Climate change has been voted as the number one challenge humanity faces but very few of us understand what’s really going on. After all, how does one visualise a global temperature rise of one degree celsius? The folks who can really tell you the nitty-gritty version of the story tread the Tundra year after year measuring the effects of climate change on receding glaciers, cracking icebergs and retreating polar bears.
The 20th century has been witness to a ‘staircase’ growth pattern with new technologies being built upon existing infrastructure at an accelerating pace. Ever increasing demands for food and fashion have brought about never before seen levels of pollution. In the greater scheme of things, the world’s population has virtually quadrupled overnight and industries which support our burgeoning race have left no stone unturned to seek new avenues of growth.
In all of this chaotic ‘progress’, our planet has been effected in a manner that has tipped scales which we can not yet sense nor comprehend. The filth we pump into our rivers has the power to change our destiny and prolonged monsoons, harsh summers, and out-of-season cyclones are testimony to the fact that climate change has had a very tangible effect on our ecosystem. The re-introduction of wolves to Yellowstone Park initiated a butterfly effect that eventually changed the direction of its rivers. Imagine the abominable horrors that might be wrought by forces lurking in our waste pits.