As part of their module, Writing for Journalism, Media and Film students highlight the effects of climate change on our world, please see articles below:
Going Green – My Environment Advice and Tips
Ireland’s environment is a fundamental and high-quality national asset that provides a strong foundation for healthy and contented lives. Here are a few VITAL TIPS to make it better, cleaner and safer to be in.
Make Your Voice Heard: You can voice out your concerns on the issue to big businesses and corporations, do public volunteer work with many others or write a letter to a local newspaper.
Reuse Single-Use Items(eg. plastic): Find reusable options to use more than once other than straws, disposable razors and plastic grocery bags. You can reuse those items when they’re well and necessary after first use.
Buy Locally, Eat More Plants and Compost: When you buy locally, you can get foods in a FRESHER and FLAVOURABLE state and cut down on transportation and processing. Grow your own fruits and vegetables in your back garden and eat more, cutting down on several meat servings. Instead of dumping away wet waste, compost them for your other plants in your back garden. Composting also reduces volumes in landfills.
Plant Trees and Landscapes with Native Plants: Green living areas in cities and suburbs are VITAL as they do their part in keeping the environment clean. By planting a tree and a few plants today, water can be conserved, carbon pollution is reduced, local wildlife is supported and unadulterated oxygen can be made a reality for our kids.
Reduce Use of Greenhouse Gases: If this action is undertaken, the world can be more supported along with the local environments and prevent sunlight OVERHEATING the Earth. When this happens, this is a form of GLOBAL WARMING.
So please, follow these tips and make the world and the environment around you a much better place. Our actions are deemed consequential all the time but make sure you make the right choices this time around to ensure Earth’s survival for many more years.
BLOOD RED SKY
Since September 2019 Australia has been suffering from horrendous bush fires. It has been estimated that over 1 billion animals have died in these. Also 24 million acres of the forest has been decimated and turned to ash. This is larger than Portugal. This has been recorded as Australia’s worst fire season in history and this is due to the rising of temperature and wind speed. What fueled the situation even more was that before these fires had even begun the country had also been suffering from one of the hottest and driest years on record. What has been the root cause of these damaging environmental conditions? Climate change!
Scientists in the UK have suggested that the fires in Australia will be considered normal weather conditions in the future. If actions are not taken to reduce emissions that are damaging the ozone layer. The temperature of the world is rising by 3C each year. Australia itself has in increased by 1.4 degrees over the world average. The bush fires have also caused a vast amount of air pollution around the country. Images have shown the sky turning from bright blue to blood red. Smoke levels have surpassed alarming levels over major cities like Sydney and Melbourne. It was blatantly evident when a female tennis player collapsed in a fit of coughing during the Australian open.
This is just the beginning of a new world if no proper action is taken to reduce the effects of climate change. We have 30 years to do it.
‘’How you can help your environment?’’
There are numerous ways you can help your environment today. Recycling is a very simple thing to do, but easily ignored and this is devastating to our environment. Many garbage disposals offer recycling services, so check with a company you use to see to help you get started. For example, you could consider, Allied Recycling or Rubbish Taxi.
Water is wasted more often than we can see. Do you often leave the tap running when you are not using it? Some advice for you, turn off the faucet while you are brushing your teeth, don’t turn your shower on until you are ready to get in and try to limit your water usage as you wash the dishes. Try fill up your sink with water and detergent, turn off your tap and start to wash your dishes. Using a basin will make it more beneficial and easier for you.
Instead of buying individually packaged drinks why not consider buying a reusable water bottle. Not only will this help the environment but it will help you save money. The ability to be able to clean and reuse your reusable water bottle is invaluable!
Car pollution is one of the major causes of global warming. Cars and trucks emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases which harm our environment. Car pollutants can harm human health and cause respiratory problems to the human body. Taking public transportation, cycling or even walking will help benefit your environment to a greater extent.
These are some of the many tips and advice which will help benefit your environment!
By the year 2100, global temperatures are expected to rise by 2.6 degrees Celsius, 4.8 in the worst case scenario. A rise in temperature of this magnitude could come with some disastrous implications for the environment. Food shortages, the extinction of entire species and the loss of coastal towns and cities are just a few of the things that will happen if we don’t make a change now.
Since 1906, the global temperature has risen by 1.6 degrees Celsius. We don’t have to look very far to find evidence that suggests this rise in temperature has made a huge change to the environment. The bush fires in Australia and the polar ice caps melting are both down to human induced climate change. By 2050, the great barrier reef could be no more, this is just one of the many terrifying outcomes of global warming that will happen in our lifetimes.
