Human Responsibility Before Climate Change
Green San Miguel
By Gaby Morales
Climate change, as it is developing, is an unprecedented phenomenon in the history of humanity. Never before have human beings seen themselves confronting a geological problem of this dimension.
With the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, led by the capitalist ideology of limitless growth, big scale contamination began to take place. England was the most affected in this century; pollution of the air was evident, caused by their excessive use of coal and other fossil fuels.
Even though the pollution problem was becoming evident, no one had an idea of the effects it would cause. Nevertheless, with the increase of technology though time, humankind was able to achieve unimaginable things. But we are now seeing the consequences of how the manipulation of nature and the use of natural resources for the creation of things can affect the ecosystem and all human and non-human beings who inhabit it, meaning, all components of the biosphere.
One of the worst effects is global warming or climate change. Global warming is a phenomenon that increases the temperature of the earth, mainly provoked by greenhouse gases, which also increases sea levels because of the defrosting of the poles. We human beings are the only ones who can take actions to lessen these effects. We also have been the main actors in causing this devastation.
Our task is to become conscious of the effects of our actions and modify our behavior in order to preserve the world. This means being responsible for and with our day-to-day actions and increasing our feeling of responsibility while looking towards the future.
It is important to point out that as a species, we have become a geological force capable of starting hurricanes and all kinds of “natural disasters.” Ecological contamination and climate change are not accidents of our era. They are the direct aftermath of our way of thinking and acting.
Let us remember that new generations will inhabit our planet Earth, and we must consider the state in which we will leave it for them.
On November 30 the Climate Change Gathering (COP 21) will take place in Paris, where leaders will gather to agree how the world will respond to this drastic climate change.
To participate in this very important meeting, citizens of San Miguel de Allende will be attending the event “SMA-PARIS COP21 Climate Change Sensitization Event” on November 28 and 29 in various locations around town. Talks, ecological and sustainable workshops, and artistic events will be carried out to support this cause.
If you’re conscious of the ecological problems and you are interested in collaborating, please join us every Tuesday at 7:30pm at Via Orgánica, Margarito Ledesma 2, Colonia Guadalupe. Call Sabrina 415 109 1269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Find us on Facebook: SMA PARIS COP21. Or visit https://sanmigueldeallendecop21paris.wordpress.com.