An introduction to Climate Change

  • What causes climate change?

The industrial revolution which took place at the beginning of the 19th century drastically changed the way humans interacted with our planet, ecological system, and any other living species. This revolution mainly originated in Europe and in the United States of America, regions populated mainly by Christians. 

‘Christianity is the most anthropocentric religion the world has seen’ – Lynn White.

Maybe this was the main reason why industrialized countries took the harshest measures to achieve development in industrializing the whole world and transforming it as a fundament of their economy. Only decades later, after the industrial revolution had already happened, some groups of these societies started thinking about the ways we were going towards development. Over time, these groups have launched alarms that humans were destroying the place they were living in and soon this was supported by scientists, based on the results of research on Global Climate Change.

  • Do we have any observations on climate change?

‘Scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal’Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Sadly, according to the results of the observation conducted by NASA for the last couple of decades, real scientific pieces of evidence exist and they are the reason why even the biggest international industrial corporations believe in climate change and acknowledge it as one of the biggest threats to humanity. Even though scientific evidence proves that climate change is real and the owners of the biggest corporations acknowledge its existence, effective steps towards stopping it have not been taken yet. The production of the biggest factories that manufacture consumer goods every year which are worth billions of dollars has not been slowed down even by 1 percent. Instead of slowing down, the world’s biggest countries are competing to have the biggest and strongest economies in the world and therefore they are increasing the production of consumer goods, speeding up the processes of climate change and global warming all around the world.

  • Whose fault is it?

‘The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century’ – NASA, 2016. 

According to scientific research, climate change occurs routinely on earth over specific time periods which last a couple hundred centuries and already happened in the lifetime of planet Earth. This type of climate change is not a threat to our planet since it is a natural process and is intended to happen. However, according to the above mentioned research, the climate change and global warming which we are witnessing right now is not a natural process and is something that human actions have caused. Therefore, this process is a real issue which threatens our existence as humans and the Earth itself. Skeptics who do not believe in climate change and have different theories often say that the climate change that we are witnessing right now is just a natural process and state of our planet Earth and has nothing to do with the harmful actions of humans. But, as mentioned above, the climate change we are facing today exists ‘unequivocally as the result of human activity since the mid-20th century’ (IPCC, 2021).