Here’s what Ignition Green’s day-to-day looks like: Ignition Green Health Careers is hard at work at one of their after school meetings. This meeting, we took a small detour from our usual climate focus and discussed invasive species.
Invasive species are non-native plants, animals, or other organisms introduced to an ecosystem by outside means. Because these species are not adapted to fit into the ecosystem’s food web or fill a specific ecological role, they can “invade” or spread throughout the ecosystem. This often causes lasting damage to the ecosystem, leading to negative effects on the local environment, economy, and public health.
Invasive Species and Climate Change
In fact, the effects of climate change can make ecosystems more vulnerable to invasive species. The changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, temperature, and nutrient availability stress ecosystems and make them more vulnerable to invasion. Additionally, increasing global temperature and humidity can allow plant and animal species to migrate northward, disrupting colder ecosystems. This is just one of many negative effects that climate change can have on our environment. It’s important to remember that ecosystems and our environment are complex systems and can be easily disrupted by seemingly minute changes; even though a “few degrees” increase in global temperatures due to climate change may seem trivial, it can leave lasting scars on Earth.
Kudos to Health Careers for discussing this important facet of climate change along with their usual planning and coordinating!
To learn more about the relationship between invasive species and climate change, visit http://climate.org/archive/topics/ecosystems/invasivespecies.html