I Care About Global Warming

What Is the Fate of Our Generation?

Alexa Hendrix, Journalist

I first started taking Climate Change seriously as soon as I was old enough to try to grasp this kind of a crisis. I was always told to limit my waste, start using reusable water bottles, and always recycle what I can. Growing up in Cleveland (somewhere where no one ever really cared about climate change), moving to Seattle was a huge wake up call for me. I started realizing the effects of my actions, and the long term damage I was able to do. And with the help of Mr. Self (shout out to him) I was really able to unlock my passion for making the world a better place for my

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future. I try to pick up litter when I see it, make sure to clean objects before recycling them, and I research what changes I can make to be more eco-friendly, but is that enough? What causes climate change and how can we actually help? Today were going to focus on one of the biggest factors of global warming: Carbon Dioxide. Carbon Dioxide, (Co2), is made by burning fossil fuels (basically the fumes that Planes and gasoline based cars emit). Co2 is bad because it is one of the main gasses that aid in the greenhouse effect (which is the trapping of the sun’s warmth in earths  lower atmosphere.) Co2 is probably the hardest gas to stop emitting, because as humans we’ve learned to rely on planes, trains, cars, etc. for transportation. Though electric vehicles are becoming more popular, they are expensive and in most cases, don’t function as well as fossil fueled vessels do. Carbon dioxide is also made by factories burning coal, which gets trapped in our atmosphere and heating up our planet, which interferes with weather, ecosystems, natural disasters, and many other detrimental effects.

The reason why I care so much about this is because I want my future to be bright and full of opportunities for myself and my descendants. The world is altering in a horrible way because of  humans and is soon going to be irreversible if were not careful enough. If you want to help, you can donate to organizations (listed at the bottom of this article), walking, riding a bike, or taking public transportation rather than driving, and further educating yourself on stopping the unique things you do daily that contribute to this climate crisis. By doing these things and many more, you can help significantly decrease your carbon footprint and make the right choices for your future.

 

 

 

ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO SAVE OUR PLANET:

Greenpeace USA

https://www.nrdc.org/

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https://www.edf.org/