frontiers. It covers well over 7 million square meters, largely comprised of rainforest. The vast size and the unfriendly terrain have led to portions of it still being uncharted, with entire indigenous tribes having only recently been discovered. This has led to an air of mysticism surrounding the region, serving as an active magnet in attracting adventure seekers from all around the world. Amazon Water War All the more reason why it is such a shame that this precious land is disappearing as we speak. Thousands and thousands are suffering directly from the development projects currently being executed in the Amazon. And in a few years, all of us around the world will be suffering from the loss as well.   Why, you ask? There are some key developments that have put the future of the world’s largest rainforest at stake, along with the people, animals and plants that live in it. Some of these developments are initiated by Brazil, the country with the largest share of Amazon land, while others are indeed a truly global effort. Eventually, companies from all over the world will have a hand in the destruction of this glorious piece of nature’s glory. Brazil Belo Monte Dam. Flooding Of Altamira Town And Displacement (2015) Altamira on the Xingu River, a staging area for the controversial Belo Monte hydroelectric project now nearing completion. Long time residents lament the loss of the forests and grittiness of the town. One person who has made it their personal mission to stop this from happening, is Antonia Melo. This impressive lady was born in 1949 and has spent a considerable amount of her life in the Xingu Alive Forever Movement, a coalition of organisations and social movements that are fighting the construction of the Belo Monte dam. Her movement has rallied churches, schools, communities and NGOs in an effort to stop the Belo Monte from being built. This construction project will have far-reaching consequences for the town of Altamira, which will be flooded if the dam is finished. It is not surprising that the locals are speaking out against their forced displacement. Projects like the Belo Monte are at the heart of the issue, showing everything that is wrong with the governmental treatment of the Amazon. Indigenous and non-indigenous communities alike will feel the consequences of this profit-driven decision. The Belo Monte project has been flawed with illegality and prosperous mismanagement, from the unlawful blocking of the river up to the failure to implement health services and the forgoing of demarcation of indigenous lands.   Dismolishing, flooding of Altamira Town and displacement Ultimately, nature and local communities will be hit the hardest by this blatant display of governmental greed. The indigenous people will lose their access to clean drinking water and fishing waters, while the 400+ islands lost represent a disastrous loss of ecosystems, not to mention a drastic hit to the local economy. Recommended:  Asia’s Water War: China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam Brazils Amazon Dams Risk Destroying Heart Of The Amazon (2016) The Belo Monte dam is not an isolated case. Across the Amazon, there are dozens of major dam projects underway that will irrevocably and irreparably harm its natural glory. Anyone arguing that the economic benefits to this are worth the loss of land and the negative impact that it will have on indigenous people will be hard pressed to find arguments to back up this claim. Just look at the multitude of dams occupying the Tapajós river, which have been hailed by the Brazilian government as the solution to the country’s pressing electricity shortages. They go a long way in fulfilling the country’s ambition to increase their hydropower capacity by 25 gigawatt, while simultaneously leading to the construction of a major waterway that will serve as the highway for the country’s export of soy and crops to Europe. While this sounds like a great plan, the downside is considerable. There is much debate regarding the amount of energy that these dams will actually generate, while the ecological effects are significant. It will flood acres and acres of valuable forest lands, destroying millions of trees and opening the way for major exploitation projects.   Similarly, a project setting out to build the sixth largest hydroelectric dam in the world - the 8,000 megawatt São Luiz do Tapajós dam - will completely obliterate the land of the Munduruku people, once again flooding a considerable amount of the rainforest. Not just dangerous for the Munduruku people, but also for the rest of us, all around the world. Without wanting to sound obnoxious: these rainforests truly are the lungs of the world. A member of the Munduruku indigenous group. The Munduruku people, with a population of 12,000, have lived in the region for centuries. They have been resisting hydropower developments on tributaries of the Tapajós for decades The Munduruku and other people impacted by the construction of dams in the Tapajós river have called out the authorities for their blatant disrespect for nature. Unfortunately it looks as if they are not to be swayed, now that various international companies and banks have expressed their interest in projects like the São Luiz do Tapajós dam. {youtube}                                                           Stand for the Amazon - Keep Tapajós Alive                                            Amazon Water War: Fires, Hydro Dams, Climate Change S.O.S. Recommended:  Water War Between India, Pakistan: Kashmir and Jammu Not a Single Drop More of Indigenous Blood (October, November 2019) As we speak, a group of Brazilian indigenous leaders is taking matters in their own hands. They will attempt to defend the rights of their people and territory by visiting a dozen European countries, starting in Italy and ending in Spain, via Germany, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Here, they will shed light on the violations and crimes committed by the Brazilian government, and most notably its highly controversial president Jair Bolsonaro.   Recommended: Indigenous Blood: Not a Single Drop More These leaders include Sonia Guajajara, Nara Baré, Alberto Terena, Angela Kaxuyana, Celia   Xakriabá, Dinamam Tuxá, Elizeu Guarani Kaiowá, and Kretã Kaingang. Every single one of them impressive human beings, who want to establish a dialogue and gain the support of European citizens. Eventually, they hope to kickstart real political action, and highlight the violations of human rights in the region.   Sonia Guajajara By making people, companies and governments aware of the actual circumstances under which goods are produced, they are hoping to call a halt to the growing investments in the region. This is a very important issue, as data from an APIB report published back in April shows that companies from the United States and Europe are most definitely complicit in the destruction of the Amazon. Under the stress of increasing competition, rising demand and falling prices, we are looking at the ugly face of global trade rearing its head. This has now led to blatant ignorance and borderline criminal activities taking place in one of the world’s most sacred places. In the past, it has even led to the armed invasion of indigenous lands in order to exploit their natural riches. Alberto Terena Even criminal organisations and networks are playing a part in the deforestation and wildfires in the Amazon. With the impactful changes in policy made by president Bolsonaro, which have mainly served to loosen environmental regulations, illegal logging and other forms of exploitation of the land have taken flight. Once again, those living in the forest are suffering most from those often violent attacks on their land. The word ‘genocide’ has even been coined to describe this effect. Angela Kaxuyana in the middle A shame, knowing that those indigenous people might play an important role in combatting global climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has actually credited those communities as being the ‘guardians of the forest’, with their sustainable practices and extensive knowledge of the land serving as the guiding principle for meaningful climate change action. Recommended:  Climate Change: Water Scarcity, Hunger, Agriculture And Food Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam In The Amazon Poorly Planned (Nov 2019) Coming back to the controversial Belo Monte dam example mentioned at the beginning of this article, the one that Antonia Melo and her people are fighting hard to prevent. It is not just the matter of preventing the flooding of Altamira town that should bother you. There is a critical flaw in the design of this massive hydroelectric project, one that could potentially threaten human life and global ecosystems in one go. Insider documents and expert testimonies have indicated that the dam’s engineers may have underestimated the undeniable impact that water shortages will have on the Pimental dam, that is currently serving as a downstream barrier. Now, a choice will have to be made between a structural weakening of the dam or the reallocation of water in the reservoir or on the Xingu river. The latter solution will have a major impact on the indigenous communities who live here and rely on the water for their livelihood.   There is a significant risk of the dam rupturing, something so alarming that it has led to federal prosecutors calling for a suspension of the project and emergency aid for those living in the fishing villages that are now faced with a major decline in fish, their main source of food and income. Despite all of this, the dam is still scheduled to open this month, having cost a measly €9.3 billion thus far. While the last of its 18 turbines is being installed, the low water levels in the reservoirs have highlighted those structural problems. A section of the Pimental dam downstream has been exposed, unveiling its incapacity of dealing with major waves that might occur now that the Belo Monte dam is completed. Deforestation at Belo Monte Those living downstream of the dam are rightfully worried, with recent dam disasters in Brumadinho and Mariana still fresh in the collective memory. As of yet, the Brazilian government has not committed to any remedial action or acknowledgement of the risk to the public.   Recommended:  Water War Brewing Over New River Nile Dam: Egypt, Ethiopia Save The Amazon, Save The World It is once again testament to the unwillingness of Brazilian leaders and, indeed, world leaders to take action to save the Amazon. Paradoxically, the Amazon might just be what saves us, provided that it is well taken care of. Now that this appears to be unlikely, we will be facing increasing deforestation, as well as a disastrous loss of valuable ecosystems and a general decline of biodiversity.   The Belo Monte dam actually serves as the personification of everything that is wrong with our management of the Amazon. Fuelled by corporate greed and political games, the project has been pushed through - despite obvious and pressing concerns for both human life and biodiversity. The loss of valuable nature has been deemed acceptable, while construction errors have made it obvious that the project is a big mistake. Yet this will most likely be ignored - consequences for the people living downstream be damned.   A better metaphor for global environmental policies will be difficult to find. Support, Support, Support: Amazon Watch Before you go! Recommended:  Brazil Is Burning For Your Beef: Amazon’s Nature, Our Luxury Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about the Amazon, Hydro Electric Dams or Climate Change? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Amazon Water War: Fires, Hydro Dams, Climate Change S.O.S.
