Here are five reasons why global warming matters to us as surfers and human beings.
- WE LIKE TO DRINK CLEAN WATER
Two out of three people in the world already lack access to clean water. As global temperatures rise, it will change rainfall and weather patterns, likely making water scarcity much worse. Flooding and drought cycles make it harder for nations to plan for clean drinking water for their citizens. Less predictable water access also means
- THE OCEAN PROVIDES
Oceans cover 71% of our planet and are basically our life support system. The oceans help regulate the climate around the world, drive the weather, and store carbon. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, “as the climate responds to decades of increasing carbon emissions, the store of energy and heat from the atmosphere builds up in the ocean.” As the ocean heats up, it is leading to acidification, killing everything from the plants, to corals, and up the food chain which means it impacts us too, from our food to jobs and surf. There is no surfing in a dead ocean.
- WE LIKE COASTAL CITIES and ISLANDS
Coastal cities and islands are some of the most beautiful places on earth. They are also where the surf is best. Increasing ocean temperatures are melting glaciers and ice caps all over the world which is increasing the amount of water in our oceans. More water in the ocean is causing sea levels to rise impacting and destroying low-lying islands and coastal cities where people live and go to surf.
- WE LIKE TO EAT
Global warming is changing weather patterns, increasing severe heat waves, droughts, and also flooding all of which make it difficult for farmers to graze livestock and grow produce. Global warming means food availability is less predictable which makes food harder to get and more expensive to buy.
- WE LIKE TO BREATHE CLEAN AIR
The same fossil fuel burning that is a leading cause of global warming is also increasing air pollution. Air pollution and the heat that intensifies it, lead to more asthma and respiratory disease. Even for people without chronic lung diseases, global warming reduces clean air by increasing things like pollen and mold which cause allergies for many people.
In summary, if you like to breathe clean air, eat, play by the ocean and in the ocean, and drink clean water, it’s time to do your part to stop global warming. The number one thing you can do is help economies around the world change to renewable energy and stay away from fossil fuels and anything made from fossil fuels (plastic).