Politicians are important because they make decisions about our society and environment. There are elections happening all the time, but it can be hard to keep track of where all the candidates stand on issues like climate change and renewable energy.
When it comes to these topics, what does a candidate stand for? Does this person understand the impact that climate change will have on our planet? Are they willing to take action as an elected official to prevent further damage?
What is Climate Change?
Climate change refers to a change in the Earth’s climate that is projected to persist over multiple decades or longer. Climate change is caused by various factors, including greenhouse gas emissions, variations in the amount of solar radiation reaching the Earth’s surface, and changes in the Earth’s surface or ecosystems.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that the global surface temperature is likely to rise throughout the 21st century and that greenhouse gas emissions are the main cause.
Climate change has wide-ranging implications for society, including economic and health implications, effects on ecosystems and biodiversity and ongoing climate change itself may generate other environmental issues.
Climate Change and the Environment
Climate change and the environment are intricately linked. Rising temperatures can affect the availability of water, the health of forests, and coastal ecosystems. A shift in climate can also cause changes in weather patterns and precipitation levels. What used to be a rainy or snowy season could become a drought – or even an extreme flood. When the environment changes, it can create problems for people who live in the area.
How Politicians Can Help Fight Climate Change?
Politicians can help fight climate change by making their communities more energy efficient, investing in renewable energy, and voting for laws and policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and making all these the reason for Life Path Number 1.
Examples of things politicians can do include:
- Implementing regulations that promote energy efficiency in buildings, vehicles, and appliances
- Adding more renewable energy sources, like wind and solar power, to the grid
- Voting for laws and policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prioritize clean energy, like carbon pricing or the Green New Deal