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The Day after Tomorrow: Impact of Global Warming on Society
Global warming is a condition that has already started and, unfortunately, will continue to worsen in the upcoming years. It is a condition that everyone must be made aware of. The implementation of measures against the impacts of global warming will only be done correctly if everyone is well-informed of the problem. It is expected that global warming will have a variety of effects on society and many aspects related to it.
Expected Impacts of Global Warming
The first thing that global warming affects is the surroundings. Since people rely on their surroundings, these will affect them too.
- Higher temperatures – Along with the melting of ice caps on Polar Regions, higher temperatures brought on by global warming will be expected. This affects not only the habitat of animals but also the lifestyle of people living in cold and coastal areas.
- Agriculture – As the temperature changes, the acidity in the soil may also change. Moreover, plants will start to adapt to the changes and there is a possibility for new plant breeds to be discovered. Some plants that survive on colder weather may be seen less across the globe.
- Human health – The human body is able to adapt to changes in the weather through years of experiencing the changes. However, as these changes become more extreme, the body might not have enough time to cope with them. This could lead to more people getting sick as their immune systems fail. New sicknesses can also arise as well as variations of old sicknesses.
- Extreme weather – There will be more extreme weather and weather disturbances. Tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, and even volcanic eruptions can be expected with a rise in temperature.
Before more serious effects of global warming hits the environment, people must already start preparing countermeasures. Depending on these factors, you can find ways to adapt and survive climate change.
Variances in Feeling the Impact
Global warming impacts different places differently. This is because of the differences in temperature—hotter regions will grow hotter, while colder regions will only start to feel warm. The melting of ice caps will also cause a change in the air currents. The means and physical ability of people to adapt to these changes matter.
- Different effects on different locations – The world is not flat and homogenous. There are differences in locations; some live near the water, some live up in the mountains, and others inhabit the city. Global warming may hit all these locations at once, but living near the water provides a source of food that won’t easily run out. Living up in the mountains provides some cool shelter (before the vegetation has difficulties in survival). And being in the city makes everything within reach in case of an accident.
- Different effects on different lifestyles – The ability to cope with the changes brought on by global warming will be impacted greatly by the lifestyle that a person leads. A person heavily relying on foods grown in cold climates may find it hard to find food unless they switch to a different diet.
- Different effects on different ages – Young and old people can both be vulnerable to drastic changes in the temperature. Younger people with still-developing immune systems and older people with already-weakening bodies may get sick more often. Consequently, there will be an increase in health problems experienced by unhealthy adults.
As unfair as it may seem, different walks of life and different ages will experience the effects of global warming on differing levels. This all boils down to the body’s ability to protect itself, and of course, the surroundings present different dangers and the protection provided by more secure households will play a part in it.
How the Society will Adapt
The society, as we know it, will change in order to adapt to the impacts of global warming. Work industries, professions, geographic location, social status, and nearness to coastal areas will all contribute to the changes in society.
- Coastal areas – With the melting of ice caps, the water level will rise, and this means danger for those who are living dangerously close to the coast. Fishing villages may need to relocate, thus prompting a change in lifestyle.
- Professions and industries – Professions related to the environment such as tourism and agriculture may take a step back. With the changes in the environment that cannot be predicted, more effort needs to be put into researching and catching up with these effects. Scientists and experts on weather changes will be needed more than anything.
- Geographic location – Living in the city makes everything accessible, but the one downfall it has is that the city absorbs more heat. This makes it harder for people to live when global warming becomes worse. There will be an increase in heat-related health problems.
- Socio-political status – Unfortunately, one’s socio-political status will affect the ability to cope. Poverty-stricken environments will not have the means to relocate to a better environment or to combat the sicknesses and hardships brought on by global warming.
Global warming is not the first change that will happen to the society, although it may yet be the worst. Regardless, the society will be able to adapt, making the necessary changes in order to survive and be orderly again. However, living in a damaged world and fighting for resources does not make the battle fair. Being in the wrong profession, living in the wrong environment, and being poor may affect your chances of survival. It would be advised to improve on these things while there is still time, but improving them is not as easily done as it is said.
Population Increase and the Impacts of Global Warming
The incremental increase in population that has been experienced in the recent years is one of the reasons why the impacts of global warming are being felt drastically. With more people inhabiting the planet, there is more heat circulating in the atmosphere from carbon dioxide in the air. Along with that, chemicals that are used to provide for those additional people cause damage to the atmosphere and contribute to the worsening heat.
The world is overpopulated, and it is currently not giving everyone enough room to breathe. Unfortunately, as global warming’s effects start to worsen it cannot be helped that the population will be decreased due to extreme weather changes and health problems resulting in deaths.
Global Warming and Crimes
Another alarming effect that global warming seems to have on the society is on social behavior. In more recent studies, there has been an increase in domestic violence, robbery, suicide, murder, and assaults in places where global warming’s effects could already be felt. In a local standpoint, these effects would be easily seen in the increased crime rate in the city where the heat does not circulate properly and affects human behavior.
With the release of studies warning of this correlation, policemen, scientists, and meteorologists can combine their efforts to come up with preventive measures for a growing crime rate. By being able to determine the changes in temperature, crimes may not only be stopped, but actually prevented.
There is no stopping global warming, but there are ways to lessen its effect. Becoming more aware of the environment and doing everything to protect it is the priority. However, one should also begin thinking about the big possibility of drastic changes and should start preparing by strengthening the body, packing provisions, and finding better housing. In the end, it is all about survival. And to survive, one must first be aware of the problem, how it can be lessened, and how it will affect you.