What is climate change?

The term ‘climate’, in its broadest
sense, refers to a statistical
description of weather and of
the related conditions of oceans,
land surfaces and ice sheets. This
includes consideration of averages,
variability and extremes. Climate
change is an alteration in the
pattern of climate over a long
period of time, and may be due to a
combination of natural and human-
induced causes. (The Science of Climate Change)

Effects of Climate Change in Uganda (Daily Monitor)

Climate can be caused by Natural factors such as volcano eruptions and variations in the earth’s orbit but man made factors outweigh the natural one.

Green House Gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are mainly responsible for the warming up of the atmosphere, oceans and melting of ice plates and glaciers leading to rise in sea level.

Studies have shown that if the green house gases are controlled there can be a considerable reduction in global warming thus reducing climate change.

Manmade aerosols are also contributing to warming of the earth as they absorb the sun’s radiation which would have evaporated but to the sky.

However, the major contributor to green house effect which is water vapour retains most of the earth’s radiation making the earth warmer as it could be 33°C cooler if it wasn’t for that greenhouse effect.

Climate change happens over time due to changes in climate systems and if the current trends are not checked it is anticipated by experts that by 2100 there will be a considerable change in the earth’s temperature and it can be harder for some countries or impossible for them to manage.

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Green House Gases The Highest Driver Of Global Warming

These inconsistencies in climate systems are a potential consequence of the greenhouse effect by greenhouse gases (GHGs). Examples of greenhouse gases include: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), dinitrogen monoxide or nitrous oxide (N2O), halocarbon gases such as trichlorofluorocarbon (CFCl3) and dichloroflurocarbon (CF2Cl2), water (H2O), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6).

New forests must be planted

The atmospheric concentrations of these gases have been increasing, due to anthropogenic activities.

Global warming has led to the melting of ice on mountains commonly known as glaciers thus increasing sea levels and disrupting acquatic habitats.

New trees must be planted

Due to a rise in sea level water from salty water bodies may mix with water from fresh water bodies killing organisms from fresh water and vise versa. The same applies to habitats from different temperatures if warm and cold water mixes.

Burning of fossil fuels like petroleum has led to the increase of Green House Gases (GHGs) both from industries and vehicles.

Trees which can help regulate these Green House Gases are also being cut for various purposes such as charcoal burning, clearing forests for farm land, construction among others.

Various countries in the world like Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania have embarked on various reafforestation campaigns to help combat these Green house gases.

The increased heating may lead to migration of tropical diseases such as malaria to other areas like Asia and the Middle East due to conditions being favourable for vectors such as mosquitoes and tsetse flies.

Afforestation is the easiest and best water to help in combating green house gases most especially carbon dioxide. The trees help absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow up and release oxygen.

Nations worldwide should embark on this practice to help reduce the effect of these gases.

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Nobel Prize Winner Abiy Ahmed Inspired His Country To Plant 350 Million Trees In Just 12 Hours In July.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel peace prize for stopping the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea but as anti climate change agents we also have a lot to be proud of him.

Mr. Ahmed spearheaded the campaign in July.

The tree planting campaign was spearheaded by the prime minister in his Green Legacy initiative. The target was to plant 200 million trees in 1,000 sites but they planted 350 million trees in just 12 Hours surpassing the target.

Ethiopia broke the record which was held by India since 2016 who planted 50 milion trees in one day.

Nobel Peace Prize 2019 Winner

Afforestation is the the easiest and most effective way to combat rampant climate change in Africa and world over.

The trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it as they grow. Carbon dioxide is the major driver of world heat leading to global warming.

UN’s world wide tree planting program can help remove two thirds of the gas’ emission in the atmosphere coming from human activities per studies made by experts.

Many African countries should borrow a leaf from this gallant leader and do the same to help combat climate change.

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