Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Victoria's Green Matters - 12th June 2014
Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury :It doesn’t seem to matter how much evidence is put forward about climate change there are still a large number of people who will not accept the situation. Many people have the attitude that there is nothing we can do about it anyway – easy because then we don’t have to think about it!
There are many different aspects to the effects of climate change – increase in world temperatures will cause many changes around the world and reports from different countries, from ordinary people living ordinary lives show how their conditions are already becoming more difficult to cope with.
A large part of the Western Antarctic ice sheet is currently in a state of collapse which could mean that vast areas of crop lands across the Middle East and Asia may be devastated, leading to global food shortages. Two independent studies last week warned that the retreat of the ice sheet was unstoppable and could lead to sea level rise of up to 4 metres in the future.
A recent report has urged the Obama administration in the US to extend research funding to cope with the coming gap in world food supplies. The report warns that America’s corn belt could face reductions in productivity of up to 25% by 2050 unless there are strategies to cope with higher temperatures and changing rainfall.
We are too dependent on imported food in this country so it is vital that we grow as much food as possible here, starting now with our own gardens!
Victoria Nicholls. Transition Deal.