Climate change occurring faster than anticipated

Climate change is more prominent in our world today than ever before, and it’s time for action

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Hageman makes sure to shop at her local farmer’s market as much as possible to lessen the amount her food has traveled, to make a small impact on fossil fuel.

It’s the little things.

Recycle, use less water, be aware of where your food comes from, eat local, ride your bike or walk to places instead of driving as much as possible. It all adds up to saving our planet. Nobody can change the fact that global warming is inevitable, however, we can do everything in our power to slow down the effects.

James Hansen, a former NASA scientist, recently drew major attention with findings that show global warming is coming quicker and more dangerously than anyone ever originally thought.

It is something we can no longer ignore wbecause this issue is bigger than words. Climate change is dangerous, and will deeply affect the lives of future generations.

With the drastic changes the environment is taking on, the effects of climate change will result in higher temperatures, changing landscapes, rising sea level, stronger storms, increase of drought fire and floods, economy loss and puts wildlife at risk.

According to Our Children’s Trust, a youth-driven recovery campaign for the environment, a total of 21 children across the country filed a lawsuit against the United States claiming the use of fossil fuels is a direct violation of human rights.

Fossil fuels are a direct cause of the massive climate change around the world, and the extensive use of it is one big reason why climate change is occurring so rapidly.

President Obama recently started taking steps toward reducing America’s fuel emission. The New York Times said the president’s action is “the strongest action ever taken by an American president to reducing the carbon pollution the United States generates.”

Yet there are still skeptics in our world who believe climate change is a giant hoax.

We are currently in the midst of a presidential election. The leader of our country is obviously important for a plethora of reasons, however, candidates refusing to acknowledge climate change as a huge issue are ones who would do absolutely nothing about it when they rise in candidacy.

When talking about climate change, Republican candidate Donald Trump said, “I think it’s very low on the list. So I am not a believer, and I will, unless somebody can prove something to me, I believe there’s weather. I believe there’s change, and I believe it goes up and it goes down, and it goes up again. And it changes depending on years and centuries, but I am not a believer.”

Remember during the election that your vote matters. Think about what our country needs, as well as what is vital for the well-being of the earth and who would be the best figure to step up and help. It’s the big things that will make a change, but it’s also the little things. Take action for yourself.