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Students Globally Shed Light on Global Warming by City Tech Blogger Frankie Serra

Our generation and especially the next generation after us will feel the increasing effects of climate change as time unfolds before our lives. If we don’t do something about the obvious trends that are being measured by multiple organizations, it may continue to snowball into the heat. We may as well be responsible for the heat waves that may occur more often in the next century. It also doesn’t help the fact that we mostly prefer to live near coastal areas  as it tends to be cooler for living from the evaporation of the water of the ocean; living near or on the coast provides another form of transportation for commerce. These low level lands are susceptible to water level changes such as flooding or permanent decrease in land area to live on as the water encroaches. Due to the unstable living style in such places, some may have moved away to places that are preferably stable as a place to live. This migration sometimes label those who partake the  climate refugee movement. Their original homes have been ruined and they are forced to find another. With this knowledge of trends from past measurements and effects that in which it applies, activists have formed protests to help nudge the government in taking the right action for decisions that may contribute to lessen the impact of climate change. Though it may be hard to stop the increase of greenhouse gases and a bigger carbon footprint, we know this is a global scale issue rather than just the Swedish Parliament and it would require all countries and their governments to cooperate. So students around the world coordinated a day through social media where they protested in various locations and were seen by the public to enlighten them about what we have been doing to our world and to begin thinking about our actions. Again, the change of course will not be immediate, but the point is to begin gaining momentum or build on what has already started. “I’m worried because if we keep on doing what we’re doing, we won’t have anywhere to go and we might run out of food and things we need”, an eight year old said to Al Jazeera, and it’s true because the increase of average heat on Earth would mean that things we rely on like plants will wither and animals would die of eventual heat stroke. Countries that don’t even contribute to lessening the effects of global warming are also being affected, like second-hand smoking where the person will receive similar effects of smoking just by being around an active smoker but instead of being near, just being on Earth is enough. Even if we think that we can survive, eventually  all resources will run out and  we would have no more resources to use to help mitigate the unnatural warming of the earth; therefore we would have nowhere to go. The following generations would have an ever shrinking living environment.  The only solution is figuring out how to move on over to non-CO2 production of energy. “There is no planet B” chanted from students in the South Africa’s capital, is another way of saying we can’t travel to another “Earth.” With the current level of technology or even next century’s,  there is no other method of reducing the production of greenhouse gas. Our children and their future children will continue to carry the burden from us and continue the responsibility to change the methods that would mitigate the heating up of the earth’s surface. It is only a matter of time until we reach the point where actions taken will have little effect compared to today.







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  1. I read this article and have only begun wondering about what damages this could have on our skin. Temperatures are rising, and we’re the only ones who can save the earth. Shedding a light isn’t going to do any of it, we as students need to act upon these ideas and encourage others to also take part in what we do.

    What’s important is what you said “Our children and their future children will continue to carry the burden from us and continue the responsibility to change the methods that would mitigate the heating up of the earth’s surface.” The Earth needs to be saved

    1. Emad. Your comment is quite short, especially since 2 out of the 5 sentences is a direct quote. Do you think you could write a few lines more with some facts backing up what you think?

  2. I believe that there is an action to be taken upon the unrighteous companies who do not care for the well-being of our entire species and we must do something,

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