Youth need to Embrace to care for nature -YSF
Human activities today have contributed 95% to global warming today.
Global warming, the phenomenon of increasing average air temperatures near the surface of Earth over the past one to two centuries. This change has disturbed the climatic pattern of the earth. However, the concept of global warming is quite controversial but the scientists have provided relevant data in support of the fact that the temperature of the earth is rising constantly.
There are several causes of global warming, which have a negative effect on humans, plants, and animals. These causes may be natural or might be the outcome of human activities. In order to curb the issues, it is very important to understand the negative impacts of global warming. To help educate people globally the Youth Sustainability Festival aims at raising awareness of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. The 2021 edition of YSF took place virtual with many experts in the field of geography and global warming to grace the program.
some personalities who grace the program were; Fionah Njeri (Kenya), Pamela Okutoyi (Kenya), Halima Imam (Nigeria), Jackson Nyarko (Benin), Hanson Appiah-Twum (Sweden), Joshua Opoku Agyemang (Ghana), Ibrahim Adams Yorda (Ghana), Frances Bekey (Nigeria), Ing. Enoch Asante (Ghana), Hon. Ing. Kobby Amoa-Mensah, Abdul-Kawiyu Zakariyao, Emmanuel Miracle Marfo PhD (Ghana), Olive Mumbo (Kenya)
Countries around the world acknowledged the imperative to act on climate change with the Paris Agreement in 2015, making pledges to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which synthesizes the scientific consensus on the issue, has set a goal of keeping warming under 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) and pursuing an even lower warming cap of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit).
The primary way to solve global warming is to eliminate the role of fossil fuels in the modern society wherever possible. This means transitioning to renewable and carbon-free energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydro which cause less than 3% of the greenhouse gas emissions of fossil fuel energy sources.
Secondarily, deforestation should be prevented and replaced with sustainable forestry and land-use practices. Because plants breathe in carbon dioxide and store it, they actually remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
To reduce and stop emissions of greenhouse gases including Carbon Dioxide, Methane, and Nitrous Oxide
there must be a need to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by allowing forests, oceans, and other natural systems to act as carbon sinks – which is what they naturally do. We can encourage this removal of greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere by ending deforestation, ocean habitat destruction and promoting sustainable forestry by increasing awareness, people and businesses can adopt more sustainable practices in their daily activities. It strives to educate and promote sustainable development in the community.
Electricity production must come from clean energy sources such as hydro, wind, and solar. 28.4% of 2016 emissions in the world are from electricity production.
Industry must learn to capture emissions from chemical production, cement production and utilize green energy for all energy needs. 50.6% of 2016 greenhouse gas emissions in the world are from industry.
Residential and Commercial owners must become efficient with the heating and cooling of buildings, as well as utilizing green energy such as solar and wind. 40.5% of 2016 greenhouse gas emissions in the world are from residential and commercial users – primarily from heating and electricity use.
Agricultural practices must be improved to use fewer fertilizers, less industrial production of beef, and better sustainable agricultural practices such as sustainable crop rotation and reduced tilling of the soil (which releases carbon). 9% of 2016 greenhouse gas emissions in the USA were from agriculture
Recycling and recovery can improve the livelihoods of thousands of information waste reclaimers. Bringing waste under control in Africa and unlocking the opportunities that, “waste” provides “resources”, “trash” is “treasure” and “plastic” is “fantastic”, will require the cooperation of government, businesses, and civil society.
We must be able to generate something out of waste. We must get involved in doing environmental clean-ups.
According to engineer kobby Mensah said, young people must be alert and ready to help stop global warming now before it’s becoming worse.
” Accept the challenge to help stop global warming now before we start breathing toxic substances in the air”
Ibrahim Halimatu Sadia
A student of the Ghana Institute of Journalism who has the ambition of becoming a newscaster and a TV personality.,
She is adventurous, creative, and adaptive. She is studying BA Communication in Journalism