Climate Change & Poverty
Our climate refers to the condition of the atmosphere or weather at a given period. Climate is an essential part of our daily life, and it directly affects our skin, health, or sometimes, choice of housing. Climate change has a connection with the poverty level. For instance, many families have become displaced or homeless due to floods. An outbreak of famine would definitely cause prices of goods to skyrocket, thereby affecting living standards.
Climatologists and health experts have been giving quite many predictions about future harsh weather conditions and advocating for a Green life. The World Health Organization expected climate changes to bring about a reduction in life expectancy from 2030. If this should happen, communities with fewer infrastructures are bound to suffer.
Children are also at greater risk of dying from harsh weather conditions, especially where their families could not afford to protect them from these conditions. Generally, climatic conditions worsen common illnesses among children, which include diseases caused by malnutrition and deficiencies.
Change in climatic conditions is a great threat to safe drinking, healthy food supply, and of course, safe shelter. A lot of factors are responsible for changes in climatic conditions. They are:
The Greenhouse Effect
This refers to the effect produced by greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, carbons, water vapour, etc. When the sun rises and warms the earth, the greenhouse gases prevent this warmth from escaping into space.
Over the years, scientists have condemned certain human activities that threaten the Ozone layer and contribute to more gas emissions into space. These activities include the burning of natural gas, coal, and oil, which all belong to fossil fuels, deforestation, some technological advancement products, and certain agricultural activities.
While humans breathe in oxygen produced by plants, we breathe out carbon dioxide for plants. Carbon dioxide is also produced from burning fossil fuels and can settle in the atmosphere for as long as possible. However, there is a limit to the amount of carbon dioxide accommodated by plants around us and the oceans, and the situation is made worse through deforestation.
Methane derived from rice cultivation is another factor responsible for reducing greenhouse gases and, consequently, climate change. It majorly blocks the warmth from escaping space and increases the level of heat experienced on earth. Unlike carbon dioxide, it doesn’t get trapped in the atmosphere for centuries.
The last factor responsible for climatic change is a nitro oxide. It warms the atmosphere at a faster speed than carbon dioxide.
Family First, however, disagrees with some of the findings made by certain scientists. We are insistent on the fact that carbon dioxide is plant food and not a pollutant. This position is further strengthened by the failure of the emissions trading scheme in the United Kingdom.
In Australia, such action would have had a great deal of influence on families and pensioners, mostly negative economic implications. Rather, the government’s responsive action should be approved by an inquiry committee, for instance, the royal commission- a finding committee that encourages ideas from all parties.