Climate Change  

Alberto Vasquez

     Some scientists and climate experts believe the world has 10 years until climate change is irreversible, and the aftermath of droughts, increased heat, decline in the water supply and wildfires will occur more frequently.  

     According to The Guardian article, “We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN” (October 2018) by Debra Roberts said. The world is currently 1C warmer than preindustrial levels. Insects, which are vital for pollination of crops, and plants are almost twice as likely to lose half their habitat at 2C compared with 1.5C. Corals would be 99% lost at the higher of the two temperatures, but more than 10% have a chance of surviving if the lower target is reached.    

     I think we could stop climate change by listening to what the experts say, Ford sophomore Makayla Laub said. If we do not try hard to stop climate change, I think it will have a big impact on our normal lives in the future by affecting the weather and environment in the area we live in. 

     The negative impact on the environment worries climate change advocates. 

     I think climate change will have a big effect on how fast the ice melts in the ocean,” Eisenhower sophomore Emeli Cook said. “I think it would cause the sea level to rise causing major floods.” 

     Animal rights activists worry about animal habitats becoming extinct. 

     “I think that if we do not try to stop climate change plants and animals will not have habitats,” Eisenhower junior Malinda Yossif Said. “I think we could stop climate change by recycling and pulling plugs when electricity is not being used.” 

     There is push back on climate change advocacy. 

     “I think climate change is not real because only some parts of the world are getting warmer,” Eisenhower sophomore Alexis Graye said. “I think the pollution is what is causing some parts of the world to warm up. 

     Pollution control may be one way to contribute to a better climate. 

     “I think coastal towns and poor nations will feel the affects of climate change much more than other areas due to rising waters and unpredictable weather patterns” Stevenson teacher Joseph Bungart said. I think we could reverse the affects of climate change by having a global plan, reducing the emissions from fossil fuels and increasing the use of renewable energy.”