Climate change is happening at an unprecedented rate. As more harmful gases are released, the world continues to heat up exponentially. It is causing issues for many creatures and their habitats, and most people are scrambling to come up with a solution. However, some people seem intent on doing their utmost to undo everyone else's efforts.
Bees are essential in our lives, yet so many humans are having a terrible impact on them, often without even realizing. Luckily, some people are starting to speak up to make the world take action.
There is an environmental emergency.
“MPs have passed a motion making the UK parliament the first in the world to declare an “environment and climate em… https://t.co/YaE31sJBG7— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg)1556740082.0
What is Extinction Rebellion?
"Amid simmering public... dissatisfaction with government inaction on the climate [and ecological crisis],... [… https://t.co/h18R832BSm— Extinction Rebellion (@Extinction Rebellion)1556804410.0
What did they do?
All the small steps taken this week by @ExtinctionR protestors will one day soon be seen as a giant leap for humank… https://t.co/ExCAWmGECg— Chris Packham (@Chris Packham)1555862014.0
It was a peaceful protest.
No great photographic merit, but for the historical record here's the last arrest - of soooo many - that I shot dur… https://t.co/lSiBB3ZT6P— Ron F (@Ron F)1556297941.0
It is a movement that unites everyone, including celebrities.
British actress Emma Thompson has joined London's Extinction Rebellion protest, imploring governments to 'stop stal… https://t.co/CwtWAROK7q— SBS News (@SBS News)1555648923.0
Now the Extinction Rebellion movement has gone international.
Nature’s Graveyard - a temporary memorial to just some of the species Australia has lost in the past 200 years.… https://t.co/V1IiGa8JzD— Extinction Rebellion Australia (@Extinction Rebellion Australia)1556684566.0
In America, it is the Sunrise Movement that is making an impact.
The fight for a #GreenNewDeal won't be won in closed door meetings in Washington, DC—it'll be won when millions of… https://t.co/y2apVb8MwC— Sunrise Movement 🌅 (@Sunrise Movement 🌅)1554904811.0
What is the Green New Deal?
The #GreenNewDeal getting ready for 2020 https://t.co/dym1oliEnz— Konstantine Anthony - Burbank City Council🌹♿🧠 (@Konstantine Anthony - Burbank City Council🌹♿🧠)1556802456.0
Extreme weather is a result of human-induced climate change.We can all see that there have been some huge changes in the climate over the last few years. In a lot of countries, it's been in the form of early springs, more extreme winters, far hotter summers, and generally less predictable weather. But, while in Europe, and, to some extent, America, the weather changes are easy to brush under the carpet, in the rest of the world, the changes are far more dangerous.
It is often the poorer countries that suffer the most.
Cyclone Kenneth between Madagascar, Mozambique and Tanzania. Lets pray for these countries. 🌧 💨 🌬 ☔️ #CycloneKenneth https://t.co/C9XBiuhS4h— Kemang Leluma (@Kemang Leluma)1556204520.0
We live in an age of extremes.
In Chicago, "the risk of almost instant frostbite.” In Australia, the kindergartner who “will hardly have seen rai… https://t.co/zmS9QfmfcB— Jesse Pesta (@Jesse Pesta)1548849483.0
The world is heating up.
"It's time to act like the house is on fire, because it is." @GretaThunberg There is no time to waste, there is n… https://t.co/0tHGZ4JmqM— Mike Hudema (@Mike Hudema)1556727565.0
Natural habitats are being destroyed.The change in climate is, of course, having a huge impact on nature. Plants and crops are struggling to grow in these new conditions. They are also being affected by a change to animals and insects' lives. As their habitats are changed, in large part by the expansion of farmlands or energy sources, they are no longer able to survive. This, in turn, affects the pollination of many plants, flowers, and crops.
Humans have wiped out 60% of animals.A report by the World Wildlife Foundation shows that from 1970 to 2014, humans caused a wipeout of 60% of mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles. The natural world is critical for both our food and our clean water, as well as for regulating the Earth's climate, pollution, and pollination.
