With expanding oceans and melting ice caps, scientists predict that sea levels will inevitably rise more than 15 feet. This will devastate coastal cities around the world, causing extreme economic impacts.
Analysis: Global warming is happening at an accelerating rate. It likely will not affect older generations, but will have devastating effects on younger ones. If we don't begin taking action now, it will only happen faster. There are many people who believe that Global Warming is happening, but it is not caused by human activity, and many that don't believe in it at all. Whatever the reason, it's clear that as a population we need to work together to cease and reverse the toll we have taken on our planet. The rising sea level, abnormally hot temperatures, unusual drought, and acidified seas are plenty indication that something must be done to change the way we use (or abuse) planet Earth.
"The average annual temperature for the contiguous United States was 54.9°F, which was 2.9°F above the 20th century average. This was the second warmest year of the 122 years on record, behind 2012 (55.3°F), and the 20th consecutive warmer-than-normal year for the United States (1997–2016)." - NOAA
Big Takeaways: There are several different things that people can do to take action against climate change. On a personal level, remembering to do little things in order to consume less energy. Carpooling, turning off lights, switching to Eco-friendly energy sources, and using less plastic are a few. These things help reduce the carbon emissions that are contributing to the greenhouse effect.
On a larger and more political scale, the government needs to take action against climate change. With the beliefs of the new president, it is more important than ever to try and convince your fellow citizens to take action. Writing your representatives and senators about your concerns is a good place to start. Joining local environmental groups and petitioning against harmful environmental projects can help even more.
Whether you call it Climate Change, Global Warming, or a Hoax Perpetuated by the Chinese, something is happening, and it needs to stop. We only have one planet, and without it, all of the money and profit we make by exploiting it doesn't matter. If we continue to abuse our planet, we will all one day be refugees of Mother Earth.