Amazon Water War: Fires, Hydro Dams, Climate Change S.O.S.
Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology
Meet ReGen Villages. A concept for a smart community, based on eco-friendly living, as ideated by a Danish architectural firm. It is meant to actively combat  climate change and wasteful emissions, while living in a greener and more sustainable manner - through the philosophy of going ‘back to the basics’. Smart Communities: What Are Regen Villages? After all, not too long ago, the world was not as connected as it is today. In earlier times, trade was limited to the exchanging of goods between villagers ('I give you fresh meat, if you share your berries with me') or, at the most, between bordering villages. Just the thought of having tropical fruits such as pineapple and bananas available to you in Western Europe in the dead of winter, would be nothing short of laughable in medieval times. What does eco living mean? Eco-friendly literally means earth-friendly or not harmful to the environment (see References 1). This term most commonly refers to products that contribute to green living or practices that help conserve resources like water and energy. Eco-friendly products also prevent contributions to air, water and land pollution. Community were built to be self-reliant, rather than reliant on external factors, excessive power demands, and complicated (inter)national trade relations. If something could not be produced or generated, it was simply not available. In essence, this sums up what ReGen Villages are hoping to achieve. Recommended:  Regenerative Agriculture: Basics For Safe Food (Part 1 of 3) Essentially, ReGen villages aim to be a micro-city, which offer residents the luxury of living in a 'high-tech eco village'. So, back to basics, in a high-tech manner! To reach this unique goal, artificial intelligence is integrated with self-providing systems. As such, this entire community is self-reliant and minimises its waste and energy use. Even if this means converting trash into sources of energy to fuel other projects in the village. And no, this project is not the ambitious dream of a dreamer. Plans for implementing it are in an advanced stage, with the first pilot community planned to be built in the Almere area in the Netherlands at the end of this year. Plans for similar ReGen Villages in Northern Europe, the USA, and even in Asia are well underway as well. So if you are looking to play your part in making the world a better place and always wanted to live in a small-scale, self-sufficient village, this might just be your chance. What is the difference between eco friendly and environmentally friendly? Eco-friendly isn't quite so broad. It means that something doesn't harm the planet. Compared to 'green” and eco-friendly',sustainability has much higher standards. Sustainability includes eco-friendly activities and green products, but green doesn't necessarily mean sustainable. Eco-Living Through Technology: ReGen Villages The Netherlands The Netherlands is set to have the World’s First Self-Sustaining Eco Village near Amsterdam. The world’s first self-sustaining eco village near Amsterdam is coming in 2020: truly the height of Dutch innovation. The village has been designed and will be built by ReGenVillages.  ReGenVillages, how does this work exactly? This 60-acre village in Almere does what it says on the tin – it’s going to be self-sustaining. This means that roads will only be the width of a bike or pedestrian path and no houses will have a driveway, so no cars allowed! The surrounding landscape will be filled with fruit and vegetable patches and greenhouses, complete with collected rainwater, to feed the neighbouring residents. Rainwater will also be filtered through these 194 homes and then it can be used as drinking water. Any food waste that the residents have will be used to feed fish and other animals, which are used for farming. You’ll even be able to volunteer at the community centre and in return, you would get Home Association fee discounts. And if you want to go into Amsterdam and the center of Almere, self-driving electric buses and cars, located on the outskirts of this village will take you there. Clever, huh? The construction company ReGen Villages, wanted to be able to tackle the issues of our time – population growth, housing shortages and environmental and sustainability issues. This is definitely one way of doing it! ReGenVillages: How much will they cost? Prices will range quite considerably within this village. On the lower end of the scale, the smaller houses will go for around €200,000, whereas a much larger place will go for around €850,000. Once you’ve bought a house there, you are expected to maintain the sustainability by helping out. Like I said earlier, as a reward you’d get HOA free discounts, which is possible by logging the number of hours worked by using blockchain technology. When is this new Regen Village coming to Almere? While 203 homes were approved by Almere in July 2018, ReGen filed for more land for more homes this year. If approved, they could be breaking ground in 2020! Click here for more information. What are your thoughts on this new self-sustaining eco village near Amsterdam? Let us know in the comments! {youtube}                                                       Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology                                                                                  Regen Villages   Eco-Living Through Technology: Agricultural Communes The inventors drew inspiration from the idea of small agriculture communes, that produce all the food that they need. And such initiatives could prove to be very valuable and much needed: one of the greatest threats to our earth is the excessive agriculture, serving to feed billions and billions of people. Resulting in deforestation, scarcity of water, higher CO2 emissions and excessive consumption water and fertiliser. Hence, a huge threat to the wellbeing of our future generations. How can I be eco friendly?  Ten Easy Ways To Live A More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Eat less meat Use paper less and recycle more Use canvas bags instead of plastic Start a compost pile or bin Purchase the right light bulb Choose cloth over paper Cut down on energy in your home Borrow instead of buying By combining existing techniques, ReGen Villages will help the environment recover instead of actively destroying it. The small community hosts various buildings that are dedicated to the cultivation of certain vegetables and crops, all grown in a favourable climate through the use of greenhouses. This leads to a quiet and rustic, yet cohesive neighbourhood that feeds its diverse population with organic food, that meets the equally diverse nutritional needs. Eco-Living: Off Grid Sustainable Neighbourhoods The villages will be positively off-grid, cleverly playing in to the ever increasing need of a place to unwind and settle down, in this increasingly noisier and busier time. They are comprised of power positive homes alone, while completely running on renewable energy, employing smart and sustainable water management, and using advanced waste-to-resource systems. All of these systems will continuously be subject to ongoing research to further improve and optimise its efficiency.   For these systems to work smoothly, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things play an important role. Such as for the infrastructure of the community, eventually leading to more energy, water and organic food being produced per household than that it actually uses. The surplus can be exchanged for reduced mortgage payments.   Recommended:  Regenerative Farming: Agro-Ecology In Practice (Part 2 of 3) Eco Living: Why Should You Join The Waiting List? ReGen is just one of the many eco-village concepts that are popping up left, right and center. Although, as most of these projects are still in the stage of being built, you might not be able to move into one of these communities instantly. But if you are excited and passionate about the concept, you are welcome to join the waiting list for any of the planned communities in your desired country. Why, you ask? Well, for one, living in such a micro-city will ensure that the life of your family does not negatively impact the planet. Such eco villages combine smart living and the technology of smart cities with a higher quality of life and more of that unique community-feel. At the same time, they offer an open platform for more innovation initiatives, especially when it comes to solutions for renewable energy, smart agriculture, and water and waste management. And, even more importantly, a platform that can easily be duplicated.   All of these are arguments that you could use to convince your spouse or significant other to pack your bags, put the house on sale, and secure your spot in a true eco-community. Although they might be more tempted by the stunning house and lack of noisy neighbours that come with the deal. Before you go! Recommended:  Regenerative Agriculture: Its Full Potential (Part 3 of 3) Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about sustainability? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Meet ReGen Villages. A concept for a smart community, based on eco-friendly living, as ideated by a Danish architectural firm. It is meant to actively combat  climate change and wasteful emissions, while living in a greener and more sustainable manner - through the philosophy of going ‘back to the basics’. Smart Communities: What Are Regen Villages? After all, not too long ago, the world was not as connected as it is today. In earlier times, trade was limited to the exchanging of goods between villagers ('I give you fresh meat, if you share your berries with me') or, at the most, between bordering villages. Just the thought of having tropical fruits such as pineapple and bananas available to you in Western Europe in the dead of winter, would be nothing short of laughable in medieval times. What does eco living mean? Eco-friendly literally means earth-friendly or not harmful to the environment (see References 1). This term most commonly refers to products that contribute to green living or practices that help conserve resources like water and energy. Eco-friendly products also prevent contributions to air, water and land pollution. Community were built to be self-reliant, rather than reliant on external factors, excessive power demands, and complicated (inter)national trade relations. If something could not be produced or generated, it was simply not available. In essence, this sums up what ReGen Villages are hoping to achieve. Recommended:  Regenerative Agriculture: Basics For Safe Food (Part 1 of 3) Essentially, ReGen villages aim to be a micro-city, which offer residents the luxury of living in a 'high-tech eco village'. So, back to basics, in a high-tech manner! To reach this unique goal, artificial intelligence is integrated with self-providing systems. As such, this entire community is self-reliant and minimises its waste and energy use. Even if this means converting trash into sources of energy to fuel other projects in the village. And no, this project is not the ambitious dream of a dreamer. Plans for implementing it are in an advanced stage, with the first pilot community planned to be built in the Almere area in the Netherlands at the end of this year. Plans for similar ReGen Villages in Northern Europe, the USA, and even in Asia are well underway as well. So if you are looking to play your part in making the world a better place and always wanted to live in a small-scale, self-sufficient village, this might just be your chance. What is the difference between eco friendly and environmentally friendly? Eco-friendly isn't quite so broad. It means that something doesn't harm the planet. Compared to 'green” and eco-friendly',sustainability has much higher standards. Sustainability includes eco-friendly activities and green products, but green doesn't necessarily mean sustainable. Eco-Living Through Technology: ReGen Villages The Netherlands The Netherlands is set to have the World’s First Self-Sustaining Eco Village near Amsterdam. The world’s first self-sustaining eco village near Amsterdam is coming in 2020: truly the height of Dutch innovation. The village has been designed and will be built by ReGenVillages.  