It’s up to us to put a stop to this, if we don’t, no one will. As the young people of Ireland we have a responsibility to look after the earth because it’s our home. Start making small changes today!
Welcome to the green side...we have bamboo
Sarah O’ Sullivan
Over the past few years, going green has become mandatory. People are slowly coming around to the idea of renewability and recycling. So, here are some questions that are asked regularly on how to become more energy and renewability aware!
How do I start?
Consider using renewable coffee mugs instead of constantly buying the coffee cups and then throwing away the cup which can’t even be recycled. Most coffee shops give discounts to people who use renewable mugs instead of the throw-away cups. Stay warm people! If you like that idea, then move onto plastic straws and cutlery, maybe consider using your own plates and cutlery, instead of the plastic plates and forks. Although it might be a little bit more cleaning up, take advantage of the Eco setting on your dishwasher! You can get metal straws and a little cleaner to go with them. #SaveTheTurtles #ISwearImNotVsco #Sksksk #HelpMeICantStop
The next step in your ‘go to green’ life could be healthcare. You can start using biodegradable healthcare products like bamboo toothbrushes, cotton swabs and floss- although the floss isn't bamboo, it is biodegradable. The bamboo toothbrushes are literally so cute and are soooo soft. You can get them at www.bamboogaloo.com or even other bamboo healthcare sites. Don't let me stop you! These toothbrushes are made with bamboo, moso, that pandas don’t even eat so they can keep snacking all day long. To all my makeup users, the number of wipes or cotton pads that we use to wipe off makeup is substantial and obviously these can't be recycled. So why not use reusable makeup pads. They are washing machine friendly and even come in a little baggie you can put them in. You can get these on amazon or anywhere! So, start that online shopping and go green!
Tackling the Irish environment
Irelands fresh and green landscapes attract many tourists each year and our natural environment is renowned throughout the world. But is the Irish soil as clean as we think it is?
Due to global warming and economic problems, many countries are trying to have 100% renewable energy usage. At least 30 nations around the world already have 100% renewable energy contributions, but what about Ireland? In Ireland we use more than 14.4 million tons of oil equivalent. This is a major increase from the 9.8 million tons used during 1994.
Our energy consumption is rising year by year which is natural for a growing economy, but as a nation, and we aren't achieving as much as our other EU counterparts. shockingly, we are the joint second lowest in the EU. Germany, Sweden and the UK are a few of the many countries that are way ahead of us and are making a significant change.
The Irish water is also questionable. During 2017, a whopping 21,657 Irish people were affected by Boil-Notices for their drinking water, which surprisingly, is a reduction from the 83,044 people affected by boil notices in 2016. This ridiclous amount of effect can cause any of us to hesitate to drink the irish water ever again.
And as for the pollution? Breathing polluted air is thought to kill more than 1,100 people in Ireland each year. This goes largely unnoticed. Many things are causing this. In 2016, 71 per cent of new cars were diesel the highest share of any European country. With all these diesel cars, there is more nitrogen oxide on the road and street. The same roads and street that is occupied with children and babies. And the government isn't doing anything about it .
With all of this information, we are only left to think of the Irish environment and how much work we have to do. This idea of Ireland being fresh and green is a myth that we need to expose.
“The world’s on fire and it’s about to expire!”
These apocalyptic words from Prodigy came to mind as I watched events unfold across Australia on television recently. Such scenes appear with such alarming regularity that we have almost become desensitised to them. The causal effect between carbon emissions and the global warming that has given rise to similar climate catastrophes is proven. Yet, neither governments nor corporate bodies seem minded to intervene in any meaningful way. While I find the virtue-signalling of activists, including Greta Thunberg, to be both ineffectual and counterproductive, their criticism of these entities is wholly justified.
We must, therefore, act as citizens and consumers to effect such change, if we are ever going to regularise global temperatures to where they were a few short decades ago. Ultimately, we, as consumers, determine market trends and their corresponding production requirements. It is these powerful marketing forces that are driving the problems associated with global warming and environmental pollution. In changing our patterns of behaviour as consumers, we can become agents of change, either by reducing our consumption or in sourcing sustainable alternatives. As citizens we can no longer “whistle past the graveyard”. Some eco-systems may have already reached a tipping point and are irredeemable. The election of more ‘green’ politicians and public officials would send a signal to our political establishment that the old order is rapidly changing and requires the requisite response. Use your vote and become part of the solution and not just another net contributory factor in the steady decline in the quality of life on Earth. Time, much like many of the world’s once plentiful resources, is fast running out.