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My Take: Using Our Resources to Survive

Not more than 15 years ago, it was thought by many that drastic changes to our climate was inevitable. Even without the data of earth scientists, it was as if you could feel variance in the climate.  Today, I think that climate change is in fact inevitable but not in the way you may think.  Earth’s population is ever growing and while the carbon dioxide we exhale may be insignificant, I often wonder whether exponential growth of population may have an effect. As it stands, more people need more resources. I would like to highlight one in particular, energy.

In the past, the world’s energy infrastructure was composed of fossil fuels, nuclear energy, wind turbines, and batteries. Lately we have began to accept solar power as an alternative. However, now we have old ideas such as, hydrogen fuel-cells, reusable rockets, and the lithium-ion batteries, which have come to the forefront. With new technology being able to change and experiment with the composition of batteries, we have hope for the future. Mitigation is necessary through innovation. Thus, we now can slow global warming.

Now, even if we manage to cool down the planet and decrease pollution, that is but a drop in the ocean. Technology has enabled us to go places on this earth previously thought to be impossible; and advanced societies need resources. Mankind has greatly decreased planetary vegetation, natural resources, and disturbed ecosystems. Therefore, “Assisted Migration” was conceived in order to preserve plant and animal life. My thoughts are hardly scientific as they lack personal research and supported data. They may be borrowed from the minds of individuals more prominent or influential than I. However, the noticeable shifts to our climate is not a figment of the imagination. My consensus is that we must change the way we use our resources in order to survive.

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