ReGenVillages, how does this work exactly? This 60-acre village in Almere does what it says on the tin – it’s going to be self-sustaining. This means that roads will only be the width of a bike or pedestrian path and no houses will have a driveway, so no cars allowed! The surrounding landscape will be filled with fruit and vegetable patches and greenhouses, complete with collected rainwater, to feed the neighbouring residents. Rainwater will also be filtered through these 194 homes and then it can be used as drinking water. Any food waste that the residents have will be used to feed fish and other animals, which are used for farming. You’ll even be able to volunteer at the community centre and in return, you would get Home Association fee discounts. And if you want to go into Amsterdam and the center of Almere, self-driving electric buses and cars, located on the outskirts of this village will take you there. Clever, huh? The construction company ReGen Villages, wanted to be able to tackle the issues of our time – population growth, housing shortages and environmental and sustainability issues. This is definitely one way of doing it! ReGenVillages: How much will they cost? Prices will range quite considerably within this village. On the lower end of the scale, the smaller houses will go for around €200,000, whereas a much larger place will go for around €850,000. Once you’ve bought a house there, you are expected to maintain the sustainability by helping out. Like I said earlier, as a reward you’d get HOA free discounts, which is possible by logging the number of hours worked by using blockchain technology. When is this new Regen Village coming to Almere? While 203 homes were approved by Almere in July 2018, ReGen filed for more land for more homes this year. If approved, they could be breaking ground in 2020! Click here for more information. What are your thoughts on this new self-sustaining eco village near Amsterdam? Let us know in the comments! {youtube}                                                       Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology                                                                                  Regen Villages   Eco-Living Through Technology: Agricultural Communes The inventors drew inspiration from the idea of small agriculture communes, that produce all the food that they need. And such initiatives could prove to be very valuable and much needed: one of the greatest threats to our earth is the excessive agriculture, serving to feed billions and billions of people. Resulting in deforestation, scarcity of water, higher CO2 emissions and excessive consumption water and fertiliser. Hence, a huge threat to the wellbeing of our future generations. How can I be eco friendly?  Ten Easy Ways To Live A More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Eat less meat Use paper less and recycle more Use canvas bags instead of plastic Start a compost pile or bin Purchase the right light bulb Choose cloth over paper Cut down on energy in your home Borrow instead of buying By combining existing techniques, ReGen Villages will help the environment recover instead of actively destroying it. The small community hosts various buildings that are dedicated to the cultivation of certain vegetables and crops, all grown in a favourable climate through the use of greenhouses. This leads to a quiet and rustic, yet cohesive neighbourhood that feeds its diverse population with organic food, that meets the equally diverse nutritional needs. Eco-Living: Off Grid Sustainable Neighbourhoods The villages will be positively off-grid, cleverly playing in to the ever increasing need of a place to unwind and settle down, in this increasingly noisier and busier time. They are comprised of power positive homes alone, while completely running on renewable energy, employing smart and sustainable water management, and using advanced waste-to-resource systems. All of these systems will continuously be subject to ongoing research to further improve and optimise its efficiency.   For these systems to work smoothly, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things play an important role. Such as for the infrastructure of the community, eventually leading to more energy, water and organic food being produced per household than that it actually uses. The surplus can be exchanged for reduced mortgage payments.   Recommended:  Regenerative Farming: Agro-Ecology In Practice (Part 2 of 3) Eco Living: Why Should You Join The Waiting List? ReGen is just one of the many eco-village concepts that are popping up left, right and center. Although, as most of these projects are still in the stage of being built, you might not be able to move into one of these communities instantly. But if you are excited and passionate about the concept, you are welcome to join the waiting list for any of the planned communities in your desired country. Why, you ask? Well, for one, living in such a micro-city will ensure that the life of your family does not negatively impact the planet. Such eco villages combine smart living and the technology of smart cities with a higher quality of life and more of that unique community-feel. At the same time, they offer an open platform for more innovation initiatives, especially when it comes to solutions for renewable energy, smart agriculture, and water and waste management. And, even more importantly, a platform that can easily be duplicated.   All of these are arguments that you could use to convince your spouse or significant other to pack your bags, put the house on sale, and secure your spot in a true eco-community. Although they might be more tempted by the stunning house and lack of noisy neighbours that come with the deal. Before you go! Recommended:  Regenerative Agriculture: Its Full Potential (Part 3 of 3) Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about sustainability? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology
Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology
Naomi Seibt And Her Many Opponents On Climate Change
The young German Naomi Seibt, who sees herself as a supporter of the libertarian movement (persons, movements, structures, organizations, etc. that promote absolute freedom) categorically denies climate change. How many opponents does she have? Naomi Seibt On Climate Change How can a fuel cell be optimized and thus drive a vehicle in an environmentally friendly way? Naomi Seibt, Sophie Atzpodien and Sibylla Heckmann from the St. Mauritz grammar school won the third place with their physics contribution at 'Schüler experimentieren' In addition to her little scientific theses, her political background is particularly important. Naomi Seibt’s mother works as a lawyer for politicians from the AfD. Naomi herself repeatedly appeared with well-known extremists and officials of these identities in public and took part in their marches. Naomi Seibt is almost as young as the climate crisis activist Greta Thunberg and many other activists. With one big difference: Naomi Seibt categorically denies climate change and deliberately argues against green electricity with dubious theories. Because of this the German Naomi Seibt is increasingly criticized.  Recommended:   Who’s Greta Thunberg’s Rival On Climate Facts, Naomi Seibt? Naomi Seibt: YOUTUBE Despite everything, Naomi Seibt has almost 37,000 followers on YouTube, but is highly controversial internationally due to her close ties to Alternative für Deutschland. Naomi Seibt’s mother, Karoline Seibt, works as a lawyer for AfD officials. Naomi Seibt was not received by the Pope, no bike was borrowed from Arnold Schwarzenegger, and no millionaires transported Naomi Seibt on carbon racing yachts across the Atlantic’!                                                                     Naomi Seibt - The Anti Greta Thunberg                                                  Naomi Seibt And Her Many Opponents On Climate Change Naomi Seibt's Followers say: "Climate Doesn't Need Protection" 'Climate does not need protection'? Maybe life itself? According to her own information, Naomi Seibt wants to arouse the scepticism of her viewers with her videos. Because in her opinion there is an absolute discussion taboo under the guise of scientific results. However, if you listen more closely, you will notice the contemptuous undertones of the blonde, innocent-looking 19-year-old Naomi Seibt. There is talk of a ‘censorship crisis’ after YouTube deleted one of Naomi Seibt’s videos, and of ‘harmful child-rearing’ and ‘fairness of performance’. Naomi Seibt not su much to offer when it comes to climate change. 'The climate does not need protection'. This borders on an emotionalized personification of the climate. Climate is not one-dimensional. Climate is a complex and completely misunderstood and not even clearly defined problem, ”says the 19-year-old Naomi Seibt in one of her YouTube videos. Given the temperatures - which are clearly too warm for December - some would contradict her. Recommended:  Global Warming By CO2 Or Cooling By A Grand Solar Minimum Noami Seibt's Opponents On Climate Change Jamie Margolin, 17, Climate Change Margolin began organizing lobbying efforts and public demonstrations at the age of 14 in her hometown of Seattle, Washington before she grew frustrated with the lack of engagement and response to enacting real change to address climate change.  