Climate Change: Very Real News

Alison Perkins and Ava Rognlien

  Climate change is real, and it’s happening now. Before we know it our earth may look like Disney’s movie, Wall-E. But unlike in the movie, there is still a chance for our generation to make a difference. This is a call to action for youth to band together to stop climate change. Our future depends on this.   

  Currently, some of our leaders may refuse to acknowledge to plummet our environment is taking, nonetheless, we must begin to go green if we wish to continue living on this planet. It is that serious, and no new technology can stop the damage.

  Over the course of history, emission of fossil fuel fumes and a heavy amount of CO2 into the atmosphere has damaged the earth and led to global warming. A large number of people still are convinced that global warming and climate change, maybe due to “Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS – Whatever happened to Global Warming?” claims President Donald Trump. However, there is clear evidence to back up claims and further prove that weather is not climate, Mr. President.

  The increase of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is a tell tale sign that the earth is in bad shape. According to journalist Donald Prothero, “carbon dioxide in our atmosphere has increased at an unprecedented rate in the past 200 years.” Very rapidly in a short period of time from the planet’s point of view, climate change has become an increasingly terrifying reality.

  Further, the melting of the polar ice caps and glaciers was once thought to be inconceivable, proving that climate change is in fact real. Prothero states, “The Arctic ice cap has been frozen solid for at least the past three million years and maybe longer, but now the entire ice sheet is breaking up so fast that by 2030 (and possibly sooner) less than half of the Arctic will be ice covered in the summer.”

  The melting of the polar ice caps threatens all forms of life. It leads to a global increase in temperature, alters sea levels, threatens all arctic life, and overall jeopardizes our planet’s very existence. The claim that global warming is not real is simply a translation of “I don’t care” or “I am ignorant.”

  Action needs to be taken to prevent climate change and hopefully turn back the clock or at least stop time on global warming’s agenda. Huge steps have been taken, like the creation of zero emission vehicles, and the development of clean energy sources like solar power.

   However, as a very influential generation, it is our job to use our voices and take action in saving the planet. Start with small actions like choosing to bring a reusable water bottle instead of buying a plastic one every day, walking instead of driving, carpooling, and encouraging others to do the same. Be conscious of the positive change you can have on our environment and take action!