Mother Earth Screams for Help

It's time to listen.

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Mother Earth Screams for Help

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Wildfires and devastating hurricanes are an all too common occurrence in the past few years. One of the most impactful reasons for these natural disasters? Climate change.

Over the weekend, a climate change report was released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a branch of the United Nations.

A month ago, the United Nations also stated the world has about 12 years, until 2030, to slow down the fast moving global warming which can result in an uninhabitable world.

“Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough, to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption,” shared António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, at a Poland climate meeting.

The results may not be surprising to scientists in the environmental field, but is plenty alarming to the world that action needs to be taken.

According to the report released by the United Nations, an average global temperature increase by 1.5 degrees celsius would result in life-changing effects.

Environmental economist, Gary Yohe, stated, “My view is that two degrees is aspirational and 1.5 degrees is ridiculously aspirational. They are good targets to aim for, but we need to face the fact that we might not hit them and start thinking more seriously about what a 2.5 degree or three degree world might look like.”

This new information about climate change is meant to spread awareness for a global cause that is of the utmost importance to all.

Al Gore, a well known advocate for environmental protection, declared, “We have a global emergency.”

When reflecting upon the global aspect, caring for the environment proves to be a uniting issue for all countries. If we destroy our home, the very fabric of life will be deeply disturbed.

“Right now we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: Climate change,” expressed David Attenborough, a British broadcaster.

Advancements seem to be made in fields of science such as medicine and tech. While these achievements are an important step for progress of our society, we must give our environment the same attention.

Those who oppose environmental legislation and governmental regulation fear a negative effect on the economy.

In my opinion, the sake of the environment needs changes from society and the time has arrived for worldwide intervention. If we choose to not care about the environment, we condemn ourselves and our future.

This is not to say that there are not scientists who work day and night to research and search for solutions because there are many of those people. Their efforts are especially appreciated and important for our generation and future generations.

However, as students, it becomes more complicated to identify steps individuals can take to contribute to a clean environment.

We do not need to necessarily take large steps. Little steps, like recycling, using a reusable water bottle, or participating in a litter clean up are valuable. Small actions do add up to the big picture.

The current state of the environment provides plenty of evidence in favor of governmental action, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions within big businesses.

The common climate change effects leads to society’s adaptations in everyday life, such as construction changes made at coastal California homes because of rising sea levels.

It may feel scary to think about climate change, but if everyone starts taking small steps, including the government and businesses, toward change, we can empower ourselves to take on the tide of global climate change.

Climate change should matter to everyone — we only have one Earth. If we want to preserve our planet for ourselves and future generations, we better start listening to the signs that Mother Nature is giving.

Ignorance over the state of the environment inevitably hurts ourselves, but also hurts the ecosystems across the globe, Earth itself, and future generations. The time to take action is now.