In celebration of April’s Earth Day, Tata Harper Skincare is proud to be a sponsor of The Climate Reality Project. The nonprofit, founded by Nobel Laureate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, works to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society.
We never use synthetics, and that means we rely on climate health for our botanical ingredients. Here are three countries that are and will be significantly impacted by climate change and the ingredients we source:
- India: Davana Essential Oil, Kokum Butter, Vetiver Essential Oil, Papain (from papaya)
- Madagascar: Spilanthes, Tamanol, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
- Guatemala: Cardamom Essential Oil
India is experiencing extreme climate change. Drastic changes in rainfall and weather patterns have led to extreme natural disasters. Massive increase in heat has affected not only India’s crops but its citizens as their main water supply, Himalayan glaciers, melt away. India has promised to invest in clean energy and focus on using more renewable sources in the next several years which would help immensely and assist in preventing more disasters taking place. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in 2015 at the Paris climate change talk, “It is the result of global warming that came from the prosperity and progress of an industrial age powered by fossil fuel. We see it in the risks of our farmers, the changes in weather patterns, and the intensity of natural disasters.”
Madagascar is eerily similar. The country is also suffering from extreme flooding and droughts, causing its natives to flee their homes on more than one occasion. Where the island is positioned, it is susceptible to cyclones which have increase in intensity due to extreme and unpredictable weather patterns. Partnering with German aid agency GIZ, the country is replanting trees that have been destroyed by deforestation in an attempt to provide sustainable farming for its population. Sadly, being a country with little funds to spare, climate change is a very real and very immediate danger to the health of the island, much of which do not have access to clean water. Losing forest and devastating storms are destroying crops that help bring funds into the country.
Guatemala is in an unfortunate geographical position. Where it is located, it is extremely affected by climate change, experiencing terrible hurricanes, extreme rainfall, earthquakes and never ending droughts. It is in the top ten of countries most affected by climate change even though it emits one of the smallest percentages, 0.5%, of greenhouse gases in the world. Like Madagascar, deforestation is affecting the country deeply.
Seeing a pattern? Weather is getting harsher, forests are being cut down, glaciers are melting and oceans and temperatures are rising. All this, according to extensive research and experts, is caused mainly by greenhouse gases. The greenhouse effect is defined by the EPA as: When sunlight reaches Earth’s surface, it can either be reflected back into space or absorbed by Earth. Once absorbed, the planet releases some of the energy back into the atmosphere as heat (also called infrared radiation). Greenhouse gases like water vapor (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), and methane (CH4) absorb energy, slowing or preventing the loss of heat to space. In this way, GHGs act like a blanket, making Earth warmer than it would otherwise be. This process is commonly known as the “greenhouse effect.”