We have all heard about climate change but what is it? It refers to the process of our planet heating up. This is largely caused by deforestation, farming, burning fossil fuels (coal, fuel oil, and bagasse) and so forth. In this article, we shall try to find out its direct impact on Mauritius and the consequences in the future?
Impacts of climate change
- Rising fossil fuels
In order to meet energy demand, Mauritius heavily reliant on imported fossil fuels. Due to the large dependence on fossil fuel, Mauritius has seen a sharp increase in harmful emission which leads to climate change. It was reported that 84.54% of fossil fuel have been used in 2014. Today, it is gradually increasing and the planet is warming much faster than it has in any other time period we know about. Even a small increase in global temperatures can have a huge impact on the health of the plants and animals in Mauritius.
- Human activities
A minor but very important component of the atmosphere, carbon dioxide can be released through natural processes and human activities. For instance, through deforestation, farming, land use changes. As the planet gets warmer, Mauritius Island will become more vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change with the increasing frequency and intensity of tropical cyclones. With more intense rainfall and stronger winds, it will result in considerable economic loss, humanitarian stresses, natural disasters and environmental degradation.
Solutions for climate change
The scope of the threat of climate change is widening. In addition to our planet, climate change is disrupting our mental health and emotional well-being. Wondering what the government or the Mauritian people can do to prevent and stop climate change? But whether our governments will recognise it or not, we are in a climate emergency. Nowadays, many people feel restless when they think about it. But, if climate change is changing then why aren’t we?
- Clean renewable energy
As a small island, Mauritius is prone to many environmental threats. Hence, mainstreaming environment, climate change and natural resource management in its development programmes is of prime importance. Instead of depending largely on fossil fuels, Mauritius can think of alternate energy for meeting energy demand. They can even install new renewable power capacity and try to shift towards clean energy from time-to-time. Instead, try to use solar powered objects like solar panels and generate your own energy.
- Reduce waste and recycling
If we put it into place now, we can put an end to this cycle of destruction and move into an age of regeneration. It can allow nature to heal and secure our future. While reducing waste, it will help to reduce your eco footprint by practicing recycling, composting. Moreover, be more responsible towards the environment while growing more trees, buy local products.
- Travel green
To truly tackle climate change, we must put a stop to those cars that have been destroying nature and damaging emissions that are occurring everyday. We must provide some new eco-friendly affordable hybrid cars in place that makes caring for the planet compulsory, and damaging the natural world a crime. To have a meaningful impact on climate change, hybrid cars are friendlier on your wallets, and also minimise the carbon footprints left behind when we drive your old diesel or petrol vehicles.
Now, it is our turn. The earth is not our property, it is our home. Our home needs us. It is calling us to be leaders and raise our voice to save our precious island. People need to be informed and they need to feel empowered, to feel like they can make a difference. Remember lots of small actions add up to a big result.