Off the coast of southern Chile is the magical Grand Island of Chiloé. The island is well known for wooden, colourful churches, whale watching, penguins and for its palafitos, which are colourful wooden houses on stilts along the water’s edge. These Chiloé’s famous palafitos are still found at several locations around Castro. Perched precariously on stilts above the water, these brightly painted, alerce-shingled, traditional wooden fishermen’s dwellings are an unforgettable sight.
When I went to Chiloé last year 2015, my experience was not defined by sight of those colourful, picturesque Palafitos, but a sight beyond what normal tourist have not seen and reflected. But rather a sight of the effect of Global warming on marine life. The slight overnight increase on water temperature next to Palafitos shore, leads to hundreds of huge squid to get to the surface of the shore but then they got stranded and eventually died. For an animal and marine lover like me, seeing even a marine life gasping for air to breathe, but at the end are dying in hundreds and being eaten by birds, are a disturbing sight.
Climate change is already causing a cascade of negative effects on the environment, human society, and nature. Central America and southern Mexico are experiencing these impacts in particularly acute ways because of their proximity to the equator.
Beyond the normal sight of those colourful, picturesque Palafitos at Chiloe Islands, are hundreds of squids and marine life dying due to the effect of Global warming. A photographic document to remind everyone to be mindful and contribute even little things to help reduce, stop and reverse the effect of Global warming on every living creatures on this planet.
We often hear about all of the different creatures out there negatively affected by climate change and global warming. Evidence is emerging that marine organisms may be responding faster to climate change than land-based plants and animals.
The earth’s climate is changing, and people and nature are already dealing with the consequences.
Climate change is caused by humans. Yet, ironically, humans are the only ones who have the power to do something about it and make a real difference. The time for real action and progress is now!
What are the other effects of global warming?
Each year, scientists learn more about the consequences of global warming, and many agree that environmental, economic, and health consequences are likely to occur if current trends continue. Here’s just a smattering of what we can look forward to:
- Melting glaciers, early snowmelt, and severe droughts will cause more dramatic water shortages and increase the risk of wildfires in the American West.
- Rising sea levels will lead to coastal flooding on the Eastern Seaboard, especially in Florida, and in other areas such as the Gulf of Mexico.
- Forests, farms, and cities will face troublesome new pests, heat waves, heavy downpours, and increased flooding. All those factors will damage or destroy agriculture and fisheries.
- Disruption of habitats such as coral reefs and Alpine meadows could drive many plant and animal species to extinction.
- Allergies, asthma, and infectious disease outbreaks will become more common due to increased growth of pollen-producing ragweed, higher levels of air pollution, and the spread of conditions favorable to pathogens and mosquitoes.
Global Warming is a dramatically urgent and serious problem. Each individual can bring an important help adopting a more responsible lifestyle: starting from little, everyday things, to help stop or at least reduce the effect of Global Warming. It’s the only reasonable way to save our planet, before it is too late.
Is global warming too big of a problem for each of us to help tackle?
Wondering how to stop global warming? Reduce your own carbon footprint by following a few easy steps. Make conserving energy a part of your daily routine and your decisions as a consumer. When you shop for new appliances like refrigerators, washers, and dryers, look for products with the government’s Energy Star label; they meet a higher standard for energy efficiency than the minimum federal requirements. When you buy a car, look for one with the highest gas mileage and lowest emissions. You can also reduce your emissions by taking public transportation or carpooling when possible.
Some Easy Ways to Reduce Your Home Energy Carbon Footprint
- Insulate and seal your home. Reduce drafts and air leaks with caulk, insulation, and weather stripping.
- Appliances. Make energy efficiency a primary consideration when choosing a new furnace, air conditioning unit, dishwasher, or refrigerator. Products bearing the ENERGY STAR label are recognized for having superior efficiency.
- Lighting. Turn off lights you’re not using and when you leave the room. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact flourescent or LED ones.
- Thermostat. Don’t set it too high or low. Install a programmable model to turn off the heat/air conditioning when you’re not home.
- Solar. Add solar panels to the roof of your home. This costs a little more than the above options, but many providers offer financing options which minimize upfront costs.
More readings about reducing your Carbon Footprint on this link
My Photo in front of the palafitos in Chiloe last April 205. I went to Chiloe to capture one of my favourite photographic subject which are marine, boat and colourful buildings, but I wasn’t prepared to experience the disconcerting sight of hundreds of dying and dead squid along the shore of these palafitos.
Hope this post will remind everybody that we can work together to save our world and it’s environment, using various everyday methods, from the smallest details to the most sweeping aspects, implementing a green lifestyle .