Shaping North Ayrshire process
Climate change is a very serious issue and it is quite clear that it is already changing our world. So many extremes hitting the headlines is quite frightening.
Very serious, already we are seeing big differences in our seasons as well as seeing a huge changes with tides being much higher, living in a coastal town it worries me.
Except we're not seeing big changes in our seasons, are we? Or huge tides. I mean have you even looked at the data??
Yes, there is an abundance of data on how our climate is already being affected. With 20 of the hottest yeats on record ever all being reported within the last 22 years it's absolutely irrefutable now. Things are snowballing fast now but already from history we can say:
Over the past 43 years, significant trends have been identified in Scotland for instance.
• average rainfall has increased by 21%;
• maximum temperatures have increased on average by 1.21°C;
• the number of heat waves is up by 6 days; and
• snow days have decreased by 32%.
Did you see the news articles about islands disappearing due to rising sea levels. This may not have been in Scotland, but a) does it not matter if it's someone else who is suffering and b) do you really think this does not have any impact on Scotland.
It’s such a serious issue. With rainfall reaching record breaking levels across the country, including Ayrshire
This really is 'the' issue, it might sound clichéd but we are basically living on a tiny island in space - there is currently no where else to go - if we don't get this sorted out, the implications globally are huge. right now we don't really notice too much in our day to day living, it is not really impacting on us directly, so the other day to day issues take precedent. It almost feels like an underlying disease that we don't really notice that is creeping up but because we feel no direct symptoms, we kind of pay it lip service.
Climate change is a very serious issue. It is affecting us living in North Ayrshire - more flooding / extreme weather and the scientific evidence shows that things will get worse in the future if we don't do something now
It's a very serious issue and we are witnessing the devastating effects on a worldwide scale. Typhoon Hagibis hit Japan on Saturday killing 72 people.
In Scotland we are experiencing heatwaves, beast from the east and floods. Climate change isn’t going away and the impacts are very real. All these natural disasters are costing local businesses money - think of the money lost when businesses close for snow days and money put in to repair damages caused by flooding etc.
Climate change will result in the destruction of the planet. It affects everyone. Research shows that the damage will be irreversible within 11 years if carbon emissions are not severely reduced in the very near future.
Very serious. I am extremely concerned that it's not really being taken seriously NOW when we can do something about it. It requires radical changes to be made NOW before it's too late.
Climate change is the most important issue impacting the planet. It touches on everyone's lives. Unfortunately society is not taking it seriously and doing enough to address the issues. I get frustrated that although the media and governments talk about the issue, they then do not lead by example. In terms of impact, severe weather events impact on our lives. The main road from Fairlie to Largs gets flooded, trains struggle to pass through Saltcoats when there are storms, and I personally struggle when the temps rise. However the biggest impact on me, is that I worry about the future we are creating for younger generations, and feel guilty that over the years I have contributed to the missions through taking long haul holidays, driving etc.
Of course its real and of course it affects us all but trying to get people to accept responsibility is part of the problem.
We live in a time where life is so fast paced and expensive, where everything we use is designed to be thrown away instead of long term use. Anything that is supposed to be of benefit to the environment costs so much more to buy.
If governments were truly concerned about biodiversity and the effects on the environment they would make solutions cheaper and easier to access.