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Living Greener to Slow Climate Change Impacts by City Tech Blogger Corey Fung

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.

 

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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.

 

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