Climate change is a multi-headed monster! Although the scientific community claims to understand the impacts of climate change to a great extent, the actual situation appears to suggest that a lot needs to be further learnt.
One thing we know for sure is that climate change is a very real phenomenon that is primarily caused by human activities and it is definitely not a naturally occurring phenomenon. Let’s have a brief look at the tangible negative impacts of climate change on the planet.
The climate crisis is heating up oceans and melting ice sheets and glaciers at unprecedented rates, causing sea level rise that could affect 1 billion people by 2050. Drastic and swift-moving changes to our oceans and the cryosphere—the Earth’s snow and ice-covered places—are one of the most dramatic consequences of global warming.
A noticeable fact from the above quote is that climate change consequences are mainly viewed from humans perspective. However, what appears to be more pragmatic is when climate change impacts also include its effects on other creatures that call earth as their home. It is because there are species of wildlife and flora that have been adversely impacted by the climate change too.
How human-driven climate change disrupts the animal habitat?
Our prolific commercial activities and the need for extra comfort have led to pollution of all sorts. So much so that even light and noise are also a source of pollution that is being studied now. We have destroyed the natural habitat of animals. Going by the numbers provided by GreenPeace, as much as 80% of the world’s forests have been destroyed or irreparably degraded. When we destroy forests then we also destroy spaces that animals call their home.
As a natural consequence, two things would happen. One, the animal species will either become extinct or will be on the path of extinction; two, they would start ingressing into human habitat. Both of which are disastrous for the animal kingdom.
Fact Check: A sweeping report provided by Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services assessing the state of the natural world found that humans are having an “unprecedented” and devastating effect on global biodiversity, with about 1 million animal and plant species now threatened with extinction.
In fact, we don’t need data and statistics to understand the negative consequences of climate change on the animal world. Just look around you and think for a moment, you would surely observe that some birds, insects or animals that you could easily spot when you were a child are nowhere to be seen now.
The best examples of the animal world and nature reclaiming things are observed at many places around the world during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Humans are forced to halt their own activities, as consequence animals are seen roaming in the urban areas all across the world. The air pollution is at its lowest ever globally. Just another small but a strong reminder of human’s negative role in the ecosystem. Let us recognize, understand, and act on the importance of living sustainably if we truly wish to see our planet to recover itself.