The World we currently live in

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For most people, adventure travel should be fun and safe. It may involve some degree of hardship and sweating but this is where the fun begins! This is where you get your satisfaction that you broke the boundaries within yourself, challenged yourself to do something different, something that requires effort! It’s the best kind of reward.

So with that in mind we now need to think about the impact of travelling around the world, flying from one country to another goes against everything that we believe in and becoming carbon neutral. This can have an adverse effect on our lives and the world we live in, stepping onto a plane and travelling to say America or Australia has a huge impact not only on your own carbon footprint but the contribution of carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere from jet fuel. The latest information we have is that 1 tonne of burnt jet fuel releases 3.15 tonne of CO2 into the atmosphere. That statistic alone is quite frightening but what is even more alarming is the deforestation of the planet. It is said that the amount of deforestation that takes place in 24 hours in the world is equivalent to flying 25 million people across the Atlantic.

Trees are one of the best forms of defense against CO2 emissions. They absorb carbon dioxide better than anything else on the planet. It seems obscene that we would deforest thousands of acres of woodland every year knowing that more and more CO2 is being emitted into the atmosphere. Planting more trees has now become a worldwide movement with trillion trees, international tree foundation and tree-nation leading the way.

Food for Thought!

So why is it with the overwhelming evidence we have and what carbon dioxide does to our atmosphere do we continue on the same path of destroying the planet? Economics, the fact we have no alternative to fossil fuel, the materials needed for construction and manufacturing. Then we also have to think about the natural world, what climate change is doing to sea levels, the north and south pole. The animals are slowly becoming endangered or will be extinct in the near future. The coral reefs and ecology of the world oceans cannot be ignored either, climate change and pollution will devastate the world oceans if we continue on the same trajectory, seafood will become a luxury, not an everyday item.

The impact on food produce is another significant factor we have to consider. Climate change affects all types of crops, not only will this have an adverse effect on humans but animals too, and with the population of the world increasing and people living longer something has to give. The current population of the planet is 7.8 billion people, by 2050 experts are predicting that the population of the planet will be 9.7 billion.

We have already begun to fight back against climate change, over the last 20 years we have achieved a great deal. The electric car is becoming more achievable as an alternative to fossil fuel but we still have so much work to do. Wind and solar farms are fast becoming the power plants of the future. According to the International energy agency (IEA) renewable energy will expand by 50% over the next 5 years.

This brings me to the UK and how we stand in the world of renewable energy. For the first time ever in 2019 renewable energy outpaced fossil fuels. According to the carbon brief report the third quarter of 2019 the UK’s wind farms, solar panels, biomass, and hydro plants produced more electricity than the combined output of power stations powered by coal, oil, and gas. This is good news for the renewable energy sector and the UK carbon emissions. However, a lack of progress in other parts of the economy means that we are still lagging behind and it remains to be seen whether we can reach our legally-binding target of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.