The source of drinking water for over 500,000 people, the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie (SVRP) Aquifer is a natural treasure of North Idaho and Eastern Washington. It deserves to be preserved and protected. Practices such as eliminating septic tanks and pre-treating stormwater over the Aquifer have greatly improved water quality over what it was 40 years ago.
Becoming socially and ecologically conscious in business is the way of the future. Promoting responsible energy and resource consumption by implementing clean energy practices can make businesses stand out amongst competitors. Tracking and limiting use can be difficult, but companies who implement practices and tools to improve their habits will lead the way in energy accountability.
Today, electricity generation is the second leading cause of air pollution in the U.S. Most electricity comes from traditional sources. Fossil fuels have been running the show for a long time, but they are not going to be around much longer. Fossil fuels are polluting energy sources that are decreasing in abundance.
As climate change intensifies, countries need to pursue clean energy economies and investments need to be made into viable alternatives to fossil fuels. As countries make the change to clean energy economies to mitigate climate change, research into sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels has exploded.
With the effects of global warming being felt world wide, extreme weather and natural disasters are effecting communities that have previously been considered safe. Being proactive about creating sustainable solutions and protections for natural disaster in all communities could save lives and millions of dollars in the long run.
Despite the need for urgent action on climate change, local governments, larger investment funds, and nonprofits that back climate action invest billions in fossil fuel companies. People have the right to know how their savings, the companies they buy from, and their charitable giving perpetuate dependency on fossil fuels when we should be transitioning away from them.
Climate change is an urgent threat to civilization, the effects of which are being seen all over the world through rising temperatures and heat waves. Extreme heat and natural disasters can increase the number of carcinogens in the air.
The difficulty of developing sound strategies for responding to climate change, and of building public support for such strategies, stems in part from the inherent complexity of the issue. Some of this complexity relates to the physical science of climate change; but understanding and responding to climate change also raises many social, economic, ethical, and political challenges.
Preliminary data show an increase in the average level of methane in the atmosphere by 11.54 parts per billion (ppb) in 2019, the largest such increase in five years. Agriculture, natural gas production, and wetland destruction all contribute to methane release. The atmospheric science community promotes the use of leak capturing equipment as well as decreasing the consumption of cattle products.
Divesting from fossil fuels makes sense environmentally and financially. The movement to divest from fossil fuels seeks to protect the planet from severe climate change, and can help protect ecosystems by transitioning to clean energy economies,