VIDEO: A Message to World Leaders


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What World Leaders Need to Do about Extreme Weather

Hello everybody! I am Openminded-Pomegranate, and today I am going to talk about what changes we can do to prevent extreme weather events.

First, let me tell you what my country has experienced. I live in Hong Kong, where we have only experienced typhoons and hurricanes like Typhoon Mangkhut. It was an extremely powerful and catastrophic tropical cyclone which caused a record storm surge, uprooted 1,500 trees, and left hundreds of windows smashed all over the city. It caused some serious floods, injured more than 200 people, and insurance claims in Hong Kong amounted to HK$7.3 billion. It was also the strongest typhoon to affect Hong Kong since Ellen in 1983. Hong Kong is also affected by climate change, which worsens the frequency, intensity, and impact of some events.

Climate change has been aggravating all over the years, and extreme weather events ravage different parts of the world continually. If we keep on polluting the Earth, it will wither and die, and we will not have a home anymore. Is that what you really want? Governments all over the world are all talk and no action while organizations like Greenpeace work so hard to undo our damage to our planet. We should help them to build a fresh new world for all to live. So, what can communities do to combat extreme weather?

 We could put solar panels on our houses to receive electricity from sunlight instead of power plants, which produces greenhouse gases, which leads to our present situation: global warming. The government can also build more wind turbines to generate electricity.

 We could also plant more trees and plants to purify the air. Since trees and plants need carbon dioxide to finish their photosynthesis, they are perfect for the job.

 Think twice before shopping to avoid buying unnecessary products. We should also bring our own bags to reduce consume of plastic bags. They are both environmentally friendly and easy to do in our daily lives.

I believe that governments also need to play a role in dealing with extreme weather. They should focus on preventive as well as reactive actions. Governments can build dams or barriers to hold back the flood water. To prevent any more deaths and casualties, we should check out the weather reports daily and set up safety measures in our house, like taping tape onto our windows. We can also install lighting rods on top of buildings. The lightning-rod system is an excellent conductor which allows the electrical current to flow to ground without causing any heat damage.

In addition, governments should also do their part in starting courses to educate children about extreme weather events and to set up protective measures. If I were the government, the first thing I would do after an extreme weather event (say, a storm) is to send rescue workers to save trapped people and to supply food, drinks and shelter to those whose homes have been savaged by the storm. In my opinion, nothing is more important than the people of my country. Governments can also ask other countries for aid if the disaster is too severe. Forget about the wars! If we want to survive, if we want our future generations to survive, we must get along and work together to help each other through these hard times.

Now, if we already knew that we are the ones who pollute the Earth, then why didn’t we start to adjust our habits to an eco-friendly lifestyle? However, humans are selfish creatures. If we had learnt from our mistakes and realised by now that all these extreme weather events were warnings from Mother Nature that we should stop polluting the Earth and to take action right now, how different would our everyday lives be? There might be trees and plants on every side of the streets, children running on the roads, laughing, and people chatting and breathing in the fresh air while having a morning stroll. The cool breeze sweeps away the leaves on the ground, and governments all over the world cooperate with each other, making laws that benefit both us and nature. If you want to see this happen, act now!


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