Climate change, also called global warming, refers to the rise in average surface temperatures on Earth. An overwhelming scientific consensus maintains that climate change is due primarily to the human use of fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the air. The gases trap heat within the atmosphere, which can have a range of effects on ecosystems, including rising sea levels, severe weather events, and droughts that render landscapes more susceptible to wildfires.
We're facing the biggest environmental challenges our generation has ever seen. No matter what we're passionate about, something we care about will be affected by climate change. Over the years, we've changed the balance of our planet by living beyond our means. We've burnt huge amounts of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil, gas), bred huge amounts of methane- producing livestock and cut down vast swathes of forest, which would naturally absorb carbon dioxide from the air.
- Trapped Carbon dioxide
- Burning of Fossil Fuel
- Cutting down Forest
A rise of just 2°c would mean:
- Severe storms and floods in many countries, particularly impacting coastal areas, with droughts also affecting many parts of the world
- Seas become more acidic, coral and krill die, food chains are destroyed
- Little or no Arctic sea ice in summer – which not only means fewer habitats for polar bears, but also means the global climate warms faster, as there is less polar ice to reflect sunlight.
- Rainforests dying
- Unthinkable loss of ancient ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica, causing dramatic sea level rises
- Mass displacement of people and widespread species loss and extinction
SHF is working with individuals, communities and schools in the following areas:
- Tree Planting
- Create awareness programs on tree planting
- Sensitize people on the dangers associated with climate change
- Educate and train people on the alternative use of sustainable energy.