Fellow World Leaders,
My name is Memorable_orchard, a year 6 student residing in the U.K and this is my speech from me to you about how extreme weather conditions are getting out of hand and what we could do to help.
Extreme weather is a type of natural disaster where the weather is a dangerous quantity. For example, a heatwave is a dangerous amount of heat whilst a drought is a dangerous amount of dryness. It would be the same thing for other extreme weather forms.
My own experience of extreme weather was the heatwave in Spring, where it was the most scorching heatwave in a century! (100 years/36,500 or 36,600 days) Find out more about the event here: https://www.express.co.uk/news/weather/1106832/UK-weather-April-forecast-spring-2019-hottest-Easter-latest. Even though we receive a sufficient amount of 'Vitamin D' from the sun, it can have it's downsides as well. On heatwaves like those, the beaches are packed and people wear more revealing clothes. It can be harder to find shade. Due to this, people are left under the scorching sun for long hours which can cause skin cancer. Within a year, almost all of Britain's population got sunburned quite badly. 48,000,000 people almost every year are at risk of getting skin cancer due to extreme weather and lack of protection.
Out of a myriad of responses, I have chosen 3. The following are the responses I have selected:
- Invest in early warning storm systems.
- Provide shelter to people who can't stay in their homes.
- Support affected businesses.
We should invest in early warning storms systems. I say this because storms can compose and is composed of dangerous things. A storm is made out of strong winds, hail and cold weather conditions. This can cause the most damage to things. I support my statement with the largest hailstone being the size of a tennis ball! Also, strong winds cause the most damage out of all extreme weather forms. I say this as the wind can carry dust and dangerous entities as it sweeps the ground, which is dangerous to humans physically and financially because the tornado could leave them with completely nothing. In conclusion, this is why I think this is the best response because it will prevent future problems.
We should provide shelter to the people who can't stay in their homes. In the Philippines, which has the harshest weather, 4.5 million people are found homeless and they are at risk from being hurt from extreme weather. Some people may not be able to stay at home because they are self-isolating. Being one of the most affected countries by covid-19, Germany is also one of the countries with highly toxic and dangerous weather. Overall, I think this response is best as it would save and benefit many lives.
We should support affected businesses as in other countries, it would be harder to become financially stable after an extreme weather event. For example, a farmer in Haiti has nowhere to turn to after a terrible storm struck his country. Not only do some plants take a long time to fully grow, but it would also waste their hard work and energy and they would have to start from square 1. To learn more about this story, read about it here: https://youtu.be/F6pHl_6c3Ng. Supporting affected businesses would not only benefit the seller but the buyer as well. For example, if there was a lack of rice that the seller usually buys, it would affect them if it was out of stock for a long time. In conclusion, I think this is the best response as their hard work shouldn't be in vain and they would be able to make a living wage.
There are a few of many barriers that defend us from extreme weather.
- Thames Barrier- United Kingdom.
- A Firebreak.
These barriers are essential as it decreases the number of extreme weather events that occur. Without these, extreme weather events frequency may double.
I think that the government should take action to benefit themselves and their country. For example, they should compose a national day where it is 24 hours of the country dedicating their time to care about the Earth and do things that enhance its life span. I think this would work as there are posters and leaflets speckled around the street about climate change, already possibly encouraging them to make a change. Also, they are physically experiencing the changes in the earth with more heatwaves, floods and storms.
I think that governments should focus on preventative actions because if we do not take control of extreme weather, it may have a turn for the worse. I think that it is better taking action before the event occurs rather than allowing it to take place then doing something. This would save lots of vital things as it could be important to the owner. Referring to the Haiti storm, the farmer's crops are a lifeline to him. It may be the same for the owner about to experience the extreme weather event.
In my perspective, local responses would be better. I say this because every country is different. For example, Nigeria's weather wouldn't be as harsh in the U.K. Therefore, it is better for local responses because the correct countries will be given the correct things. Also, local responses are better as they would have the best effect on the citizens.
My vision for the appearance of Earth is for it to have clean, flowing streams for poorer countries to flourish healthily in our environment, the air isn't as dirty and polluted as it is now and all vehicles should be run on a new source- A cleaner, healthier energy. I would like to see more green leaves on trees instead of them burnt and crumpled up. I would also like to gaze at the ocean without worrying about an animal choking on junk.
Action has to be taken now... And quickly. I say this because for all of these things to happen they will take a while. For example, it takes ONE bottle 450 years to decompose and every second, something is littered onto the floor... and then into the ocean. Yearly, over 1 million marine animal lives are taken due to plastic, 15.3 billion trees are destroyed and 11 billion tonnes of oil from fossil fuels are used. Our carbon footprint will not be gone in a day, not in a week, not in a month but 50-200 years.
I cannot accomplish this by myself. But with your [Looks up at the audience] help, I am highly confident that we can. Let's do this for our Earth, our home.
Thank you for reading.