By Jennifer Seweryn, Grade 8
We live in an ever-changing world, but one thing has stayed consistent over the past few thousand years. In those past 150 years, global temperatures have risen by two degrees C. Comparing today’s average global temperature, and those of the ice ages is only five degrees C.
You might wonder why you should care about climate change. Well, climate change causes a plethora of problems. They create severe storms, droughts, floods, and wildfires. Climate change also affects us but not equally. From the scarcity of food and water to heat-related deaths, natural disasters, and more, climate change affects all of us. However, it primarily targets minorities such as the poor, elderly, and marginalized communities who live in more heavily impacted regions. Today, 1% of the Earth has a barely livable hot zone, but in 2070, it could go up to 19%, as said by NASA. If that happens, what will happen to all the people who live in those areas? That is why we need to think about how climate change can impact the world.
As humans, we have responsibility for what is happening to the Earth. Things such as landfills, burning fossil fuels, animal agriculture, the transportation sector, fertilizers, and methane emissions from food waste all emit greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere and contribute to global warming, as said in Trash is for Tossers. As you can see, we as humans are partially to blame for climate change, and therefore, it is only fair that we do something to fix it.
We can’t lose hope! We can contribute to the cause of slowing climate change. You can reduce your waste. Landfills are the top three drivers of methane emissions. You can also avoid using disposable items such as plastic forks or cups.
Another thing you can do is shop second-hand. Fast fashion contributes to climate change. You would be surprised to find out how many good clothing items are in thrift stores. You may be able to give love to a clothing item that might have ended up in a landfill!
When it comes to slowing down climate change, we are not just thinking about ourselves but the planet too. There are so many little things that we can do to try and slow down climate change, so why not do it? We are saving our Earth and everything that God put on it in the end.