With everything going on in the world it is important to be mindful of what we are leaving behind for future generations when it comes to the environment, especially during Heritage month. In that spirit let’s take a look at one of the most important parts of the environment, The Ozone Layer and some myths and fun facts surrounding it
Myth 1 - renewable energy is just a money-making scheme?
Believe it or not solar and wind energy are cheaper to produce than any other kind of process for producing energy including nuclear, gas and fossil fuels. In fact the cost of renewable energy has lowered more than scientists, engineers or anyone could have predicted
Fun fact: Just 1 wind turbine can generate enough electricity to power 1,400 homes.
Myth 2 - Climate change is a natural process of the planet
This is actually true. Scientists have concluded that over the last 4.5 billion years the climate has changed quite a lot. The difference between then and now is that it was a natural process of the earth; modern climate change is being caused by humans forcing the climate to change at a much faster and unnatural rate.
Fun fact: Global temperatures are now at their highest since records began. In fact, 17 of the 18 warmest years on record have all taken place since 2001.
Myth 3 - C02 is not the cause of climate change
CO2 is a natural part of the planets ecosystem and has always been there. The problem is the amount of CO2 has drastically increased in recent years, so much so that the planet can’t properly deal with it. Think of it like food for humans, we all need to eat but if we eat too much then we get sick.
Fun fact: CO2 is sometimes used to put out fires by removing the oxygen and replacing it with CO2 the fire can’t burn
Myth 4 – There is no hole in the ozone layer
The “hole in the Ozone Layer isn’t a hole exactly. It’s more like a build-up of harmful gasses above the continent of Antarctica reducing the amount of ozone in the atmosphere to a dangerous amount like removing onions layers at a specific point.
Climate change can be fixed but it isn’t a problem that will go away on its own. It is everyone’s responsibility to work at it in whatever way we can even if it’s just turning off the lights in an empty room or recycling a chip packet. How do you guys think you can each make a difference?