“Record heat, melting ice, and rising seas.” Now is not the time to be concerned, that day has long passed. Industrialization, factories, combustion and mass production, all these advancements are not the solution, they are the problem. I’m not asking you to throw away your i-Phones or stop driving your Volvo. I’m asking you to care.
For years now we have trivialized global warming, even daring ourselves to believe it to be a myth. But global warming isn’t a bedtime story, it’s a worldwide issue.You can see it in the numbers from NASA: we’re having the highest levels of carbon dioxide in 650,000 years, the warmest weather on record and 4 years ago we had the lowest reports of ice.
With all this information at our doorstep, why does the United States of America still lead the world in climate change in denials. According to EcoWatch statistics, the US is the first to refute and the last to act. We have actors and public figures going out and giving speeches advocating change, then we have politicians and lobbyists that call it a hoax. One president advocates action while the next denies the existence. The contrasting opinions have to end.
Every two seconds, a forest the size of a football field is destroyed. In a year, over 9 thousand million metric tons of carbon are emitted by fossil fuel. For decades we have been prioritizing profit over logic, short term over long term, but every action we take against nature has a consequence. The symptoms are already showing, our glaciers are melting, rain patterns are changing and land masses are diminishing. There will be no ice left, sea levels reaching dangerous heights, hurricanes of unstoppable force, crops ruined by droughts and heatwaves.
We don’t have the luxury to deny this problem anymore. No matter who you are, a lawyer, a doctor, a teacher, a parent or a student, we all bear the responsibility of educating the people around us about the issue of global warming. Let us spread awareness and reverse these numbers. Fathers and mothers, tell your kids so that their kids can live a better life. Teachers, educate your students so that they can change the world for the better. Friends, tell your buddies even if it’s not “cool” because soon enough there won’t be a “cool” place for us to live anymore.
All is not lost in this beautiful world we live in. In this year, 111 parties signed the Paris Agreement for a step towards saving Earth. They set limits to how much we could produce, goals that help reduce emissions and a joint effort to combat climate change. Leaders aren’t the only ones who can save our beloved planet, every one of us can contribute to the cause. So the next time you are about to throw a tin can, crumple a wastepaper or dispose of unwanted plastic bags, remember this, reduce, reuse and recycle. In the words of the great Michael Jackson, “heal the world, make it a better place for you and for me and the entire human race.”