Climate change is affecting the world very quickly with correlation to our consumerism ideals. As we follow the never-ending cycle of produce, consume, and dispose; global warming and many natural disasters follow right behind us. When we dispose of our waste, we usually dispose of it in ways that harm our planet (i.e. landfills, litter, incineration, waste into our natural resources, etc.). These detrimental, wasteful acts cause the climate and weather patterns to change and this affects the people, animals, organisms, and plant life on our planet, Earth.
(“Stop Global Warming”)
In Albuquerque, we have our wonderful Rio Grande and it is slowly depleting. One of the only main sources of water, going back into the river, is from the melting of the snowpacks each spring. Snowpacks are “a mass of snow on the ground that is compressed and hardened by its own weight.” These snowpacks are mostly found in Colorado, mainly Durango, which gets roughly 71” of snow per year [durango.com]. When spring comes back around, the snow melts due to the increase in temperature and the water, or “Spring Runoff”, rushes down into the Rio Grande, other rivers, and lakes. The river becomes much more abundant in the spring, but as the year goes on, it becomes less and less copious. New Mexico is a drought-ridden desert with the name, “The Land of Enchantment.” But it’s not very enchanting if it is just dirt and a dry river bed. We don’t have much water to begin with, and the water that we do use is from the Rio Grande, other states, and from our aquifer. With our fast wasteful uses for water, we drain the only water that we have and that causes us to use other states’ water, which they need, too.
(A snowy mountain, the source of the “Spring Runoff”)
Our state is a desert oasis. It really is enchanting, but the warm and dry climate plus our water wasting habits will most likely result with life being unmanageable in New Mexico. If we didn’t have the “Spring Runoff” from the snowpacks in Colorado, our river would be depleted much faster. Global Warming is changing the climates that people have become used to and they are impacting ecosystems and habitats, plant life, animal life, microorganisms, and, of course, our lives. As we continue to waste our world’s resources, global warming will only get worse and worse. We need to change our habits of overusing water and overconsuming when we don’t need to and we need to take steps towards a more sustainable lifestyle for the world altogether.