She then founded 'Zero Hour', a youth-led climate action group that seeks to emphasize the urgency of the effects of climate change on communities across the world and organizes marches, summits, and demonstrations put on in partnership with other youth organizations, including their July youth summit in Miami and September's Global Climate Week of Action. This a totaly different approch than Naomi Seibt!                                                  Naomi Seibt And Her Many Opponents On Climate Change                                                How a group of teens built the climate movement Zero Hour Greta Thunberg, 16, Climate Change Awareness Thunberg was first pictured sitting alone outside Swedish parliament in a strike that she hoped would raise alarms among lawmakers. Soon, she had spurred an international movement of students striking on behalf of climate change. Greta Thunberg's foto for Time Magazine Followers from Naomi Seibt call Naomi Seibt 'Counter Gretha', because her different thoughts on climate change. Greta Thunberg in meantime moved her on-the-ground protests for official action on climate change to water, sailing across the Atlantic from her native Sweden to New York City on a zero-emissions sailboat to march with a crowd of more than 60,000 people before delivering a scathing speech at the United Nations General Assembly to shame leaders for their inaction on climate change. Thunberg was nominated in March 2019 for the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts, and she won the Nobel Prize in Decmber 2019. Recommended:  Climate Change Natural Man Made: Marching Towards Extinction Isra Hirsi, 16, Climate Change Awareness Hirsi is the eldest daughter of prominent Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, but she's earned a reputation in her own right as a climate change activist. Isra Hirsi, climate chnage awarness After learning about the sharp racially divided effects of climate change, then-15-year-old Hirsi sprang into action to get climate change on the official agendas of local and national lawmakers.                          Representative Ilhan Omar’s Daughter Takes On Climate Change | NBC News Now                                           Naomi Seibt And Her Many Opponents On Climate Change In January 2019, Hirsi founded the US Youth Climate Strike group, an American chapter of a global climate activist movement. In her role as executive director, Hirsi has been a key part of activating a chapter to join the estimated 1.6 million students across 120 countries to skip school in March 2019 to demand official action on climate change and spoke at the Minneapolis march as part of the global climate strike on September 20. Recommended:  Climate Change Natural Man Made: Causes And Facts Mari Copeny, 11, Water Access Copeny, who is also known as "Little Miss Flint," shot to fame when she was eight years old in March 2016 when she wrote a letter to President Barack Obama about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. After reading her letter, Obama flew to Flint and shined a national spotlight on the crisis.  Mary Copeny, protesting for clean water in Flint After her big presidential moment, Copeny has continued her work, including in ads for the Peoples Climate March and starting the hashtag #WednesdaysForWater, in which she sends out a weekly alert about places in need of clean water. Copeny's partnership with a water-filtration company also facilitates drinkable water in deprived communities.                                                  Naomi Seibt And Her Many Opponents On Climate Change                  Watch 8-year-old Mari Copeny (2016) read her Flint water crisis letter to President Barack Obama   Helena Gualinga, 17, Climate Issues  I grew up in a small community called Sarayaku in Ecuadorian Amazon and has been fighting for climate issues 'her whole life'. Helena Gualinga, fighting for climate issues 'my entire life' , and we have been fighting big oil since I was a little kid. I've seen my uncles and aunts fight against these big companies to protect our territories, and they've been criminalized for that. We realized that these companies are the same companies creating climate change. When I was little, my uncles used to run out in the jungle and keep the military out of our territories. Now it's in the courthouses, and with paperwork.                                                  Naomi Seibt And Her Many Opponents On Climate Change                                              Ecuadorian Helena Gualinga participated in the Climate Summit I also work with indigenous women and children back in the Amazon. I post things on the internet and keep people informed of what's happening back in the Amazon. I'm trying to be a voice for my people, what they have to say, from Ecuador. What inspired you to become a climate activist? I was really scared of what was going to happen to my community, especially because I also grew up partly in Europe, so I didn't know if I would go back home and the only thing I would find would be destruction. How do you think your generation's climate activism is different from what's been done in the past? I think that climate activism has been something that has been going on, but it has not been as big as what we're seeing, and I think that will have a huge impact because everyone is in this together. I think this is a huge revolution that's happening. What's the first thing for people to do? People at home should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? On an individual level, we should stop consuming everything that we don't need corporations should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? We need to stop the fossil-fuel industry. We can't continue with that. We've got to stop it now world leaders should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? They can help us stop the fossil-fuel industry and protect indigenous people in the Amazon, because those are the people who have been protecting the world's rainforest for a very long time now. There are a lot of things happening to indigenous people. They are persecuted by governments and companies, and that would be a huge step if that stopped. And then also get involved and start to support indigenous communities so they can continue their normal lifestyle but also have this connection to the Western world. Tekanang, 21, Climate Issues  Tekanang, 21, is from the tiny reef-lined island nation of Tuvalu and has been involved in climate issues since 2013 "because I really care about my home island, and I don't want it to be gone." T ekanang, 21, is from the tiny reef-lined island nation of Tuvalu and has been involved in climate issues since 2013  The nine low-lying coral atolls of Tuvalu are spread across less than 20 square miles in the South Pacific and sit, on average, about 6 feet above sea level. In 2013, our government launched climate actions. They want the youth to be active and voice opinions and how we feel about our future. When we are at home, we usually spread awareness with posters, just for people to be aware of how we are struggling in climate change. What inspired you to become a climate activist? Our last prime minister, Enele Sopoaga. He inspired us all to climate action. In Tuvalu, we are constantly affected by sea-level rise and storm surges. It's different than when we were growing up. Now it seems like it's occurring frequently. A lot of people are panicking. They're thinking of migrating to other places. Most of all, we don't want to lose our nationality. We're Tuvaluans. If we go to other places, we'll be deemed as refugees. In our home country, you can be yourself — you can be Tuvaluan, you speak your language, with your tradition and culture, and your free will. How do you think your generation's climate activism is different from what's been done in the past? We are the future generation of our countries. We are doing this for ourselves and our sons and grandsons, our future selves too. What's the first thing for people to do? People at home should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? They should have a change of heart and mind, not to look down on us island communities or countries that are all affected by climate change Corporations should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? They should lower their carbon emissions and use renewable energy World leaders should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? They should lower their carbon emissions and use renewable energy. Penny Tovar is 24, Climate Issues  Penny Tovar is a social-media influencer and nurse from Portland, Oregon, she is an advocate for vegan and cruelty-free beauty who said she's been involved in climate issues. Penny Tovar is 24. A social-media influencer and nurse from Portland I do content on YouTube and Instagram about beauty. I don't promote anything unless it's vegan, cruelty-free. I also work with beauty-recycling programs, so you can send them your empty containers and they recycle it for you. What inspired you to become a climate activist? I ran across this video on YouTube from Lauren Singer. She did a video where she fit three years' worth of trash into a jar. Up until I saw that video, I never thought about my impact on the environment. And that's scary because that means that there's other people like that right now.                                                I Spoke at the United Nations! Youth climate summit 2019                                                Naomi Seibt And Her Many Opponents On Climate Change That video really made me think, whoa, how much trash am I producing as a single person? I had to completely reevaluate the products that I use on my skin, on my hair, the clothes that I wear, and especially what I promote to my audience, because I have a total of 850,000 followers. How do you think your generation's climate activism is different from what's been done in the past? We have the internet. That's what's different. Back in the day, before there was internet, the only way word spread was by mouth and by people on the streets, which is still effective and powerful, because it makes a statement. But now everyone can contribute, even by tweeting about something like "#climateaction this is what I want to see happen." This is why it's such a movement right now: Everybody can participate. What's the first thing people should do? People at home should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? Reevaluate your practices. Sit down. Look at your trash. What are you throwing away? For me, I noticed it was food packaging. I found a local grocery store that sells a lot of package-free goods. So now I always try to make my meals vegan, package-free Corporations should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? Reduce your waste. Someone earlier today mentioned how plastic bottles can be used to fix sidewalks and cement. Rethink what you're doing. Innovate World leaders should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? Listen, you can't eat money. People think it's very inconvenient