We all talk about climate change and end up blaming the government for not taking measures to prevent it. But my friend we all are somehow responsible for climate change directly or indirectly. We not only contributing to climate change instead, but our actions are also speeding up the process of climate change. How? Because of our lifestyle and wrong products we use or diet we follow; all ends up affecting the climate somehow. We want all luxuries in our life but all these luxuries come at a cost. So, Today we are going to learn about the industries, which are speeding up the process of climate change.

Agriculture 

In agriculture, pesticides are used to kill pests and insects, which harm the crops. But the excessive use of these pesticides and other chemicals, used by the agriculture industries may lead to the destruction of biodiversity and pollute the environment. Studies also show the negative impact of pesticides that these chemicals can have on local wildlife and water resources. Pesticides and fertilizers, contaminated water, soil erosion and sedimentation, livestock diet, and waste requirements can cause health-related issues and also affect marine life. To feed ourselves, we are destroying the ecosystem of water by polluting it and making an ecological imbalance, which will end up in contributing to climate change. What are your thoughts about it?

When the nitrogen compounds are mixed with air already polluted from other industries, they combine to form solid particles that can stick in the lung tissues of children and adults, causing breathing difficulties, and impaired lung and heart functions eventually leading premature expiration.

Pesticides and fertilizers lead to the destruction of biodiversity and impact climate change one way or another.

What we can do?

Choose and promote organic farming for a better tomorrow. And if possible we should aware people about organic farming.

Palm oil agriculture

Palm oil is edible vegetable oil. It is used in chocolates, cosmetics, pharmaceutical industry, and biofuel. It is used in various ways which increase its demand which results in rapid deforestation and climate change. Deforestation for palm oil plantation in the tropics has destroyed vast areas of rainforest. Think yourself how deforestation is contributing to the greenhouse effect and leading to climate change.

What we can do?

We can use alternatives of palm oil like such as oils from shea, sal, jojoba, kokum, illipé jatropha. By partially hydrogenating and blending these oils, a blend with similar properties to palm oil can be created.

Avocado agriculture

Avocados are becoming popular for their health benefits which lead to an increase in demands but it ends up by rapid deforestation resulting in climate change. Avocado growers in Mexico are cutting down rainforests to meet the increasing demands.

Avocado agriculture requires tons of water. An average of 1,280 liters of freshwater is required to produce one kilogram of avocado, which means about 320 liters of water are required to grow one avocado.

What we can do?

Sunflower seeds, almonds, broccoli, cabbage, sesame oil, lentils, and the list goes on…. We have many options to choose to eat then why the only avocado is important. Just because something is in trend and exotic doesn’t mean we also have to have it.

Chocolate industries

Have you ever thought, your favorite chocolates are also affecting the environment and responsible for climate change?

Yes, Chocolate industries are sourcing cocoa through the illegal deforestation of national parks and other protected forests. As global demand for chocolate increases by 2-5% each year, incidents of deforestation also increase. The protected natural area in the Ivory Coast has been cleared and replaced with unsustainable cocoa farming operations. Rapid deforestation is leading to climate change.

What we can do?

Say no to chocolates. Remember these small steps can help in making our earth better.

Industrial dumpsites

There are numerous industrial dumpsites around the world. The polluting impact of these sites are well known. Both open dumpsites and municipal landfills are used around the world, containing scrap metal, agriculture waste, hospital and household waste, and chemical waste from industrial processes. The mixture of toxic substances and decaying organic material can impact the soil quality of the areas surrounding in a landfill site.

If rainwater is mixed with the waste, it will result in contamination of the local groundwater. It ends up polluting the water. All these human activities are speeding up the process of climate change.

What we can do?

Neutralization of industrial waste before sending them to dumpsites and planting trees around the factories and dumpsites. We can spread awareness and ask our government to focus on these dumpsites.

Cosmetic industry

Cosmetic industries use tons of chemicals and plastic packaging which take hundreds of years to break down in dumpsites. Chemicals used in cosmetics get discharged in drains which end up in the ocean which leads to polluting water and threatening the ecosystem. What is the fault of aquatic animals that they are getting this treatment from humans? It doesn’t end here. When water evaporates following the water cycle and returns in the form of rain it contaminates the soil with toxins.

Cosmetics with palm oil are contributing to rapid deforestation and climate change.

What we can do?

By using chemical-free and cruelty-free products for the sustainable glow on skin and environment.

Fashion industry

The fashion industry is having a considerable impact on the environment, and in particular through water pollution. Since the year 2000, global clothing production has more than doubled in size and, consumers are constantly encouraged to buy the newest item so the production goes on and on. A shocking amount of this ends up in landfill sites. The production and usage of clothes also cause pollution. The production of clothes requires land for factories, cotton production for material, water, and fuel for manufacturing, and there is the potential for lots of toxic chemicals for dyes, and so on. Every time we wash them, thousands of plastic fibbers go down the drain and into the rivers, oceans, and according to some recent findings, even into the food chain. All these direct and indirect incidents are leading to climate change.

