Climate Change Awareness

Climate Change Awareness

Brecklyn Laird and Makenzie Koller, Dedicated Writer

It feels like every year, I hear we are breaking records from the hottest day on record or the biggest heat waves ever or the most glaciers melting or the most wildfires. Why?

The rapid climate change is being affected by greenhouse gas. In 2000, the CO2 emission showed a lower rate and then in 2019, there showed a 50% higher increase rate of CO2 emissions. The emissions just keep increasing.

One solution to decreasing CO2 emissions is making everything more efficient. There will be a rebound effect though. Sometimes when something is more efficient this can lead to more polluting because less and less people will know how to reuse. Another downfall is that once everything is efficient it is hard to get more efficient and many investment business rates will decrease.

Another cause and effect of CO2 emissions is the fossil fuel burnings. Every time we burn fossil fuel, we release CO2 emissions, and that means that we are releasing a lot. If we can shut down coal and fossil fuel factories this could make the CO2 emissions rate slow down. These are just some of the many solutions you can step up and do to fight climate change.

After doing a couple interviews with Mr. Wedemeyer, 7th grade Science teacher, and Mr. Laird, 8th grade Science teacher, about climate change, both of them had similar responses.

Both 100% believe the science behind climate change.  Mr. Wedemeyer explained that, “Looking back at past mass extinctions there are similar relationships between the CO2 global temperature, we have more severe weather patterns, as well as rising level oceans. Although it is hard to say if climate change will have a massive impact on the future, we can predict what will happen based on current trends. Due to the rapid change in global temperatures, we can see that the ecosystem is changing in ways that we have never seen before. We are at a loss at biodiversity.”

Mr. Laird concludes that, as human populations grow, the natural resources will grow, causing more CO2 and methane released into the air.

Mr. Wedemeyer and Mr. Laird made it clear that climate change is not going to stop all of a sudden, and they both believe we need to step up and make a difference before it is too late.

One solution to decreasing CO2 emissions is making everything more efficient. There will be a rebound effect though. Sometimes when something is more efficient this can lead to more polluting because less and less people will know how to reuse. Another downfall is that once everything is efficient it is hard to get more efficient and many investment business rates will decrease.

Another cause and effect of CO2 emissions is the fossil fuel burnings. Every time we burn fossil fuel we let we release CO2 emissions, and that means that we are releasing a lot. If we can shut down coal and fossil fuel factories this could make the CO2 emissions rate slow down.

Some simpler solutions are reusing natural resources, driving less, keeping electricity limited, reducing water waste, and buying food locally.

It’s obvious that we all need to step up to fight climate change.  It won’t happen if we don’t.