Nature and the environment are the surroundings that envelop our daily lives. Its the ecosystem that harbors us and our loved ones.

What many Libyans fail to grasp is the importance of our treatment and care upon our environment and their significant ramifications.

Libyans have adopted a lack of interest in the safekeeping and maintenance of their environment. The negligence mainly stems from the local authorities and those who do have an impact upon the country and the means of which it is run.

There are many critical issues that are currently facing the safety and development of the Libyan nation. Widespread improperly disposed trash is an issue that grieves many, however is not a priority for the interim government.

Libyans need to step up as citizens and learn that not every issue has to be solved by the government. There are things we can do as patriots to preserve our country, its resources and natural beauty.

The lifestyle the majority of Libyans are living lacks conscience awareness of their impact about the global community and planet earth as a whole. It is important for us to realize that by bettering and preserving our country, we are influencing planet earth as a whole. By conservatively making use of energy, we are cutting down on our carbon emissions and are therefore tackling global warming. Carbon pollution is the main reason our planet is getting hotter, increasing the chances of weather disasters, drought and flood and hurting our health.

Carbon dioxide and other global warming pollutants are collecting in the atmosphere like a thickening blanket, trapping the sun’s heat and causing the planet to warm up causing extreme climate change. 

Over the past 50 years the average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate in recorded history In addition to impacting our water resources, energy supply, transportation, agriculture, and ecosystems, climate change can cause:

Significant increases in the risk of illness and death related to extreme heat and heat waves are very likely.

Some diseases transmitted by food, water, and insects are likely to increase.

Certain groups, including children, the elderly, and the poor, are most vulnerable to a range of climate-related health effects. These impacts will result in significant costs to our families and the economy.

The solution is to take action, raise awareness and develop a national leadership which researches and functions to counter this global issue.

Sara Krekshi & Noor Toshani
Tripoli, Libya

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