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What can you as students do to help slow, stop or solve climate change?

First let me start by saying what climate change is, because you cannot just stop it by just saying “stop” and there will not be any climate change. I learned from my physics 10002ID class that climate change is a long-term change in the average weather patterns that have come to define Earth’s local, regional, and global climates. Changes observed in Earth’s climate since the early 20th century are primarily driven by human activities, particularly fossil fuel burning which increases heat-trapping greenhouse gas levels in Earth’s atmosphere which raises Earth’s average surface temperature. These human-produced temperature increases are commonly referred to as global warming. Natural processes can also contribute to climate change for example like La Niña or external forces such as volcanic activity.

So, in short, it is not just easy but we as students can take steps to slow down climate change by taking some responsibilities such as turning off the lights when not in use, taking short showers, walk or bike when going somewhere nearby instead of your parents driving you — and do let your parents know not to leave the car running for no reason while picking you up. Turn of PC when not in use because it still uses electricity from the outlet even when it’s shut down or at sleep because some pc’s have LED’s that are on even when shutdown or not in use. Run appliances on energy saving mode so it reduces energy consumption. Most significant is to recycle and oh boy this is important — if we recycle this saves so much energy in manufacturing and factories scaling down production of new stuff which would ordinarily create CO2 emissions in the air which pollutes our earth. Recycling reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators. So, we as students should really start practicing recycling more and convey this message to adults as well. Students can help their families and convince them to grow their own vegetables and fruits. Students can help the earth by planting a tree. The new plants and trees will help remove greenhouse gases from the air and If you grow some of your own food, you will also help prevent more CO2 from entering the air from the fossil-fuel-burning trucks, planes, and ships that transport your food to you from far away.

We as Students could also start campaigns and take part in clubs to raise the awareness of what is going on in the world and how climate change is affecting our earth. Student should try to slow down global warming by doing the above-mentioned activities. Students should know what is going on with our earth. If the youth are not educated, they will not take responsibilities in the future and the consequences will be very bad. When students plan to buy their first car they should consider electric cars to drastically reduce the carbon emissions in the air. Students should also swap their old incandescent light bulbs in their home for the new compact fluorescent lights. They use only 25% as much electricity to give the same light and they last ten times longer. When we wait in line for the coffee at a drive thru we should park our car and walk inside and get coffee rather than sitting in a line of cars with the engine running and polluting. I saw where nowadays groceries are telling you to bring your own bag and they even are selling reusable bags instead of using the plastic bags which end up in the oceans causing problems with the fish where they cannot breathe and die.

            As previously stated, it is just not simple to just stop global warming because this started from industrialization and we are still facing consequences.  But we should act now and start making our earth a better place to live for our future generations to come. Our today’s actions will definitely impact the future. It is not only up to us students however, it takes every individual effort to bring a change in this world.

image:

https://phys.org/news/2018-07-recycling-real-competitive-economic-advantages.html

References:

https://climatekids.nasa.gov/how-to-help/

 Image:

https://visual.ly/community/Infographics/environment/benefits-recycling
https://www.nrdc.org/stories/global-climate-change-what-you-need-know

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