Climate Change

“Climate change is the greatest threat to humanity, perhaps ever. Global temperatures are rising at an unprecedented rate, causing drought and forest fires and impacting human health.”

—Cary Kennedy

In this article, I’ll be briefly discussing global warming, including what it is, what causes it, and what we can do to stop this. I hope you enjoy and benefit from reading this article!

What is global warming?

You’ve probably heard about global warming before. It seems to be all over the news, and it is also the center of a lot of heated political debate. Typically, liberals believe in global warming while conservatives do not.

Global warming is the gradual changing of the weather conditions of the Earth, which is having disastrous effects on nature. Global warming is essentially leading to the decay of the conditions of our planet as we know it. Many examples of global warming can be seen around us as more and more forests are dying, ice caps are melting, and wildlife animals are either going extinct or losing their home. Despite efforts to deny the evidence of global warming itself, there is no denying that there is actually something wrong with our planet’s ecosystem that requires our immediate attention.

Why is global warming happening?

In essence: the answer is us. Humans and our immense greed for more and more earth and technology have led to immense amounts of deforestation as well as the emission of dangerous gases into the air. “Called greenhouse gases, their levels are higher now than at any time in the last 800,000 years.” (National Geographic)

As human society has expanded and grown much more advanced in terms of technology, we have required the use of more of nature’s resources and we have also emitted more waste (garbage, etc.) into the environment which has helped lead to global warming.

What can we do to aid global warming?

Despite that a lot of the harm humans enact on our environment is caused by large factories and companies, there are still things we can do in our everyday lives to help global warming.

I am going to briefly go over a few of the most important ones in this article but please visit this website for more!

One of the best things we can do to help our planet is to reduce water consumption. This can be done in several ways, including taking shorter showers and making sure never to leave a faucet on when we aren’t using it.

Another way to help our planet is to reduce food waste. By buying less food and actually consuming all of the food we buy, we reduce the amount of food waste that ends up in landfills and contaminates the planet.

The last tip I’ll be sharing with you is unconventional, but important. If you are truly passionate about helping our planet by stopping global warming, a good option is to try to contact your local and state politicians as well as other policy makers you may know of. It is important to let them know that policies protecting the planet should be a priority.

I hope you’ve benefitted from what I’ve had to share today. Global warming is a serious issue, but if we all work together by changing these things in our lives, we can truly help our planet.

References

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/global-warming-overview/

https://www.nrdc.org/stories/how-you-can-stop-global-warming

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—Heinrich Rohrer

 

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