While climate change has been scientifically proven for over a decade now, it has only been within the last five years that I have changed my lifestyle and embraced the idea that change needs to happen and it has to happen now. It could have been my love for nature and my disdain for cities. It could have been the recent energy discovery in Pennsylvania, in my hometown, that opened my eyes to an overuse of carbon to procure carbon to use carbon. It could have been from the birth of my nephew and a fear for his future.
I spend most of my waking moments thinking how I can use less, from buying locally to reducing my amount of waste to supporting only companies that support enviro friendly practices.
With that said, I urge that we rethink the way we’ve become a consumer driven, throw away society. I do not want my children and grandchildren to look back at our generations as the ones who have put our planet in danger but rather the ones that made the change to build a foundation for them to advance technologies and to become a sustainable species.
Climate week is from September 22nd to the 28th and kicks off with the climate march on New York City September 21st - where leaders will meet to discuss a course of action on climate change. If you still question climate change or believe it’s not as bad as it’s portrayed, please take the time to watch this. I would rather make the change now and be more than overjoyed if the climate does not change than take the wait-and-see approach only to find out it’s too late. If you are unable to take action during climate week, action can start at your home, the bottom line, to reduce a demand for carbon hungry initiatives and support renewable energy. Also, voting and supporting those politicians that support climate change and environmentally friendly practices will help the future generations and support our sustainability as a species. Please take the time.
Come for the Bill Nye cameo, stay for the overwhelming weight of scientific evidence and universal consensus showing that man-made climate change is real and happening now.
Another way to sum up the problem with how climate change science is represented by the news: We have to tune in to comedy shows to get a straight look at the facts.
While the media still “debates” climate change, UC Merced scientists are testing out the conditions in the Sierra Mountains to see what snow melt will be like at the end of the century. This is to understand how California will deal with it’s water supply during future droughts caused by climate change.