Do You Have the Power to Save the world?
Do You Have the Power to Save the World?
Climate change is happening all over the world and is affecting the future of our planet, the planet you call home. Climate change is inevitable; scientists suggest the climate had been fluctuating since prehistoric times, but now is the time we need to take action. In recent years, due to the uproar in industrialization, the warming of the earth is happening at a much quicker rate and we must act upon the signs nature has given us; from the melting icecaps in the Arctic Ocean to the highest recorded temperatures across to globe, to maintain the earth for you and future generations.
In 2014, the earth’s temperatures rose incredibly, having the highest temperature ever since records began in 1850, with warmer days being more common than colder ones. These higher temperatures are having devastating effects on the earth’s cooler climates, with the Arctic sea coverage shrinking from 4.1% in 1979 to 3.5% in 2015. With glaciers melting at such a fast rate, this is having an add on effect to the wildlife which inhabit the Arctic. Oceans are becoming more acidic due to increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, resulting in the interference of the development of sea life, from coral reefs, oysters to plankton. The oceans are currently the most acidic they have ever been over the course of the last 300,000 years.
These examples give us a small idea of what climate change is doing to the planet, but it does not stop there. With increased global warming we are more likely to see global flooding on a much larger scale, along with rising sea levels which puts the lives of the coastal population at risk.
The earth is quickly becoming unstable and we must act upon it.
How? You may ask. How can I help on a scale which can secure my future?
Geo-engineering is the technology of designing and creating techniques which can be used to intentionally change the earth’s climate. Geo-engineering is still in its early stages of its life, developing new and unique processes will be essential to prevent further impacts of global warming. Which is why we need you to further its existence and dedicate your future to saving the world!
Currently, geo-engineering is well known for its development in carbon dioxide removal. Carbon dioxide removal is the act of attempting to absorb and store carbon from the atmosphere through technology and enhancing the capacity of earth’s oceans to do so. The removal of carbon dioxide through this method is thought to counter the effects of global warming and ocean acidification. Experts now wish to take carbon dioxide removal to the next level with ocean fertilization. Specific areas of the earth’s oceans will be implanted with hundreds of nutrients to encourage primary production and ultimately draw carbon dioxide to sink deep into the ocean floor. This is only one set of the techniques geo-engineers are implementing to try to diminish the effects of climate change.
Another technique they are trying to use to alter the earth’s temperature is through solar radiation management. What sounds like a complicated method is actually the process of introducing materials to reflect sun light back into space, in turn counteracting the heating effects of increased carbon dioxide levels. These materials are tiny, reflective particles (also known as stratospheric aerosols) which are sent high up into earth’s atmosphere to reflect the sun’s rays before they get to earth. This technique is relatively inexpensive for the effect it produces. However, it is currently not implemented across a wide scale as we do not have enough knowledge on it to introduce it to the planet without the possibility of creating risks to the environment.
This is where you come in. We need you. We need you to train to become geo-engineers to help preserve the earth for future generations.
To become a geo-engineer it is fundamental that you are dedicated to wanting to change the world. Being a geo-engineer you will see firsthand the effects that global warming is having on the planet and it is up to you act and change the way we live.
You will need the right qualifications if you want a career in geo-engineering as the profession requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Which is why it’s all the more important you start to think now GCSE’s you need to enable yourself to help save the world. Getting good grades in maths and science (especially physics) will make it possible for you to study them further in A Level, ultimately securing yourself a place at university.
Along with the right qualifications, being a successful geo-engineer also comes down to you as an individual. Having good communication skills is essential, along with interpersonal skills allowing you to work well as part of a team to create solutions to the problems you face. Lastly, having enthusiasm and commitment is necessary as geo-engineering is ever changing and needs its engineers to want to continue furthering their knowledge and widening their skills base.
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