As we go on with our everyday lives, climate change is an issue that has been getting worse every single minute, of every day. About 75 percent of people on Earth have been affected by climate change indirectly or directly. Climate change is an issue that has become, “visible and noticeable almost everywhere in the world” (Max Callaghan; researcher). Researchers have also concluded that about 80 percent of the world’s land has been affected by global warming. Other issues such as crop failure, floods, and heatwaves are also caused by burning fossil fuels, carbon emissions, and methane.
In the U.S., some effects of climate disasters have caused about 388 deaths and have cost about $100 billion in damage control. Not only this, but due to the wildfires this year, California has lost nearly a million acres, making it one of the largest in the state’s history. It also released tons of smoke affecting the air quality for thousands of miles. These recent events have released far more CO2 emissions than ever before in the past two decades.
President Biden has been taking new initiatives in order to tackle this issue. During a virtual leader climate summit; where more than 40 world leaders joined together to talk about this rising issue and possible solution, he revealed his plan for an infrastructure package that would revitalize the U.S energy grid and be able to create a net-zero economy. It would not only aid in this fight to preserve the Earth, but also open up more job opportunities for people. He plans on reducing the gas emission to half by 2030. While the President admitted this is only a small step to win a large fight, it is one step forward and urges other people to take another step to come together and fight this battle. Right now President Biden is in a battle to save his infrastructure plan.
This week the ‘COP26’ is taking place; it is one of the biggest world meetings about tackling climate; about 25,000 people are said to be joining this event. Some of the expectations of these meetings are that more countries will choose to stray away from using coal, as their sole energy source. In addition, many will also sign up to reduce methane emissions. Talks for ending deforestation may also be in store. While it is known that this meeting will not change anything overnight, and it may not even make a big enough change. It is a step forward, in talking civilly, between people and working together to come up with more permanent solutions. We are running out of time and leaders need to act now- or face the wrath of an angry planet.