Although I often write about entertainment and books, I have always been keen to discuss environmental issues on my blog. There is no doubt that our seasons are changing due to global warming. This is an issue that needs not only highlighting, but urgently acting upon. Please consider my environmental thought and comment your own take on the subject.
What is the latest?
Today they changed the definition of a heatwave in parts of England. This is a fairly big deal. Where it used to take three consecutive days of temperatures higher than 27 degrees C to constitute a heatwave, it is now going to need to be 28 degrees C. Why is that significant? It is all down to climate change.
Our average temperatures are going up year on year and so what used to be considered an unusual heatwave is now looking much more common. This is a really disturbing fact, given that we all have the power to do something about it. It has life-changing impacts on ecosystems and millions of people.
This is just a short post to highlight this change in definition and keep climate change in your thoughts. I believe that if we all put pressure on big businesses and governments, then we can really make a difference.
On a smaller scale we need to make good choices regarding travel, such as avoiding planes and opting for public transport more. Similarly, take up any opportunities we have to make changes to our home heating and insulation.
Simply choosing ecofriendly products can also make a difference. When we shop, we can decide to buy food that hasn’t flown half way around the world in order to reach our supermarket shelves.
There are so many things that we can do but it is really important that our politicians are persuaded to make drastic changes to the way we fuel our economies. Perhaps the recent energy price hike will help to spur them on with funding energy that doesn’t come from fossil fuels.
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3 thoughts on “An Environmental Thought”
Why change the definition? Just to make it look like there are fewer heat waves in a year? Sounds like the work of climate-change deniers to me!
I think the Met office are saying that these temperatures are so common now that they are not like the one off extremes they used to be. To me it shocks me as those kind of temperatures would have been rare indeed twenty years ago.
I agree! I grew up in Lancashire and I never remember it being hot. The last time I was back in England was 2014 and it was unbelievably hot. My daughters complained that I didn’t pack enough shorts. I told them in all the times I had visited England, I had never packed shorts and never needed them. Kind of scary when you think about it.