Trump- Climate Change is Unimportant


Tiffany Chen, Writer


How important can climate change possibly be? Who needs the Paris Accords?

It’s only an increase of 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit in 135 years, how is that even important?

Only 720,000 square kilometers of sea ice melted, what’s the big deal?

No one is dying, so why does anyone need to care?

Sure, climate change isn’t important, but that is because it is incredibly significant. The disappearing sea ice isn’t a big deal, but that is because it is a huge deal. No one is dying? Not only is that statement wrong, not that anyone needs to care, but because everyone has to care. 1.7 degrees doesn’t sound much, but it has already contributed to the decline of at least 14% of the world’s coral reef population. 720,000 square kilometers of melted ice, but sources have confirmed that melting ice will potentially make Shanghai, Manhattan, and other cities around the world a part of the past history. Now, if so many areas will be submerged, will people still be able to live if they do not find higher ground? Why does anyone need to not care?

Climate change goes beyond just flooding cities and harming marine life. Justin Gillis, a New York Times contributor, stated that climate change will “…destabilize governments, produce waves of refugees, precipitate the sixth mass extinction of plants and animals in Earth’s history…” What does this all mean? Climate change and global warming will eventually lead to loss of homes and ecosystems-the places that both humans and animals belonged to. Although this is something that will not happen for another century or so, technological advancements and future developments can change any current predictions.

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Destruction of homes and ecosystems still seems meaningless? Let’s talk about the destruction of a community or possibly a whole state, maybe even half a country; natural disasters. After several decades, these disasters probably aren’t “natural” anymore. Gillis mentioned in his article, “The number of hurricanes and typhoons may actually fall, but the ones that do occur will draw energy from a hotter ocean surface, and therefore may be more intense, on average, than those of the past. Coastal flooding will grow more frequent and damaging.” This is not really a surprise anymore, because the records of severe hurricanes are often beat by the next year’s hurricane. But that’s not the end.

When most of these damages are done, or in the process of completion, there is still one more thing to worry about: food production and supply. If plants are dying at a high rate due to pollution, temperature changes, and maybe even flooding of farmland, where will food come from? Unless new technological inventions are created to replace the conventional way of farming, then there is a high likelihood that mass starvation will become a global trend. Keep in mind that flooded cities will take a huge toll on the world economy; there will be very few funds for additional technological inventions. In this bottomless pit of problems that Earth fell in, is there a solution that this it can grasp onto-or will the problems keep adding burden to the shoulders of Earth and let it fall deeper faster?

The rope of hope that can pull Earth out of further danger is human effort:

1. Walk, bike, or take public transportation rather than driving.

2. Reduce carbon emissions by reducing airplane trips.

3. Teach friends & family about the issue of climate change.

4. Eat less meat. Methane from factory farming creates more greenhouse problems than cars.

4. Spread the message and don’t be a Trump!

More ways can be found in the link below.

35 Easy Ways To Stop Global Warming