to change our ways right now because we're so deeply set in hundreds of years of habits, but the biggest inconvenience of all is running out of clean water, running out of clean air, running out of food, and then we all die Sarah-Anna Awad, 26, Climate Change Sarah-Anna Awad, 26, is from Austria, which she said is "facing a big crisis with our glaciers melting." Sarah-Anna Awad, 26, is from Austria, climate change I'm here to represent the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. One of the biggest things that we're trying to do is enable all our girls to get involved, via our app, wherever protests are happening — not only climate protests, but also, for example, reforestation. We try to gather different projects and share them. Austria is a country where tourism is really strong, and especially skiing tourism, winter tourism. Everyone is complaining that the glaciers are melting, but they are not ready to really do something, because they always want to have more profit. What inspired you to become a climate activist? At the United Nations Rio Earth Summit in 1992, a girl spoke up. When she did her speech, it was really amazing for me. It was the first time that I saw someone really speaking up that loudly. How do you think your generation's climate activism is different from what's been done in the past? It's a lot easier to get information from all around the world, and then we're sharing it. It's also the feeling of being connected and the support that you get worldwide. What's the first thing people should do? People at home should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? You just need to be aware of what you're doing, what you're buying, the things that you're eating. Even if it's only small things, every individual can change Corporations should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? There's a lot of solutions around. There's a lot of businesses that are focusing on becoming more sustainable. You need to invest in that, if you want the long-term solution World leaders should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? Governments need to listen to the experts. I think that's one of the easiest things that they can do. They don't need to come up with their own ideas. Bertine Lakjohn, 18, Climate Issues  Bertine Lakjohn, is from the Marshall Islands and said her interest in climate issues began when she was in high school. Bertine Lakjohn, is from the Marshall Islands I facilitated a youth leadership camp focused on why leadership is important in combating climate change. First, we educate them about leadership, and about the impacts of climate change. Then we have a dialog about climate change. We ask them to come up with an idea that they can present, and we invite important officials, government officials, to these climate dialogues. What inspired you to become a climate activist? I wrote a poem. That was sort of what inspired me to continue in this field. It was about how industrialization has a huge impact on not just the environment but also our culture and our traditions. I moved to Japan for high school, and when I came back everything was completely different. Before I left, the water was warmer in a place that I used to like swimming, and then when I came back it was super cold. I assume that would change fish migration patterns because the fish that swam there are no longer there as well. How do you think your generation's climate activism is different from what's been done in the past? Before, what I interpret is that they were just informing people that this was happening. Now we're sort of pressuring the government — not just people, but the people that can actually do something. We're pressuring them and telling them we need to do this now. We can't just keep denying or just waiting until the crisis hits us intensely. What's the first thing people should do? people at home should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? If you have a strong connection to environmental issues, I think you should be influencing others to take the same steps as you. Those that are uninformed, informed them; those that want to do more but don't know how, teach them Corporations should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? I think they should really start investing in climate movements and get themselves involved World leaders should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? In my country, the government should leave a space open for youth representation, because it's mostly the youth that are taking initiative on this climate-change issue. The best way for us to have a voice is to have that youth representation in the government. For all three (individuals, corporations, and leaders), I think we should just end fossil-fuel usage. Liza Zhytkova, 21, Climate Issues Liza Zhytkova, 21, was born in Belarus but grew up in the US, where she says her interest in climate issues started within the past year. I don't really shop anymore, I thrift. Meat consumption has gone significantly down. I also use my social media as a platform to get my friends and people I know in my community engaged. A lot of my friends have also stopped shopping at fast-fashion stores. A lot of them are going vegetarian. It's small activism. It's not anything as substantial as some people who work here and organize this event. But I'm hoping to get there eventually. What inspired you to become a climate activist? I think it was just a culmination of Greta's quick rise to fame, and then the Amazon burning that kind of really pushed this issue of climate to the forefront of my mind. How do you think your generation's climate activism is different from what's been done in the past? I think that, as opposed to previous movements in the '70s or the '60s, our generation is much more willing to work with the older generations, and we're more collaborative. In the past it seemed like it was pushing against the status quo, versus now we just need to come up with solutions to help solve the issue, rather than fighting the people who are causing the problem. What's the first thing people should do? People at home should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? On an individual scale, it's the obvious things: Don't use as much water, be conscious of how much you're traveling, be conscious of what you're buying. Be a conscious consumer. Reuse, recycle, all of that good stuff Corporations should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? I have a very bleak outlook on corporations. I don't think that they're going to change anytime soon. I think that it's up to the government to regulate them, because we live in a very capitalist, neoliberal world World leaders should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? A very, very aggressive carbon tax, to force people to cut down. Gradual easing into it just doesn't cut it anymore. Veer Qumar Mattabadul Is 21, Involved In Climate Issues For About Four Years. Veer Qumar Mattabadul is 21. Hailing from the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, he said he's been involved in climate issues for about four years. I do blue cleanups, cleaning the sea, cleaning the seaside, and even cleaning rivers. We also have international stakeholders, professional swimmers and divers who are helping us. I'm also on the national youth council. We tend to reject youth because we are considered as useless in most societies. I think the youth is not useless, we are simply used less. I also try to be a role model for others. At the university I'm a little bit popular, and since I'm popular I try to do good things. What inspired you to become a climate activist? Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, because they try to promote youth. How do you think your generation's climate activism is different from what's been done in the past? In the past, our voices were oppressed. In my country, we were not given importance. But we're seeing the youth rising, for instance, with the climate strike. We are becoming more motivated. We are becoming more aware. What's the first thing people should do? People at home should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? Education is a priority. The only thing that is destroying humanity is the mentality of people. People are not aware. People will contribute to pollution, will ruin the environment, until they know and understand the importance of their actions, until they become victims Corporations should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? Sponsor youth, provide them with resources, promote them World leaders should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? The laws need to be strict. The laws need to be specific about those who are polluting, those going against the laws. Daniel Gbujie, Climate And The Health Effects Of A Changing Environment. Daniel Gbujie, 30, started getting involved in climate issues about three years ago, when as a young doctor he learned about the health effects of a changing environment. My journey started when I was a delegate of the World Medical Association at the UN Climate Change Convention in Marrakech in 2016. They started telling us the health implications of climate change. What inspired you to become a climate activist? If you've been following the Nigerian narrative, you will understand that there was this Boko Haram incident, "Bring Back Our Girls." People don't know how that incident started. The entire topography in northern Nigeria has changed in the last five years, meaning that herdsmen and cattle don't have grasses. People were just moving with guns and arrows everywhere, looking for grasses. And because there is poor government, officials turned the other eye, and then hundreds of girls went missing. So my organization is trying to tell people where this problem starts from. We've been able to tell people, "Did you know climate change actually caused this senseless killing?" Team 54 Project, the organization I founded, designed a concept around an app that can notify people on the ground about ecological problems. Sometimes when people know the amount of rain coming, they will be able to plan ahead. It's built to be a reporting app that will notify farmers in real time, through SMS. How do you think your generation's climate activism is different from what's been done in the past? Social media has really helped us. We are seeing what people that are not our age are doing. We're seeing what Greta, a 16-year-old, is doing. It's time we work together. What's the first thing people should do? People at home should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? On an individual level, let us all return to organic farming, especially for subsistence farming Corporations should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? It is actually profitable for you as a businessperson to fight this. You are going to have two-thirds of the world population in young people. You