Climate Change


Kailyn Lowe, Editor


Ice caps are melting, Rainstorms and Snowstorms are getting more intense and frequent, more and more animals are vanishing at an alarming rate. What is the cause of all this? Global warming. One of the main causes of this is CO2 emissions which are by far the largest cause for not only global warming but also ocean acidification. Since 1950 human-based activities have virtually led to all temperature rise. 

So, what are some examples of what one could do to cut down on the effects? There are many different ways to do this, however, some examples may be taking showers instead of baths, Reducing junk mail, turning off the water while brushing your teeth, and recycling your phone when you’re done with it. Taking showers instead of baths reduces the amount of water used, baths take around double the amount of water and is proven to be healthier than baths. Reducing your junk mail is also a clever way to not only help the environment but also help you. The average American receives on average 40 pounds of junk mail yearly. To reduce your junk mail you can sign up for services that stop the annoying letters to help you and the environment. Recycling your phone when you’re done with it not only declutters that junk drawer but also prevents air and water pollution as well as reusing scraps instead of making new ones. Last but not least, spread the word. Share with your friends and family to help put a stop to global warming. 

Scientists have said that there are only 11 years until climate change is irreversible. That means in 2030, our planet will keep deteriorating, and we won’t be able to put a stop to it. 

Environmental activist and leader of the youth climate change movement, Greta Thunberg, has shed much light upon the subject. Thunberg is very adamant on this subject because it’s a topic she’s showed interest in since she was a kid. “I want you to act as if the house is on fire because it is.” Said Thunberg. Greta Has spent many years dedicating her time to environmental activism. 

According to the National Wildlife Foundation, if everyone in the world lived as people do in America, it would take five Earths to provide enough food, water, and other resources for everyone. That means that America is one of the top 5 contributors to the planet’s deterioration.  

All in all, the planet is slowly but surely falling apart. Not just one person can fix the planet, however, a group as a whole can do a lot. So, whether you’re volunteering to pick up litter, take a walk instead of drive, or even just take a shorter shower, little impacts can go a long way.