HOW DOES CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECT US?

That is why it is fundamental that we protect ourselves and avoid its consequences. And what should we do to not be like time?

It is a fact that meteorological phenomena affect our behaviour. Whether it rains, wind or sun is not indifferent to us. The humidity, the change of seasons, the full moon, etc., influence us since the dawn of humanity.

Seasonal changes, for example, affect the production of various chemical substances in our body, such as serotonin and adrenaline, responsible for changes in mood. This is related to the amount of light we perceive. As a rule, in autumn and winter, we tend to be more prone to be sad and listless than in spring and summer.

Another verified fact is related to the warm winds, which cause in some people states of nervousness or anxiety. This is the case of the Tramuntana or the Sirocco. And humidity, for example, affects people with rheumatic pain or old injuries.

The full moon, on the other hand, besides influencing the tides, also seems to have a certain relationship with the increase of psychiatric emergencies, although there is no scientific justification for it. In the same way, that excess heat can cause violent behaviour. In any case, obviously, not all phenomena influence each person in the same way. And, after all, these are natural phenomena that have always been present among us.

Some precautions

But it is true that we must take a series of precautions against scientifically proven facts, related to not so natural phenomena caused by the action of human beings, such as those that are causing climate change. For example, although it is a reality that the hole over Antarctica is closing, the ozone layer continues to crack, especially in the most inhabited areas of the planet. This causes lower protection against ultraviolet radiation. Therefore, it is very important to use good sunglasses that protect us not only from the front but, if possible, also laterally facing the next spring and, fundamentally, the summer. More and more eye problems are occurring that affect the lens and cellular tissues.

In addition to taking care of our sight of the harmful UV rays, you know that it is absolutely essential to avoid any unnecessary exposure of our body to solar radiation to move away from us the danger of suffering from skin cancer. If we can not resist the temptation to sunbathe on the beach, at least let’s not forget to put on maximum sun protection.

But this does not mean we have to run away from the sun like vampires. A moderate dose of sunlight makes us produce more vitamin D, which is responsible for strengthening our bones, for example.

As you well know, climate change is causing changes in the weather in each season. We can be living a harsh winter, as is natural at this time and, at the same time, in the interval from one day to another or even in a few hours, move to springtime. In summer we are experiencing extreme heat waves that cause fluid loss and decrease in blood pressure, even heart attacks.

Although it is true that we are still a few months away from the summer, facing spring too, it is worth remembering that we should avoid, as far as possible, going out into the streets at the riskiest hours, that is, afternoon And do not forget to drink a lot of water to avoid losing fluids.

And, since almost everything also has its good side, the high temperatures, not the extreme ones, help to relax the musculature and are beneficial for some joint problems, as well as improving the mood.

And from the sun we go to the rain. Rain, of course, is absolutely necessary. His prolonged absence is dramatic. But, as a consequence of climate change and, in particular, of high pollution, after prolonged droughts, episodes of extreme rains are taking place that leads to floods that are not usual until now in certain areas. In some cases, they are accompanied by strong winds.

In our hands

Is it in our hands to fight against climate change? What can each of us do to combat global warming?

We can start by using our car less. Whenever possible, we must use sustainable means of transport, such as cycling and public transport. If we are going to travel far, the train is better than the aeroplane, which causes a large part of the CO 2 emissions emitted into the atmosphere.

A second action that we can carry out is to never leave our appliances on stand by. And we can also save energy by always adjusting the heating and air conditioning thermostat.

Let’s practice sustainability by consuming less, more efficiently. Reuse, recycle. We can save more than 730 kilos of CO 2 per year just by recycling half of the garbage we generate in our home. If we have the opportunity to plant a tree, let’s do it: a single tree, in all its life, can absorb up to a ton of CO 2.

And finally, within our global commitment to well-being and quality of life in all our Inacua centres, we could not fail to mention the importance of contributing to the fight against climate change using the stairs instead of the elevator or going by bike or walking to work whenever we can.

If we add to this a low carbon diet reducing the consumption of meat (livestock is one of the biggest pollutants in the atmosphere) and processed foods, and increase the intake of fruits, vegetables, and combat global warming we will be contributing, at the same time, to keep us in shape leading a healthier life.

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