are going to have two-thirds of the world population saying they want things that are eco-friendly, things that are vegan World leaders should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? The government needs to give businesses incentives. You just met young climate activist who have worries about the changing climate and their future. Most of them have a different opinion than Naomi Seibt. That does not mean that the ideas from Naomi Seibt are all wrong, or wrong at all. On both camps are scientist who agree with climate change but disagree about the pecentage humanity influences the climate in compare with natural cycles. Naomi Seibt also doubts if solar and wind energy will be a good solution. Recommended:  Renewables In Danger! Solar And Wind Energy: Start Digging Sophia Mathur, 12, Is Taking The Ontario Government To Court Over Climate Change My name is Sophia. I’m 12 years old, and I’m one of the seven young people – backed by Ecojustice – suing the Government of Ontario for weakening the province’s climate targets and violating Ontarians’ Charter rights. For as long as I can remember, I’ve worried about the climate emergency. I’ve attended countless rallies, met with politicians, and spoken at conferences. This fall, I even got to meet Greta Thunberg! Getting to meet one of my heroes was fun. But I’m angry and a little sad that I have to do any of this. I shouldn’t have had to become Canada’s first youth climate striker because in a rich country like Canada, with all our technological capability and access to the best science, governments should be doing much more than they are to lower emissions. I shouldn’t have to miss school to meet with politicians to convince them that my generation, my future is worth fighting for. And I shouldn’t have to take our own government to court to defend our right to a safe climate and healthy environment. Mine east of Suncor in oil sands But we’re in a climate emergency and with our futures on the line, staying home and hoping someone else will fix the problem is not an option. So I’m fighting – for me, for you, and for every living being that makes this planet their home. Recommended:  Climate Lawsuit Against Government Will It Work? Netherlands Two weeks ago, at the press conference announcing our lawsuit, I was really nervous. But I looked over my shoulder and saw my fellow applicants – the six other smart, funny, and daring young climate leaders who are also part of this lawsuit – and felt braver. Then I looked across the stage and saw the powerful legal team Ecojustice has assembled to fight this case on our behalf, and felt stronger. That’s when I knew that, as long as we stick together, we could win. But we’re going to need your help. Everything Ecojustice is doing to support me and my fellow applicants costs money – even though they aren’t charging us a single dollar for their legal services. As an environmental law charity, they count on the generosity of people like you to develop, file, and win important precedent-setting lawsuits just like this one. We all have to be critical to reasons and solutions the various groups come up with to tackle climate change and provide the world with new sources of 'energy'. With everything people and organisations invent we not only have to look at what it brings for the Western World but especially in develping countries. If our clean air means more child labor, environmental destruction and explotation, I wonder if we are on the right track! Before you go! Recommended:  Is Neoliberalism Hurting Our Climate And The Paris Accord? Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about climate activism? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
The young German Naomi Seibt, who sees herself as a supporter of the libertarian movement (persons, movements, structures, organizations, etc. that promote absolute freedom) categorically denies climate change. How many opponents does she have? Naomi Seibt On Climate Change How can a fuel cell be optimized and thus drive a vehicle in an environmentally friendly way? Naomi Seibt, Sophie Atzpodien and Sibylla Heckmann from the St. Mauritz grammar school won the third place with their physics contribution at 'Schüler experimentieren' In addition to her little scientific theses, her political background is particularly important. Naomi Seibt’s mother works as a lawyer for politicians from the AfD. Naomi herself repeatedly appeared with well-known extremists and officials of these identities in public and took part in their marches. Naomi Seibt is almost as young as the climate crisis activist Greta Thunberg and many other activists. With one big difference: Naomi Seibt categorically denies climate change and deliberately argues against green electricity with dubious theories. Because of this the German Naomi Seibt is increasingly criticized.  Recommended:   Who’s Greta Thunberg’s Rival On Climate Facts, Naomi Seibt? Naomi Seibt: YOUTUBE Despite everything, Naomi Seibt has almost 37,000 followers on YouTube, but is highly controversial internationally due to her close ties to Alternative für Deutschland. Naomi Seibt’s mother, Karoline Seibt, works as a lawyer for AfD officials. Naomi Seibt was not received by the Pope, no bike was borrowed from Arnold Schwarzenegger, and no millionaires transported Naomi Seibt on carbon racing yachts across the Atlantic’!                                                                     Naomi Seibt - The Anti Greta Thunberg                                                  Naomi Seibt And Her Many Opponents On Climate Change Naomi Seibt's Followers say: "Climate Doesn't Need Protection" 'Climate does not need protection'? Maybe life itself? According to her own information, Naomi Seibt wants to arouse the scepticism of her viewers with her videos. Because in her opinion there is an absolute discussion taboo under the guise of scientific results. However, if you listen more closely, you will notice the contemptuous undertones of the blonde, innocent-looking 19-year-old Naomi Seibt. There is talk of a ‘censorship crisis’ after YouTube deleted one of Naomi Seibt’s videos, and of ‘harmful child-rearing’ and ‘fairness of performance’. Naomi Seibt not su much to offer when it comes to climate change. 'The climate does not need protection'. This borders on an emotionalized personification of the climate. Climate is not one-dimensional. Climate is a complex and completely misunderstood and not even clearly defined problem, ”says the 19-year-old Naomi Seibt in one of her YouTube videos. Given the temperatures - which are clearly too warm for December - some would contradict her. Recommended:  Global Warming By CO2 Or Cooling By A Grand Solar Minimum Noami Seibt's Opponents On Climate Change Jamie Margolin, 17, Climate Change Margolin began organizing lobbying efforts and public demonstrations at the age of 14 in her hometown of Seattle, Washington before she grew frustrated with the lack of engagement and response to enacting real change to address climate change.  She then founded 'Zero Hour', a youth-led climate action group that seeks to emphasize the urgency of the effects of climate change on communities across the world and organizes marches, summits, and demonstrations put on in partnership with other youth organizations, including their July youth summit in Miami and September's Global Climate Week of Action. This a totaly different approch than Naomi Seibt!                                                  Naomi Seibt And Her Many Opponents On Climate Change                                                How a group of teens built the climate movement Zero Hour Greta Thunberg, 16, Climate Change Awareness Thunberg was first pictured sitting alone outside Swedish parliament in a strike that she hoped would raise alarms among lawmakers. Soon, she had spurred an international movement of students striking on behalf of climate change. Greta Thunberg's foto for Time Magazine Followers from Naomi Seibt call Naomi Seibt 'Counter Gretha', because her different thoughts on climate change. Greta Thunberg in meantime moved her on-the-ground protests for official action on climate change to water, sailing across the Atlantic from her native Sweden to New York City on a zero-emissions sailboat to march with a crowd of more than 60,000 people before delivering a scathing speech at the United Nations General Assembly to shame leaders for their inaction on climate change. Thunberg was nominated in March 2019 for the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts, and she won the Nobel Prize in Decmber 2019. Recommended:  Climate Change Natural Man Made: Marching Towards Extinction Isra Hirsi, 16, Climate Change Awareness Hirsi is the eldest daughter of prominent Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, but she's earned a reputation in her own right as a climate change activist. Isra Hirsi, climate chnage awarness After learning about the sharp racially divided effects of climate change, then-15-year-old Hirsi sprang into action to get climate change on the official agendas of local and national lawmakers.                          Representative Ilhan Omar’s Daughter Takes On Climate Change | NBC News Now                                           Naomi Seibt And Her Many Opponents On Climate Change In January 2019, Hirsi founded the US Youth Climate Strike group, an American chapter of a global climate activist movement. In her role as executive director, Hirsi has been a key part of activating a chapter to join the estimated 1.6 million students across 120 countries to skip school in March 2019 to demand official action on climate change and spoke at the Minneapolis march as part of the global climate strike on September 20. Recommended:  Climate Change Natural Man Made: Causes And Facts Mari Copeny, 11, Water Access Copeny, who is also known as "Little Miss Flint," shot to fame when she was eight years old in March 2016 when she wrote a letter to President Barack Obama about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. After reading her letter, Obama flew to Flint and shined a national spotlight on the crisis.  Mary Copeny, protesting for clean water in Flint After her big presidential moment, Copeny has continued her work, including in ads for the Peoples Climate March and starting the hashtag #WednesdaysForWater, in which she sends out a weekly alert about places in need of clean water. Copeny's partnership with a water-filtration company also facilitates drinkable water in deprived communities.                                                  