More people are turning to veganism.As a result of the effects on farmland, a startling amount of people have started to become vegetarians and even vegans. In fact, in 2017 there was a 987% increase in people becoming vegetarians and the number of people turning vegan quadrupled from 2012 to 2017. They are hoping to limit their negative effect on the environment. The effect of livestock on the environment is two-fold.
Farm animals release massive amounts of methane.Firstly, livestock such as cattle and sheep emit huge quantities of methane gas. It is like carbon dioxide, but the negative effect on the climate is 23 times worse. This means that the average amount of methane that a cow emits in one year is the same as driving 12,500 km a year. This distance is similar to driving from Seattle to Miami three times.
Deforestation is a big problem with farming.The second big impact of rearing livestock is the amount of land that they require. Deforestation is taking place at a rapid rate in order to feed us meat. At the same time, the livestock also needs to be fed, which takes up further land. In order to have land for the livestock and their food, habitats of hundreds of other species are being destroyed.
Life is not always as simple as it seems.The problem with becoming vegan is that it is still not black and white; there is still a lot of research that needs to be done. For example, to produce 1 liter of almond milk, it requires 6,098 liters of water. Another example is the production of soy, which is used for animal feed and tofu. It is causing huge amounts of deforestation across South America. This means that tofu from deforested areas of Brazil has twice the carbon footprint of chicken, which may be reared closer to home without requiring deforestation.
Why can't vegans eat avocados?
Watched QI again I just had to make sure avocados are not vegan 🌱 #avocados #vegan are they really a berry? https://t.co/epK7dPlTBw— Gareth Blake-Coggins (@Gareth Blake-Coggins)1539416368.0
Everyone likes bees.Bees have strangely become increasingly popular over the last few years as people have started to take their plight to heart. They look warm and fuzzy plus they only sting once, if under attack, and then they die. Sadly, the same cannot be said for wasps' popularity, despite doing a similar job and the fact that it is only a minority of social wasps that sting...
Honey bees are worth a lot of money.Honey bees are pollinators. They gather pollen and nectar as food for their colony. When they travel from plant to plant, bits rub of pollen rub off from their bodies to the flowers, this helps them to pollinate. The process is an essential part of crop pollination and contributes nearly $20bn to the value of US crop production.
Crops rely on bees to pollinate.Almonds and avocados depend entirely on bees for pollination, and blueberries and cherries are 90% dependent. It is for this reason that there are claims that vegans shouldn't eat them. In order to pollinate the crops, bee colonies are transported to farms, which takes them away from their natural habitats and can severely impact their survival rates.
Bees are facing extinction.Many species of bees are facing extinction for a number of reasons. One key reason is that bees are suffering from Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). The reasons for CCD are mostly human-induced. Pesticides, herbicides and habitat loss all have a huge impact on bees' survival rates, as well as parasitic mites and viruses.
So should vegans avoid food that bees have pollinated?VeganLife argues that veganism is about avoiding the exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals "as far as is possible and practicable". They argue that it would be almost impossible to avoid any foods that have been pollinated by bees, but that it is about doing the best you can. But in Texas, someone has delivered a significant setback.
Beekeeping is a popular hobby.
Even Morgan Freeman does it. And in Brazoria County in Angleton, near Houston, Texas, people were doing their best to cultivate bees in a natural environment at the Brazoria County Beekeepers Association. It is a place wherein people not only seek to have a positive impact on the environment but also a place where people keep a quiet hobby and wish to raise awareness about bees. But all that has been destroyed now.
Someone has destroyed twenty-four bee colonies.
An unknown suspect tore apart the beehives and then set them on fire. This malicious act has killed more than 500,000 bees; it's caused several thousand dollars' worth of damage, and taken away a valuable asset to the community. It is an incomprehensible action.
People online can't believe what they are seeing.
@CNN why are people so wicked https://t.co/si42WwPkrr— Nwa Anayọ Eze (@Nwa Anayọ Eze)1556780365.0