The extent to which human behavior contributes to global warming and climate change remains a heated topic. When temperatures shift 100 degrees between days, people may worry about the climate. They notice the abnormal weather patterns and drastic temperature shifts. Question: Are humans causing climate change? Some citizens and governments may fail to realize that global warming and climate change is the direct result of industry.
Carbon emissions create a layer of greenhouse gases which acts as a blanket that traps heat in the earth’s atmosphere. According to NASA, “This layer of greenhouse gases traps heat radiating from earth towards space.” The blocking of heat warms the earth’s surface and ultimately leads to global warming.
According to Dr. Edward Turk, Instructor in Science, the main factor that contributes to climate change is carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Nasa reports, “Humans have increased atmospheric CO2 concentration by more than a third since the Industrial Revolution began. This is the most important long-lived ‘forcing’ of climate change.”
While many public figures in government and elsewhere may deny that climate change and global warming are urgent issues, the problems created by industry are affecting each citizen’s own health and safety, as well as the earth’s well-being.
As the Midwest experienced a “deep freeze” in the past couple weeks, major news networks underscored the urgency and seriousness of the weather. However, in fact, the cold weather is the result of global warming.
Dr. Turk said, “The recent deep freeze caused by global warming weakens the polar vortex and sends cold arctic air into the United States.”
In the long run, climate change is likely to affect the weather temperature locally, nationally, and internationally. Global warming causes unpredictable storms that can damage areas where agricultural productions of crops act as the major food supplies for their respective countries.
Storms near the sea coast would trigger the rise of sea levels that could destroy the plants which live near the coast and the sea organisms that live in the ocean coral reef. According to The Atlantic, “Half the coral in the Great Barrier Reef has died since 2016.” So much marine life depends on the coral reef. Its loss is likely to be devastating.
Given all these probable damages of climate change and global warming, why is this problem not taken more seriously?
Dr. Turk said, “The public is likely to get information from people who have motivations to tell false statements, such as politicians and entrepreneurs who manage huge industries. People can have huge voices on media and commercials, making the audience likely to be convinced by them.”
To have the public fully recognize the effects and urgency of climate change and global warming takes time and effort from each individual. Members of the Gilmour community can take action on this issue by becoming educated on how the climate works, critically reviewing the source credibility of media, and not wasting any products since many products are associated with the burning of fossil fuels in some way whether it be the production or the transportation of goods.
To provide more education about natural science, Gilmour offers the Environmental Science course that focuses on finding ways to help the current situation and increase understanding of environmental science in daily life.
Ms. Simonetta, Instructor in Science, said, “Gilmour Academy is not only educating the students now, but also making changes in the world for future generations.”