For a couple of days, on our small little island was engulfed in the fumes of a haze. So as we ended our three-year streak of clean air, we were slightly less than prepared for the oncoming winds.
The origins of the haze did not differ from its predecessors. A little agricultural activity has hurt the lands once more, and the Earth is sending up signals of distress for everyone to see.
We could say that we are nothing more than just victims of an unfortunate event. We cannot impose a large-scale climate catastrophe that will affect millions of people. So, there should not be any fault in us. Right?
The haze is a minuscule happening as compared to what is going on in the world. Forest fires, melting glaciers, sea levels rising. Those are just a few of dire calamities that contributes to the calling for "Climate Emergency" in many countries today.
Well, how is it affecting us? We sometimes seem to forget that we are a city-state and have no means of cultivating our livestock with our limited space. We have to realise that just by sending a dismissive "It's bad." to the world, will not prevent the results that will adversely harm us too.
We will be affected by the feedback loops that ensure our present actions determine if we would see the worst climate catastrophes.
And how soon.
Global warming is real and is gaining traction. It is not a myth that is created to combat consumerism. It is taking lives and foreshadows the end of our security. It is the product directly fueled by our never-ending wants and desires.
We can take the small steps on our own and try to lead a more sustainable life. We can swap plastic straws for bamboo ones or invest in reusable cotton pads rather than disposable pieces.
Nevertheless, at the rate that the Earth is warming up, are our actions enough? Does everyone understand that our choices lead to the outcome of our future? Do we have enough time till 2050 for carbon neutrality?
Or are we "losing the race" as said by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres.
Nur Fathin (@nrfathyn)
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