In the course of the 2000’s, climate and weather patterns have changed dramatically as a result of human activity on this planet.
Despite rising awareness and understanding that the damage we have caused has led to irreversible consequences, it is a reality that goes denied and unacknowledged by many.
Climate change is our reality and at this point in time, we as humans have created such a dire and large-scale impact that which seeks an immediate call to action.
The documentary ‘Chasing Ice’ captures the miraculous tragedy of sea ice and glaciers melting into the sea. The size of which described as “the lower part of Manhattan”.
The issue with sea ice melting is that such an occurrence has so far been unprecedented in history. “Things that normally happen in geologic time are happening during the span of a human lifetime”(D.Fagre, 2014).
Melting glaciers increase global sea levels, destroy habitats and ecosystems as well as represent the destruction we have caused to our environment.
Sea ice also redirects heat energy back out of the atmosphere, with less and less sea ice every year more heat is being absorbed into the earth’s atmosphere as opposed to being redirected. The more heat the earth absorbs the hotter our planet becomes.
Furthermore, the more global sea levels rise the greater the risk that islands and cities closer to the ocean will gradually become completely submerged. Already five of the Solomon Islands have disappeared underwater and a further six more have had dramatic shoreline reduction as a result of anthropogenic climate change (Hayden, 2016).
What is baffling to me is that Climate change is not considered by many as the dire issue that it is. Presently, in the span of our lifetimes we have been witness to islands sinking and century old icebergs melting into nothing. It took an entire century, from 1902-2000 for sea ice to decline closer to the shore by 8 miles. From 2000-2010 the sea ice had declined by 9 miles, which meant that in a mere 10 years it had declined more than it ever has in all of history.
This is a confronting reality, one of which that must dealt with by all because if nothing more is done to make the best out of a bad situation all of our lives will be affected.
This is planetary change that has not been triggered by nature, but by the actions of humans instead. A permanently, damaging change that if not confronted soon could prove to be the end of our existence as we know it.
Sources: Glick, W. (2016). Global Climate Change, Melting Glaciers – National Geographic. [online] National Geographic. Available at: http://environment.nationalgeographic.com.au/environment/global-warming/big-thaw/ [Accessed 9 May 2016].
YouTube. (2016). “CHASING ICE” captures largest glacier calving ever filmed – OFFICIAL VIDEO. [online] Available at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC3VTgIPoGU [Accessed 11 Apr. 2016].
HAYDEN, M. (2016). Five Islands Disappear Into the Pacific Due to Climate Change. [online] ABC News. Available at: http://abcnews.go.com/International/solomon-islands-disappear-pacific-ocean-result-climate-change/story?id=38985469 [Accessed 10 May 2016].