The Climate Change Crisis

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Sammi Buckley, Journalist

Some say we, as humans, are our worst enemy. We evolve and adapt to the ever-changing world around us. Or do we? Scientifically, we are the ones changing our natural world. The new ecologically efficient technology meant to remedy this might just be too late. 

As climate change has become a popular topic within the past few years, concerns have risen. I mean, we are running out of space! Yes, land is becoming more scarce due to growing cities and towns. Without space, landfills are struggling to expand. This causes our trash to end up in the ocean. You may have heard the phrase “save the turtles” this past summer as results showed that 86% of sea turtles were affected negatively by roaming plastics. Looking at the larger picture, 267 species worldwide have been impacted by bottles and bags.  

But that doesn’t really affect us humans, right? Another example of our carbon footprint would be the wildfires in the midwest and California. In just this past year alone, nearly 1.3 million acres of the Golden State have been burned to the ground (that’s about 83% of the entire state). 

To make up for the damage, many are starting to consider reusable materials and other sources of energy. Many high end automobile companies have been producing hybrid cars for years, but now we are beginning to see common cars including Ford and Toyota transition to more available hybrid models. Solar energy is no new concept as it has been widely accessible after being created in the 1950s. Many arguments against it say that the panels, “take up too much space,” or, “only work when the sun is out.” Although they may be a harder concept to get behind, the use of solar energy eliminates extra greenhouse gases and air pollution from reaching and destroying the ozone layer. 

Now this isn’t your sign to splurge on a new car and get rid of all electricity, however there are little everyday things one can change about their routines. For instance, using reusable bottles or a water filter. According to the Container Recycling Institute 100.7 billion plastic water bottles are used yearly. Cutting down these numbers are crucial to protecting our wildlife. Another way is to use longer lasting light bulbs. Finally, plant a tree! Planting something green not only helps us by providing oxygen, but it also provides new habitats for native animals. 

Even though climate change is a challenge larger and much more complicated than us, we are able to alter these detrimental numbers. The question at hand still stands: Will we be able to help ourselves in the future, or have we already destroyed any chance of reconstruction?