Climate Change is an issue that has been building up decade by decade. The Earth has been getting warmer since the Industrial Revolution.
Climate Change is a very broad term for what is happening. It essentially refers to long-term change in weather. Signs of climate change include rising temperatures, melting glaciers, and unexpected weather patterns. This has been caused by humans, and solely humans. Human activity such as deforestation and increasing unsustainable agriculture stand as major examples. With fewer trees, we are fuelling up climate change as we reduce the natural environment's capacity to absorb carbon emissions, which just makes us worse off in the long run.
Many countries have realized the severity of this issue and have decided to take action through a variety of different methods. Some of these methods include recycling policies and using environmentally friendly energy. However, as our emissions are greater than those we reduce, nothing seems to help at the moment.
The burning of fossil fuels is the main contributor to climate change, and everyone needs to acknowledge it. As the main source of carbon dioxide and other deadly greenhouse gases, it is the burning of fossil fuels that feeds what is known as the greenhouse effect, an effect in which the Earth warms itself due to an increase of positive climate forcing. From 1990 to 2019, greenhouse gases in the atmosphere increased by 45%.
We can already see the effects of climate change in the United States right now. Salt Lake City in Utah hit its highest temperature of 107 degrees (Fahrenheit) earlier this week, and summer hasn’t even started! This is known as a heat dome according to officials and is currently located in the South West United States. Over 40 million people are experiencing a potentially lethal heatwave. Scientists say that this is a result of solar radiation, clear skies, and winds, which are raising temperatures by 25 degrees. Amid a world record historical drought, the lowest water level on record is seen nearby in Lake Mead, Nevada, which is expected to suffocate at a temperature close to 125 F this Sunday.
It is important to take into account climate change because it will bring devastating effects to us and our surroundings. We have to take action against this before it's too late. It might seem like an impossible task, but if we all work together, we can definitely work to prevent the build-up of more fatal issues. Some ways anyone can help are; speaking up, reducing waste, reducing energy usage, and by simply walking more. This might seem inconvenient to most, but as of right now, these are the main methods you can easily contribute towards fighting this human-made climate crisis.