CORAL REEFS. I have shared a lot about them - through climate change, we are causing them to bleach or dissolve, aka die. They are the home to ocean’s ecosystem, and we can’t survive without that ecosystem. . Coral reefs do more than just that. They also protect the shoreline against flooding and storms by acting as a buffer - they absorb the waves’ forces, protecting us. . So, if we destroy the corals, which we are doing, we destroy our lands. #stopclimatechange
@scientific_american: “Researchers have predicted for years that one of the effects of global warming could be that whatever is frozen in permafrost—such as ancient bacteria—might be released as temperatures climb.” . To read more, visit link in bio.
It’s World Oceans Day today! Today, I ask you to do at least one thing to help save our oceans - such as refusing singles-use plastics, starting discussions about the oceans, watching a documentary about ocean life and the associated environmental issues, starting a cleanup, or even running (see my last post)! Share in the comments what you will be doing! #worldoceansday#worldoceansday2018#saveouroceans#refusesingleuse . . . . . Photo from localguidesconnect.com
EVENT NOTICE: @adidasrunning and @parley.tv have grouped together with @runtastic for a run for the oceans. For every km run captured on @runtastic , they will donate 1 USD starting this Friday, June 8th - World Oceans Day. . For those of you in Abu Dhabi interested in doing a 5k with me for this, please comment below. Otherwise, you can just do it on your own anywhere in the world and log it on the Runtastic app! . For more info, visit the link in my bio. #runfortheoceans
For #worldenvironmentday ‘s #beatplasticpollution (see my last post), I plan to phase out microplastics - swipe right to learn what products contain microplastics. . I tag @entagreenuae @yaragnader @mazengram1 @afoof95 @almaquqa @nalsharif to pledge against a plastic source for World Environment Day. For “100 steps to get started” visit the #myplasticfreelife website (myplasticfreelife.com). . @unenvironment . Images in this post are from myplasticfreelife.com.
Happy World Environment Day! Here I am sharing the the video off of the official #worldenvironmentday website (@unenvironment ) with the message of the year which is to #beatplasticpollution - “if you can’t reuse it, refuse it”. . I am including the link to the website in my bio, which includes a map of events in all areas globally to beat plastic pollution, cleanups, etc. . Have a visit!
I worry about most environmental issues, but the issue I am most worried about is the global water crisis, which I do think we may see in our lifetime. Swipe -> to read 7 reasons why we’re facing a global water crisis - link is in bio to read more.
All right Abu Dhabi, lets #beatplasticpollution. Knowing that our plastics will go straight into an energy making process is much more preferred than recycling, as only a percentage of what we recycle actually gets recycled! I’ll be bringing my recyclables here this weekend.
The longest swim: Ben Lacomte is using his passion for swimming to become the first man to SWIM across the Pacific Ocean.. 5.5k miles from Tokyo to San Francisco, 8 h of swimming per day. He’s partnered up with researchers from 13 scientific institutions to collect data on his journey on plastic waste in the oceans, Fukushima radiation data, phytoplankton info, and water data, making it the first type of data collection of its kind! #theswim. . Ben is the type of person I aspire to be. I’ve included the link to his website and journey info in my bio.
I am big believer that the real solution to environmental change is top-down. Yes, we are responsible for our habits and our voices to drive who it is on top (be it a president or a CEO), but they are the ones with the largest impact for change. . Trump is an example of a negative influence. Under his administration, coal companies are resurfacing - and if Trump is trying to make that industry thrive, then it will be a money making industry, and money always talks. So, banks are now financing coal companies. Because the wrong person is in administration, we are moving backwards, making the wrong decisions, and re-introducing a dirty component into our environment. . My leaving message is that we always have to act - vote for the right people, support the right companies, influence the right habits - because if the people we choose to have on top make the wrong decisions, we are the ones to suffer. . Article cited is from the @nytimes . Link is in bio for today.
Yes, electric cars significantly reduce negative air emissions, buuut they run on electricity. So depending on your power supply, they’re either really awesome or not so awesome. The power plant used to generate the electricity for charging the car can offset the “zero emissions” of the vehicle. . So electric cars are really great in areas where the power sources are renewable or nuclear, but in other places, they need to be properly regulated in order to not have a negative impact. . To quote the @scientific_american article used as a reference here, “Electric cars are only as good as the electricity that charges them”. To read more, visit link in bio.
This @nytimes article represents one of the major things I have been working on during my time in Abu Dhabi. A/Cs! . Living in this super warm climate, we rely on A/Cs like nobody’s business. We keep them on really low temperatures through all hours of the day, and we would not survive without them. But, there are consequences to our actions. The electricity used to power the A/Cs result in climate emissions, which based on just A/C usage alone, are planned to double to 2.28 billion tons of emissions by 2050. Then, as it gets hotter, we buy more A/Cs, and the cycle continues. . What is part of the solution? Making sure you have an energy efficient air conditioner. I know plenty of cases where A/C systems are over 20 years old - older systems require a higher electricity demand, use BANNED ozone depleting chemicals, and result in more climate emissions. Also try NOT to keep your AC at 20degC all day! The higher the AC temp in this warm climate, the better for the environment. . So think about your A/C system at home or even at work. How old is it? What is it powered by? Should you upgrade it (if you are in Abu Dhabi the answer is most likely yes)? . For more info, about this, visit the @nytimes article - link is in bio. Or message me! I work on this pretty much everyday so I have a lot to say 😉