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The Food Chain: Who Is Most Affected by Climate Change by City Tech Blogger Joel Quispe

As we all know, food is one of the most important things needed to survive.  Humans have  evolved throughout the centuries thanks to a knowledge of hunting and growing crops from earth’s natural resources. Therefore, the idea of not having enough food sounds nonsensical. Nowadays the world is divided into categories of wealth, starting from the affluent people who can afford all their needs. Next is the middle class who strive to move up in their category and can sustain themselves properly as their income is average. But in the last category, the less fortunate, whose resources range from poverty to extreme poverty, have very little to survive.  The main idea in my article is to try to portray a message for everyone as we all are affected by natural disasters. But in my personal opinion, it seems as the most severely affected are the poor or lower-income people who live in the riskier geographic locations where heat waves, floods, drought, plagues, unstable climate, etc. occur. These disasters leave total destruction in their wake for the poor as they have so little.

Countries economically are divided from developed to developing countries. Governments in developed countries have more laws and legislation that protect their population.  On the other side, in developing countries, their land is being used and transformed into factories or industrial plants to feed the rest of the world. Developed countries such as the USA import most of these products. The world is overpopulated, and at this point, resources can’t be replenished as quickly as they are being used. Mass building and use of nonrenewable energy seem the worst practices that have been impacting the planet. Deforestation around places that used to be green land areas is rampant as developing sectors use factories, piping lines, roads, and more fossil fuels.  This is causing a global temperature increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius. People need to pay attention to what is going on around our planet: this imbalance and unstable weather are the result of greenhouse gas emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends reaching out, understanding, and being conscious of the fact that the destruction of the ecosystem affects every living being on earth.

We all should try to decrease carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion and shift from coal to natural gas. We should also use renewable energy in the electric power sector. Also, eating less meat could significantly boost the planet’s ability to fight climate change.

How can we change all that, because it seems as if we can’t live without industrial processes? We could lessen the damage that has already been created, and doing so would actually be more cost-effective in the long-run. “The countries that are likely to be most severely impacted by climate change are often low-income places that have not been the leading contributors to global warming,” researchers said. “Farmers in these places will have to adapt to more intense weather patterns, droughts, and floods, as well as their land decreasing in yield” (Westons & Carlsons).

 

Citation:

“IV.C.2f-4 INTERNATIONAL BOVINE MEAT AGREEMENT.” International Law & World Order: Westons & Carlsons Basic Documents, n.d. https://doi.org/10.1163/2211-4394_rwilwo_sim_032417.

https://time.com/5648082/un-climate-report-less-meat/

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