Climate change is becoming a persistent problem as time goes on. While some politicians may like to tell us that climate change doesn’t exist, we can clearly see its effects in many areas and in the atmosphere. Summers are getting hotter and winters are getting colder than they should. As students of the New York City College of Technology, we can help stop and reduce the effects of climate change.
We can help reduce the effects of climate change by planting gardens and growing our food. Having our own gardens will save us money, provide us with fresh food, and the trees planted will help remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Overall we can reduce the amount of CO2 we release in the air. We can also use energy-efficient light bulbs that would last longer and use less electricity. Additionally, we can turn off lights and unplug electronics when they are not in use. During the summer we can at limit the use of air conditioners. Cooling centers are free and many are located around the city. Furthermore, instead of driving cars, we should access trains, ride bikes, or walk. Walking and riding bikes are great options of exercise.
Recycling is an effective way to prevent or reduce impacts from climate change. It is important to recycle. When shopping, it is best to use shopping bags or recyclable bags instead of plastic bags. Plastic bags are bad for the environment and end up in the ocean where birds and fish eat them and die.
If we all decided to ignore climate change and do nothing about it, temperatures as aforementioned will continue to rise in the summer and fall in the winter. The ice in the cold areas of the world will melt causing floods and some animals that live in the arctic will not be able to adapt to the warmer temperatures and become extinct. Presently, some areas around the world are already facing droughts and below- freezing temperatures. Farming, therefore, will be affected: crops will become harder to grow and this may result in a shortage of fruits and vegetables. The weather will become more unpredictable and natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes will occur more often as climates change. Sea levels will also rise and become ground level one day if climate change continues at its current rate, and the world’s water supply will become a grave concern in the future as it may run out. Climate change is a problem and if we don’t stop it, all of the above will be its impacts.
Climate change will be a problem for us in the future. It will continue to have great impacts on our environment regardless of what people think. Climate change is not something we can entirely stop as it is already in effect. As a community, we can only do our best to try to slow down the process. Planting trees, driving less, recycling, and using recyclable bags when shopping are things college students and anyone else can do to help combat it. We can stop climate change from doing considerable damage to the environment if we take the appropriate steps.