Greed, Not Need

By Eunice


Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 8.23.56 AMIt is abundantly clear that signs of the effects have started to be felt now. If we don’t drive to create a change in our community, matters will get worse.

It’s likely that the words “climate change” have been heard at least once in your local news television report, giving updates on what next move climate change has made in contributing to the world recently. 

Climate change is a phenomena that refers to the earth’s rising temperatures in humidity, air, pressure, wind, and cloud patterns. Many of its causes of change is due to the burning of fossil fuels, coal, oil, gas, agriculture, land-use, deforestation, you name it. Human-activities. 

Many of us don’t realise what’s convenient for us may not necessarily be convenient for our livelihood and the environment. If we don’t deal with this matter soon enough, climate change will continue to threaten our human rights, environment, and leave a devastating impact on human life. This leads us to think, is climate change a result of human convenience and our personal greed?

It is a fact that human activities isn’t what started climate change. But it can’t be ignored that to a larger extent humans are the primary drivers that contribute to the accelerating levels of carbon emissions.

The “extraction and processing of materials, fuels and food” is responsible for half of the total greenhouse gas emissions and 90% of “biodiversity loss and water stress”, the UN warned in its Global Resources Outlook 2019 report.

Hardly a day passes where new warnings are conveyed on the impacts man-made climate change has made. Ice shelves in the Arctic are melting, rare animal species are on the brink of extinction, the burning of trees are taking away homes of animals, sea levels are rising, it’s insane how much the effects have started to show throughout the years.

Apart from being a global issue, climate change has already turned into a human rights violation. It’s devastating effects not only harming the atmosphere, but affecting our well being altogether such as the right to life, health, food, water, and shelter.

We all have the right to live with freedom and the feeling of safety. But with the extreme weather-related events that have occured, climate change has become a threat to billions of people on this earth. 

In 2013, Typhoon Yolanda claimed the lives of 10,000 people. In the summer of 2003, a heatwave left a death count of 35,000 people. Even the World Health Organization predicted a total death of 250,000 people in the years 2030 and 2050. 

There’s nothing to lose if we contribute in creating a change, yet there is so much good we can gain from it. Fighting this global phenomena gives us an opportunity to put our well beings first and ensures our right to live in a healthy environment. 

But in a world where industrialization caters to our human needs and desires, and directly associates to the production of greenhouse gases, the reality is that many industries today continue to neglect the impacts of climate change that contribute to the accumulating amounts of CO2. 

The biggest concern as of now is our inability to change. Even if we addressed every single issue possible, the scale of the issue is difficult for many to comprehend. So many of us just end up thinking, what is the point of even trying? And that’s where the issue lies.

We humans are capable of change, and evidence from the reduction of fuel emissions from the early 2000s shows that we can have an impact if we all show a desire for change and play a role in doing so. The future really is in our hands this time, but the question is can we as humans abandon our desires to work together and create a future where climate change will cease to being a global threat to humankind? 


Works Cited

“Climate Change: the Biggest Human Rights Violation in History?” El Cambio Climático | Amnistía Internacional | Amnesty International,

Watson, Robert T. “Human Activity Causes Global Warming.” Global Warming, edited by James Haley, Greenhaven Press, 2002. Opposing Viewpoints. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Accessed 10 Apr. 2019. Originally published as “presentation at the Sixth Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,”, 2000.

“Global Warming.” Global Issues in Context Online Collection, Gale, 2019. Global Issues in Context, Accessed 10 Apr. 2019.