Naomi Seibt And Her Many Opponents On Climate Change                  Watch 8-year-old Mari Copeny (2016) read her Flint water crisis letter to President Barack Obama   Helena Gualinga, 17, Climate Issues  I grew up in a small community called Sarayaku in Ecuadorian Amazon and has been fighting for climate issues 'her whole life'. Helena Gualinga, fighting for climate issues 'my entire life' , and we have been fighting big oil since I was a little kid. I've seen my uncles and aunts fight against these big companies to protect our territories, and they've been criminalized for that. We realized that these companies are the same companies creating climate change. When I was little, my uncles used to run out in the jungle and keep the military out of our territories. Now it's in the courthouses, and with paperwork.                                                  Naomi Seibt And Her Many Opponents On Climate Change                                              Ecuadorian Helena Gualinga participated in the Climate Summit I also work with indigenous women and children back in the Amazon. I post things on the internet and keep people informed of what's happening back in the Amazon. I'm trying to be a voice for my people, what they have to say, from Ecuador. What inspired you to become a climate activist? I was really scared of what was going to happen to my community, especially because I also grew up partly in Europe, so I didn't know if I would go back home and the only thing I would find would be destruction. How do you think your generation's climate activism is different from what's been done in the past? I think that climate activism has been something that has been going on, but it has not been as big as what we're seeing, and I think that will have a huge impact because everyone is in this together. I think this is a huge revolution that's happening. What's the first thing for people to do? People at home should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? On an individual level, we should stop consuming everything that we don't need corporations should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? We need to stop the fossil-fuel industry. We can't continue with that. We've got to stop it now world leaders should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? They can help us stop the fossil-fuel industry and protect indigenous people in the Amazon, because those are the people who have been protecting the world's rainforest for a very long time now. There are a lot of things happening to indigenous people. They are persecuted by governments and companies, and that would be a huge step if that stopped. And then also get involved and start to support indigenous communities so they can continue their normal lifestyle but also have this connection to the Western world. Tekanang, 21, Climate Issues  Tekanang, 21, is from the tiny reef-lined island nation of Tuvalu and has been involved in climate issues since 2013 "because I really care about my home island, and I don't want it to be gone." T ekanang, 21, is from the tiny reef-lined island nation of Tuvalu and has been involved in climate issues since 2013  The nine low-lying coral atolls of Tuvalu are spread across less than 20 square miles in the South Pacific and sit, on average, about 6 feet above sea level. In 2013, our government launched climate actions. They want the youth to be active and voice opinions and how we feel about our future. When we are at home, we usually spread awareness with posters, just for people to be aware of how we are struggling in climate change. What inspired you to become a climate activist? Our last prime minister, Enele Sopoaga. He inspired us all to climate action. In Tuvalu, we are constantly affected by sea-level rise and storm surges. It's different than when we were growing up. Now it seems like it's occurring frequently. A lot of people are panicking. They're thinking of migrating to other places. Most of all, we don't want to lose our nationality. We're Tuvaluans. If we go to other places, we'll be deemed as refugees. In our home country, you can be yourself — you can be Tuvaluan, you speak your language, with your tradition and culture, and your free will. How do you think your generation's climate activism is different from what's been done in the past? We are the future generation of our countries. We are doing this for ourselves and our sons and grandsons, our future selves too. What's the first thing for people to do? People at home should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? They should have a change of heart and mind, not to look down on us island communities or countries that are all affected by climate change Corporations should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? They should lower their carbon emissions and use renewable energy World leaders should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? They should lower their carbon emissions and use renewable energy. Penny Tovar is 24, Climate Issues  Penny Tovar is a social-media influencer and nurse from Portland, Oregon, she is an advocate for vegan and cruelty-free beauty who said she's been involved in climate issues. Penny Tovar is 24. A social-media influencer and nurse from Portland I do content on YouTube and Instagram about beauty. I don't promote anything unless it's vegan, cruelty-free. I also work with beauty-recycling programs, so you can send them your empty containers and they recycle it for you. What inspired you to become a climate activist? I ran across this video on YouTube from Lauren Singer. She did a video where she fit three years' worth of trash into a jar. Up until I saw that video, I never thought about my impact on the environment. And that's scary because that means that there's other people like that right now.                                                I Spoke at the United Nations! Youth climate summit 2019                                                Naomi Seibt And Her Many Opponents On Climate Change That video really made me think, whoa, how much trash am I producing as a single person? I had to completely reevaluate the products that I use on my skin, on my hair, the clothes that I wear, and especially what I promote to my audience, because I have a total of 850,000 followers. How do you think your generation's climate activism is different from what's been done in the past? We have the internet. That's what's different. Back in the day, before there was internet, the only way word spread was by mouth and by people on the streets, which is still effective and powerful, because it makes a statement. But now everyone can contribute, even by tweeting about something like "#climateaction this is what I want to see happen." This is why it's such a movement right now: Everybody can participate. What's the first thing people should do? People at home should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? Reevaluate your practices. Sit down. Look at your trash. What are you throwing away? For me, I noticed it was food packaging. I found a local grocery store that sells a lot of package-free goods. So now I always try to make my meals vegan, package-free Corporations should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? Reduce your waste. Someone earlier today mentioned how plastic bottles can be used to fix sidewalks and cement. Rethink what you're doing. Innovate World leaders should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? Listen, you can't eat money. People think it's very inconvenient to change our ways right now because we're so deeply set in hundreds of years of habits, but the biggest inconvenience of all is running out of clean water, running out of clean air, running out of food, and then we all die Sarah-Anna Awad, 26, Climate Change Sarah-Anna Awad, 26, is from Austria, which she said is "facing a big crisis with our glaciers melting." Sarah-Anna Awad, 26, is from Austria, climate change I'm here to represent the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. One of the biggest things that we're trying to do is enable all our girls to get involved, via our app, wherever protests are happening — not only climate protests, but also, for example, reforestation. We try to gather different projects and share them. Austria is a country where tourism is really strong, and especially skiing tourism, winter tourism. Everyone is complaining that the glaciers are melting, but they are not ready to really do something, because they always want to have more profit. What inspired you to become a climate activist? At the United Nations Rio Earth Summit in 1992, a girl spoke up. When she did her speech, it was really amazing for me. It was the first time that I saw someone really speaking up that loudly. How do you think your generation's climate activism is different from what's been done in the past? It's a lot easier to get information from all around the world, and then we're sharing it. It's also the feeling of being connected and the support that you get worldwide. What's the first thing people should do? People at home should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? You just need to be aware of what you're doing, what you're buying, the things that you're eating. Even if it's only small things, every individual can change Corporations should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? There's a lot of solutions around. There's a lot of businesses that are focusing on becoming more sustainable. You need to invest in that, if you want the long-term solution World leaders should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? Governments need to listen to the experts. I think that's one of the easiest things that they can do. They don't need to come up with their own ideas. Bertine Lakjohn, 18, Climate Issues  Bertine Lakjohn, is from the Marshall Islands and said her interest in climate issues began when she was in high school. Bertine Lakjohn, is from the Marshall Islands I facilitated a youth leadership camp focused on why leadership is important in combating climate change. First, we educate them about leadership, and about the impacts of climate change. Then we have a dialog about climate change. We ask them to come up with an idea that they can present, and we invite important officials, government officials, to these climate dialogues. What inspired you to become a climate activist? I wrote a poem. That was sort of what inspired me to continue in this field. It was about how industrialization has a huge impact on not just the environment but also our culture and our traditions. I moved to Japan for high school, and when I came back everything was completely different. Before I left, the water was warmer in a place that I used to like swimming, and then when I came back it was super cold. I assume that would change fish migration patterns because the fish that swam there are no longer there as well. How do you think your generation's climate activism is different from what's been done in the past? Before, what I interpret is that they were just informing people that this was happening. Now we're sort of pressuring the government — not just people, but the people that can actually do something. We're pressuring them and telling them we need to do this now. We can't just keep denying or just