With each year that passes, there seems to be new records that are broken with the weather and temperature changes. A decade ago, climate change was considered a debatable topic, but now seems to be undeniable to the general public. Although many people are finding it difficult to endure the extreme summer heat, there are several reasons to remain positive about the changes. Keep in mind the following quote: “The world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.”
1. Longer Summers
Today, summers seem to last a total of six months during the year for a prolonged season that stretches into the fall. This can be great for those who want to enjoy more time outdoors in the swimming pool or take a family trip without having to suffer from poor weather conditions.
2. Lower Heating Bills
Due to shorter winters, less money is essentially spent on keeping the home warm for several months. It means potentially saving hundreds of dollars each year and using less energy for a smaller global footprint for each household.
3. Less Fatalities
With the dramatic drop in global temperatures during the winter, it can often lead to the highest amount of deaths during the year. With a warmer climate, there can be less fatalities, which can save thousands of lives each year. According to a study performed by Stanford, “Celsius warming would lower deaths in the United States by about 40,000 per year.”
4. Global Agriculture Productivity
With shorter winters comes an increase in agriculture productivity, meaning a surplus in food than in prior years. This could decrease the hunger rate, lower the cost of food, and essentially stabilize the income of those who work in agriculture.
5. A Stronger Global Economy
Although one of the main concerns with climate change is the melting ice in the Arctic, this could prove to be a route used during the winter months if the temperatures are moderate. The trade route from the Atlantic to Asia is often the route taken for shipping during the summer and could potentially save money if it’s available throughout the year after the ice melts.
There are dozens of negative responses that come with global climate change that has begun to take effect in recent years. Although it can be easy to hop on the negative bandwagon, there are several factors to stay positive about. After all, a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity and an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
One of my favorite optimism quotes is, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”