By Farah Obaidullah. Originally published on LinkedIn
Noon on the first Monday of every month, a siren is tested that is heard through out the country. It is set off to warn of an impending attack. To me it serves as a reminder that people still suffer through war and that the safety of The Netherlands, a wealthy but precariously low-lying nation, cannot and should not be taken for granted.
The last time the Netherlands was at war, people were called upon to serve the nation whichever way possible, united for the collective good of our society, to defend our safety and way of life. Sacrifices were made, curfews enforced, food rationed.
Today, our communities, our safety and our security are under attack like never before in human history. Climate change, brought on by the burning of fossil fuels to drive our cars, fly our planes, warm and cool our homes, and power our gadgets, is literally changing the face of our planet. The earth is warming faster than it can adapt to because of increased emissions of greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide. The oceans are warming, affecting marine life including fish that feed millions around the world. Increased carbon dioxide means more acidic seas, stifling the growth of countless animals such as corals and shellfish. Warmer seas also mean changing weather patterns. Our methods of farming and feeding the world, which has sustained us for centuries, are under siege. Our land is drying up in places and flooding in others. Storms are becoming more extreme, sea levels are rising.
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