waiting until the crisis hits us intensely. What's the first thing people should do? people at home should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? If you have a strong connection to environmental issues, I think you should be influencing others to take the same steps as you. Those that are uninformed, informed them; those that want to do more but don't know how, teach them Corporations should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? I think they should really start investing in climate movements and get themselves involved World leaders should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? In my country, the government should leave a space open for youth representation, because it's mostly the youth that are taking initiative on this climate-change issue. The best way for us to have a voice is to have that youth representation in the government. For all three (individuals, corporations, and leaders), I think we should just end fossil-fuel usage. Liza Zhytkova, 21, Climate Issues Liza Zhytkova, 21, was born in Belarus but grew up in the US, where she says her interest in climate issues started within the past year. I don't really shop anymore, I thrift. Meat consumption has gone significantly down. I also use my social media as a platform to get my friends and people I know in my community engaged. A lot of my friends have also stopped shopping at fast-fashion stores. A lot of them are going vegetarian. It's small activism. It's not anything as substantial as some people who work here and organize this event. But I'm hoping to get there eventually. What inspired you to become a climate activist? I think it was just a culmination of Greta's quick rise to fame, and then the Amazon burning that kind of really pushed this issue of climate to the forefront of my mind. How do you think your generation's climate activism is different from what's been done in the past? I think that, as opposed to previous movements in the '70s or the '60s, our generation is much more willing to work with the older generations, and we're more collaborative. In the past it seemed like it was pushing against the status quo, versus now we just need to come up with solutions to help solve the issue, rather than fighting the people who are causing the problem. What's the first thing people should do? People at home should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? On an individual scale, it's the obvious things: Don't use as much water, be conscious of how much you're traveling, be conscious of what you're buying. Be a conscious consumer. Reuse, recycle, all of that good stuff Corporations should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? I have a very bleak outlook on corporations. I don't think that they're going to change anytime soon. I think that it's up to the government to regulate them, because we live in a very capitalist, neoliberal world World leaders should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? A very, very aggressive carbon tax, to force people to cut down. Gradual easing into it just doesn't cut it anymore. Veer Qumar Mattabadul Is 21, Involved In Climate Issues For About Four Years. Veer Qumar Mattabadul is 21. Hailing from the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, he said he's been involved in climate issues for about four years. I do blue cleanups, cleaning the sea, cleaning the seaside, and even cleaning rivers. We also have international stakeholders, professional swimmers and divers who are helping us. I'm also on the national youth council. We tend to reject youth because we are considered as useless in most societies. I think the youth is not useless, we are simply used less. I also try to be a role model for others. At the university I'm a little bit popular, and since I'm popular I try to do good things. What inspired you to become a climate activist? Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, because they try to promote youth. How do you think your generation's climate activism is different from what's been done in the past? In the past, our voices were oppressed. In my country, we were not given importance. But we're seeing the youth rising, for instance, with the climate strike. We are becoming more motivated. We are becoming more aware. What's the first thing people should do? People at home should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? Education is a priority. The only thing that is destroying humanity is the mentality of people. People are not aware. People will contribute to pollution, will ruin the environment, until they know and understand the importance of their actions, until they become victims Corporations should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? Sponsor youth, provide them with resources, promote them World leaders should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? The laws need to be strict. The laws need to be specific about those who are polluting, those going against the laws. Daniel Gbujie, Climate And The Health Effects Of A Changing Environment. Daniel Gbujie, 30, started getting involved in climate issues about three years ago, when as a young doctor he learned about the health effects of a changing environment. My journey started when I was a delegate of the World Medical Association at the UN Climate Change Convention in Marrakech in 2016. They started telling us the health implications of climate change. What inspired you to become a climate activist? If you've been following the Nigerian narrative, you will understand that there was this Boko Haram incident, "Bring Back Our Girls." People don't know how that incident started. The entire topography in northern Nigeria has changed in the last five years, meaning that herdsmen and cattle don't have grasses. People were just moving with guns and arrows everywhere, looking for grasses. And because there is poor government, officials turned the other eye, and then hundreds of girls went missing. So my organization is trying to tell people where this problem starts from. We've been able to tell people, "Did you know climate change actually caused this senseless killing?" Team 54 Project, the organization I founded, designed a concept around an app that can notify people on the ground about ecological problems. Sometimes when people know the amount of rain coming, they will be able to plan ahead. It's built to be a reporting app that will notify farmers in real time, through SMS. How do you think your generation's climate activism is different from what's been done in the past? Social media has really helped us. We are seeing what people that are not our age are doing. We're seeing what Greta, a 16-year-old, is doing. It's time we work together. What's the first thing people should do? People at home should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? On an individual level, let us all return to organic farming, especially for subsistence farming Corporations should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? It is actually profitable for you as a businessperson to fight this. You are going to have two-thirds of the world population in young people. You are going to have two-thirds of the world population saying they want things that are eco-friendly, things that are vegan World leaders should start doing today to fight the climate crisis? The government needs to give businesses incentives. You just met young climate activist who have worries about the changing climate and their future. Most of them have a different opinion than Naomi Seibt. That does not mean that the ideas from Naomi Seibt are all wrong, or wrong at all. On both camps are scientist who agree with climate change but disagree about the pecentage humanity influences the climate in compare with natural cycles. Naomi Seibt also doubts if solar and wind energy will be a good solution. Recommended:  Renewables In Danger! Solar And Wind Energy: Start Digging Sophia Mathur, 12, Is Taking The Ontario Government To Court Over Climate Change My name is Sophia. I’m 12 years old, and I’m one of the seven young people – backed by Ecojustice – suing the Government of Ontario for weakening the province’s climate targets and violating Ontarians’ Charter rights. For as long as I can remember, I’ve worried about the climate emergency. I’ve attended countless rallies, met with politicians, and spoken at conferences. This fall, I even got to meet Greta Thunberg! Getting to meet one of my heroes was fun. But I’m angry and a little sad that I have to do any of this. I shouldn’t have had to become Canada’s first youth climate striker because in a rich country like Canada, with all our technological capability and access to the best science, governments should be doing much more than they are to lower emissions. I shouldn’t have to miss school to meet with politicians to convince them that my generation, my future is worth fighting for. And I shouldn’t have to take our own government to court to defend our right to a safe climate and healthy environment. Mine east of Suncor in oil sands But we’re in a climate emergency and with our futures on the line, staying home and hoping someone else will fix the problem is not an option. So I’m fighting – for me, for you, and for every living being that makes this planet their home. Recommended:  Climate Lawsuit Against Government Will It Work? Netherlands Two weeks ago, at the press conference announcing our lawsuit, I was really nervous. But I looked over my shoulder and saw my fellow applicants – the six other smart, funny, and daring young climate leaders who are also part of this lawsuit – and felt braver. Then I looked across the stage and saw the powerful legal team Ecojustice has assembled to fight this case on our behalf, and felt stronger. That’s when I knew that, as long as we stick together, we could win. But we’re going to need your help. Everything Ecojustice is doing to support me and my fellow applicants costs money – even though they aren’t charging us a single dollar for their legal services. As an environmental law charity, they count on the generosity of people like you to develop, file, and win important precedent-setting lawsuits just like this one. We all have to be critical to reasons and solutions the various groups come up with to tackle climate change and provide the world with new sources of 'energy'. With everything people and organisations invent we not only have to look at what it brings for the Western World but especially in develping countries. If our clean air means more child labor, environmental destruction and explotation, I wonder if we are on the right track! Before you go! Recommended:  Is Neoliberalism Hurting Our Climate And The Paris Accord? Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about climate activism? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Naomi Seibt And Her Many Opponents On Climate Change
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