What we can do?

We can donate clothes, we are not using any more to needy people, and by increasing the lifetime of the clothes we wear. Less demand for less production, simple.

Dye industry

The dye industry is also a polluter. We find dyes in paints, textiles, inks, paper, and plastics, which are used daily by millions of people. One of the main polluting factors of the dye industries is water pollution which, in turn, has an impact on the local environment and population. The water waste from dye production carries tons of chemicals. Chromium, lead, mercury, arsenic, as well as a host of other pollutants, which enter water sources after being directly dumped into surface water without treatment. Unchecked dumping of dye water waste has a massive impact on the environment. It affects marine life as well as the ecosystem around the dumping area. And ultimately leads to water pollution and loss of biodiversity.

What we can do?

By promoting and using natural dye products. Wastewater treatment before sending them into water bodies.

Leather industry

For many years leather has been a crucial part of clothing and many more things. Today you can have different options from wallets to bags and much more. To make leather products animal skin is required which leads to loss of biodiversity. Apart from this, converting animal skin into leather requires it has to go through tanning. The tanning process involves the processing of raw leather to make it resilient and strong.

Although in the past there was little regulation with the significant result of environmental health, today, for the most part, large companies are very careful where they get their products from, but there are still some abandoned tannery sites and some small scale tanneries that still pose a risk to the local environment and population. Water pollution is caused by leather tanning. Contaminated water that contains chemicals such as chromium is created in vast amounts and if untreated, it can have a significant impact on local water channels.

What we can do?

Say no to leather products. Use alternatives if needed. Although leather’s alternative is also not sustainable so the best choice would be to choose other fabrics.

Chemical manufacturing

The chemical manufacturing industries include producers of chemicals such as organic and inorganic products, industrial gases, and chemicals such as pharmaceutical products and essential oils. It also includes mixing, blending, diluting, or converting basic chemicals to make chemical products like pesticides, detergents, and cosmetics. Large companies and small households contribute to the demand for chemical manufacturing. Water and air pollution are a big concern in regards to chemical manufacturing. Pollution by chemical factories was happening in the past too but current preventive measures have seen a decline, but that doesn’t mean reports haven’t surfaced of some companies being careless with chemicals and waste. Chemical pollution could pose a particularly serious long term risk when present in water bodies, such as oceans, because of the possible long term impact on fish and other aquatic life.

What we can do?

By using organic products whenever possible. By less use of plastic products and avoid fragrances made with chemicals, be alert while shopping.

Meat and dairy industry

The meat and dairy industries have a significant impact on the environment. Deforestation for agricultural land to grow food for livestock. Meat production requires a great amount of energy, tons of water, and a lot of lands . Meat and dairy products can cause air pollution, water pollution, and depletion of freshwater sources. These industries require the agriculture industries to feed the livestock, logging industries to create pastures and transport livestock and products; and package manufacturing to pass their products to consumers.

On a global scale, the FAO has estimated that livestock including poultry accounts for about 14.5% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions estimated as 100 years of carbon dioxide equivalents.

According to one study, more than 80% of farmland is used for livestock but it only produces 19% of food calories and 37% of protein. Do you think it’s worth spending so many precious resources?

What we can do?

Try to reduce eating meat, eggs, and dairy products and include veggies in your diet. Go vegan!

Mining industry

As the demand for products has increased and is continuing to do so, the materials such as copper, iron, coal, natural gases, and other minerals are increasing. The result of larger and deeper mines. Mining can cause several water-polluting problems, such as acid mine drainage, metal contamination, and increased sediment levels in streams and rivers.

In particular, acid mine drainage can contaminate surrounding soil, groundwater, and surface water, destroying living organisms, corroding metal equipment that comes into contact with the acidic water. Mining is harmful to the environment as well as for the mine workers too. Mine workers have to suffer from several lungs related problems.

What we can do?

Promoting and using sustainable methods during mining and neutralization of disposable waste by mining industries can solve the problem. We have to ask the government to have security measures for the environment and the mineworkers too. Zero tolerance of non-compliance should be the moto.

Conclusion

All the industries humans opened with the purpose of a better lifestyle are starting to backfire and leading us to climate change. If it continues it won’t be long that everything will go out of control and climate change will become irreversible. So, let’s take a pledge to make our climate back to normal and start minimizing the usage of the products which harm the climate and slowly eliminating from our lifestyle. Our first step must be to avoid these industries as much as possible and we have to aware people about such negative impacts of these industries. So, start by sharing this message with your friends and families. Together we can bring a change.

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