Climate change is a huge issue that affects every person worldwide. Oceans are at an all time high, pollution and smog is in the air, and the heat seems to never end. Winter, for some of us has been cut short, and seems to feel like summer in February. Droughts are starting to surface with lack of rain. This is just the start of the many problems that are occurring because of climate change.

Global temperature has gone up two degrees fahrenheit since the 19th century. Within the past 35 years, we have had sixteen of the seventeen warmest years since 2001. Oceans are absorbing all this heat, causing glaciers to melt in the north and south poles. Animals are being affected by climate change as well, it is not just us humans. Wildlife in oceans also need to adapt to these warmer temperatures in the water or they can possibly die. The high temperatures are going to cause marine animals homes to be moved. Species will have to learn how to adapt. Coral bleaching has also been an issue, in which the high temperatures will stress out the coral which could lead to death. Storms, such as hurricanes, can cause debree to end up in oceans, in which this can hurt marine life as well.

Extreme weather events, such as hurricanes and severe storms, are causing mass destruction in every destination they hit. Sea levels continue to rise, in which erosion is increasing the risk of storms and floods. Due to hurricanes, some people have lost homes, towns, and even hope. Hurricanes make water temperatures in oceans go up as well. Climate change is a serious concern because it is starting to destroy our home. Events of flooding are wiping away homes as well, destroying anything in its path. Numerous factors have been shown to influence these local sea surface temperatures, including natural variability, human-induced emissions of heat-trapping gases, and particulate pollution. Worldwide, from 1980 to 2009, floods caused more than 500,000 deaths and affected more than 2.8 billion people. (nca).

High temperatures and dry conditions are fueling wildfires, burning down anything in its way, such as food, homes, cities, towns and even killing people. Although 80 percent of wildfires are started by people, the dry conditions cause them to spread rapidly and make it harder to put them out. Dry conditions and high temperatures make water a necessity. Droughts are beginning to surface in some areas due to the lack of rainfall. Once water becomes scarce, so does food. Temperatures like this also make electricity usage go up. People are wanting air conditioning and fans to keep cool. The need for electricity, especially during heat waves, could stress our electricity infrastructure, resulting in more frequent or prolonged power outages, or a need for new system investments. (epa).

There are ways in which we can “heal” the planet. Powering your home with reusable energy is a great way to start and your electric bill will thank you for it too. Invest in some energy efficient appliances. Efficiency standards for dozens of appliances and products have kept 2.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide out of the air. (nrdc). Reducing water waste will reduce carbon pollution. The EPA estimates that if one out of every 100 American homes were had water-efficient fixtures, about 100 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year would be saved, avoiding 80,000 tons of global warming pollution. Changing out your average light bulb with LED bulbs reduces the amount of energy used by 80 percent. Taking out the plugs you have in the wall at home saves energy as well. Even though whatever is plugged in may be off, it is still using energy. The “idle load” across all U.S. households adds up to the output of 50 large power plants in the U.S. So unplug rarely used equipment and unplug it if you never use it. Recycle too. Recycling reduces the amount of waste the world keeps producing. Use reusable water bottles and quit using plastic so much.

Driving a fuel efficient vehicle may be the way to go as well. It will save fuel as well as money going this route. Americans will spend $80 billion less at the pump each year and cut their automotive emissions by half if they invested in such a vehicle. Even riding a bike or taking the skateboard you have out of the garage and using that every now and then, can save energy and can help you out physically. Even walking around to places can save more money than some may think and can minimize the amount of pollution.

The world as a whole needs to realize that climate change is a real thing. Each and every individual is being affected without even knowing it. Earth is like our spaceship, it carries us around every single day. We as people need to start helping it out and return the favor. Storms, temperatures and pollution are increasing all of this. Although we as people can not help and fix all of this, we can start with the little things and slowly reach the goal. Wildlife is being affected as well. So stop being selfish and help them out too. Conserve some water. Conserve some energy. Stop polluting the air, even though it may be hard at first. People will thank you and so will you wallet.

 

Works Cited

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This article is a reliable source because it is from the Environmental Protection Agency. This article explains heat waves, health impacts and electricity impacts. I used this article to explain how electricity is going to be used much more due to the amount of heat waves we are experiencing.

GlobalChange.gov, www.globalchange.gov/climate-change/impacts-society.

This article is a reliable source in which it is from a program. It explains all the impacts that climate change is affecting society. I used this source to explain erosion as well as a storms damage.

July 17, 2017 Melissa Denchak. “How You Can Stop Global Warming.” NRDC, 11 Dec. 2017, www.nrdc.org/stories/how-you-can-stop-global-warming.

Denchak explains the importance of how to stop global warming. She explains what is useful for us as well as the planet and what we can do to help. I used this source to explain the importance of making a difference and helping out the planet with all the useful ways in which she explained.
“Marine Problems: Climate Change.” WWF, wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/blue_planet/problems/climate_change/.

This article is reliable because it is from WWF Global. This article explains the causes in oceans that is affecting marine life such as coral bleaching and warm water temperatures. I used this article to explain that wildlife is being affected by climate change too.

“Menu.” National Climate Assessment, nca2014.globalchange.gov/highlights/report-findings/extreme-weather.

This article explains the extreme weather conditions due to climate change. Storms, hurricanes heat waves and the droughts that we are encountering. I used this article to explain the importance of how these conditions are affecting each and everyone of us.