Climate change has been the topic of many debates and has evolved throughout time. Most of these evolutions have done more harm than good to the environment. Scientists have been conducting research to prove the existence and effects of climate change. In October of this year, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report warning that the Earth has twenty years before it is too late to fix what humans have done to the planet. The effects of climate change will not stop until humans take rapid action against it.
Over the past decades, human actions have done damage to the earth’s climate and have had detrimental effects. The current warming trend is caused by the increased levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which are caused by methane from livestock and the burning of fossil fuels.
We spoke to Julianne Kucera about her opinions on climate change, and she said, “It all starts with us as humans. We have been favoring big businesses and money over sustainability and an effort to take care of our planet.”
Scientists believe that global temperatures will continue to rise for the next decades by approximately 2.5-10 degrees fahrenheit. Glaciers will continue to shrink, loss of sea ice will rise, and there will be more intense heat waves throughout the next decade. Natural disasters, like hurricanes, are projected to increase because of the rise in sea level and the warmer sea surface temperatures. These heat waves and changing sea levels will affect essential aspects of life, such as agriculture, making it increasingly more difficult to produce fresh food.
We, as humans, are responsible for doing all we can to slow down and reverse the effects of climate change.
Kucera suggests, “I think we need to follow Europe’s lead and begin to ban plastic utensils, plates, straws, etc. and begin to resort to eco friendly materials to produce. We should start using efficient green power as our only source of energy.”
Small changes such as switching to more energy efficient light bulbs, reducing the amount of meat in your diet and carpooling with friends to cut down on fuel emissions can have a beneficial impact. A large effort has to be made by everyone from individuals to large corporations for us to see a change, but the most important thing for us to do is educate ourselves and others about the current state of our environment in order to solve this global epidemic.