Why Should We Prevent Climate Change?


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Allison Kim, Contributor

Climate change. It is one of the most popular topics that everybody talks about. News, social media, adults, and even your friends might tell you that you should protect the environment and prevent climate change. But why? Well, this article is going to tell you about that if you have that question in your mind.

Is Climate Change Really Happening?

First, you need to know what climate change is and if it is really happening. Some might say that climate change and its effects absolutely exist, however, some might say that they are not sure because their lives are perfectly fine and they have never even experienced the threat of climate change. 

According to NASA, the Earth’s average temperature rose 2 degrees Fahrenheit from the late 90s due to increased carbon emissions. Also, the top 100 meters of the ocean show 0.6 degrees Fahrenheit increase. This is clearly showing the sign of climate change, which is global warming. In addition, NASA explains the evidence of the rapid climate change, which are global temperature rise, warming ocean, shrinking ice sheets, glacial retreat, decreased snow cover, sea-level rise, declining arctic sea ice, extreme events, and ocean acidification. 

Reasons Why We Should Care About Climate Change

Now we know that climate change is a true, current happening event, I’ll explain why we need to care about it. The first and absolute reason is that humans are the cause of climate change.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, even though climate changes over time, there is a 95% chance that human activities have been the dominant cause of global warming. Humans have produced billions of greenhouse gasses including carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane especially by burning fossil fuels. These greenhouse gasses increase the greenhouse effect, warming the planet. The greenhouse effect is when solar radiation is absorbed by the Earth and some of it gets released back into the atmosphere as heat.

The second reason is that climate change will impact every single part of our lives and lead us to serious threats. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, climate change will impact water, food, human health, the environment, and infrastructure. These parts are all interrelated to our society, damaging and impacting people in severe and diverse ways. For example, a lot of extreme weather events happening due to climate change will cause harm to food, water, human health, and infrastructure.

Also, the World Health Organization predicts that climate change will cause more than 150,000 deaths per year, meaning that 1,500,000 people will die per decade. This is an enormous mortality rate that we should absolutely care about and never ignore. 

Climate change is not something that is not going to affect you or we don’t need to care about it. It will impact you, your family, friends, neighbors, and every single person on this planet. Now is the time to act and stand up for our future, environment, and ourselves. It’s not too late. We need to use our hope, faith, effort, time, and everything to protect our planet, our home.