Do You Believe in Climate Change Now?

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Do You Believe in Climate Change Now?

Makenzie Baugus, Editor

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     Climate change is a problem that everyone is facing. Although the new generation is helping to fight against the change, it isn’t enough. Two of the main causes of climate change are cutting down forests, and burning fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas. Doing these things causes a rise in carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is naturally produced but the extra carbon dioxide that the earth is receiving from us is harmful. Having too much carbon dioxide causes rises in water temperatures all over the world, making the water more acidic and less hospitable for sea life. Also, the temperature of the water itself causes changes, or even death, in the creatures that live there.

    The increase in our planet’s temperature makes for unpredictable weather (more often). Heat waves are becoming a more present thing in our everyday life, causing droughts and floods. Recently, President Trump’s administration was held accountable for allowing the Interior Department to drill on roughly 300,000 acres of land in the state of Wyoming. It was decided by a federal judge that the department violated a federal law by not taking into account the climate impact of oil and gas leasing in the West. Drilling in the area is temporarily blocked. If it’s to the  point where our own president isn’t considering what the effects of these activities are, then is there ever going to be a change?

    The problem isn’t only with big companies; it comes back to home to everyone. The trend now  seems to be to litter. Most of the time littering is done because someone is too lazy to wait for a real trash can. In most people’s minds, before they litter, their thought is, “What’s one piece going to do?” In reality, the problem is much bigger since 30  million people might have that same thought throughout one day.

    The Earth’s warming is not news to many; it first became known around 30 years ago. Why hasn’t it been fixed yet? One of the most predominant reasons is ourselves.  In a study that was released during February, scientists said that carbon dioxide levels could soar to levels not seen in 56 million years by the middle of next century.  Temperatures like that caused major extinction of organisms in the sea that are important to the marine food web. The only difference between 56 million years ago and now is we know what the cause of these changes are, while back then they didn’t. Day by day we all make choices that could either help or hurt the planet.