The environmental mess of 2020
November 16, 2020
The year 2020 will be going down in history textbooks as the year where the earth couldn’t catch a break. So many terrible things have happened, affecting people, the community and most importantly the environment. It is no secret that our earth is slowly dying, however this year, saw all the consequences come to life, from the years of neglect people have had toward the earth.
The start of the year brought the Australia wildfires or the “black summer”. Near the end of december 2019, the fires had burned just over 1,200,000 acres of land and the fires only continued to grow burning approximately 12 million acres. The fires eventually ended in March, however the damage it did is astonishing, burning thousands of homes and buildings and millions of animals. The rise in climate change has had an effect on the amount of wildfires across the world, as most land is drier, hotter. This has not just been a problem this year, as the world saw these events similarly take place in California, last year.
The Atlantic hurricane season usually from June to the end of November, however this year’s has set a new record, being the most active season to date, with 31 storms that have happened. This sounds crazy, however with the condition of our planet, it shouldn’t be too hard to imagine. The increase of tropical storms have front-lined the media since the early 2010’s.
The amount of other natural disasters that have occurred in 2020 due to lack of attention from its people is unthinkable. In the first six months of 2020 alone, 207 natural disasters were recorded. Talking about the downfall of the planet is very scary, but it is reality. If the people don’t stop neglecting the environment, it will soon cease to exist. However, the positive side is that a new generation is emerging, and they are fighting for the earth. Hopefully the hard work the new generation brings to table, will help fix this gigantic issue.