What’s up with the heat wave?

Hello and welcome to my blog. I know it’s Thursday but I don’t think I’m going to do a throwback post when I’m trying to gather parenting stories from 2020 and 2021 to put into a new book. Besides, I don’t want to look back and reflect today. I want to look forward and see where we are going.

I’m a big fan of nature and the environment, and I believe in global warming and climate change (I say this because people related to me don’t believe in these things or simply don’t care). I’m not saying I’m the most environmentally friendly person. I use a washing machine, which uses up a lot of energy and isn’t very good for the planet, but I hang my laundry on a clothesline instead of using a dryer. I use the AC (air conditioner), which I know is bad for the planet, but it’s just too hot.

In previous years, I would only use the AC when I really had to. I’m not a very hot person (I don’t get heated up easily) and when I’m cold, I’d rather cover up than turn on the heater. It usually doesn’t get very cold in winter, but last winter it did. Temperatures that never used to go below 10°C reached zero and it briefly snowed one time, in Tripoli! By the sea! We didn’t start getting spring weather until May and then suddenly it was June and it was hot. Now in July, we have been getting Temperatures in the 30’s. I don’t know what to expect in August. I know this heat is due to climate change because it’s happening everywhere. There is a heat wave in Lebanon, in the UK, in the US, in India, and many other countries.

The heat wave may cause more fires and affect vegetation. I guess these power shortages in Lebanon are helping the environment in some way, not that I’m happy about them at all. Besides, according to my research, 3rd world countries don’t contribute much to climate change. That’s mostly on 1st world countries, but we are all bearing the brunt of it.

Now what can we do about it?

1. Planting trees and other vegetation lowers surface and air temperatures by providing shade and cooling through evapotranspiration. Trees and vegetation that directly shade your home (If you dont live in a building or if you do, have plants on the balcony) can decrease the need for air conditioning, making your home more comfortable and reducing your energy bill. So if you can plant a tree or plants, go for it.

2. Hydrate. Drink plenty of water so you don’t get dehydrated. Wear cool clothes and shower regularly with warm water (cold water cools your skin and raises your core temperature).

3. Reuse, reduce and recycle if you can.

4. Walk, cycle or take public transport instead of using your car. With rising gas prices, this isn’t a problem. I’m barely going anywhere. Carpooling is also a good idea for going to school.

5. Eat more vegetables and less meat to reduce your carbon footprint. I’m more of a chicken person anyway so I’m good. But I do need to eat more vegetables.

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