Climate change has become an imminent threat to the global climate. It is has become impossible to stop climate change, however it is possible to reduce the effect. I feel that climate change has increased because of the excessive amount of carbon emissions in the last decade. For example, in 2020 there was Australia’s and California’s catastrophic bushfires, in 2021 the Texas winter storm and the destructive flood in Pakistan. Sea level is rising 3.3 mm per year according to NASA Global Climate Change, and since 1990 to 2022 we lost around 450 million hectares (4,500,000 Square Kilometers) of forest, (Deforestation Has Slowed down but Still Remains a Concern, New UN Report Reveals).
I believe that we have lost numerous opportunities to slow down the effect of climate change but we have taken some great initiatives and the younger generation is stepping up to protect their future from negative impacts of climate change. For example, Greta Thunberg, at the age of 15 started to take initiatives for climate protection and currently she is one of the recognized activists who is working with organizations like the United Nations to help build awareness to bring about policy changes to protect our planet.
I applaud the Biden administration for returning to the Paris agreement and his goal for the U.S to become a 100% clean energy economy, net zero emission by 2050 (“Plan for Climate Change and Environmental Justice | Joe Biden”). But for this initiative to work effectively, it requires support from all over the United States, no matter what political value people believe in. I believe that the biggest challenge in achieving President Biden’s target is politics and a big lobbying group. I would like to emphasize that citizens should start supporting the “green new deal” if they want to transform their country for a better future.
- NASA Global Climate Change. “Sea Level | NASA Global Climate Change.” Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet, 2 Feb. 2021, climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/sea-level/. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.
- “Plan for Climate Change and Environmental Justice | Joe Biden.” Joe Biden for President: Official Campaign Website, 29 Oct. 2020, joebiden.com/climate-plan/. Accessed 23 Feb. 2021.
- “How Bad Is Climate Change Now?” The New York Times, 2021, www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/04/19/climate/climate-crash-course-1.html. Accessed 23 Feb. 2021.
- “Deforestation Has Slowed down but Still Remains a Concern, New UN Report Reveals.” UN News, 21 July 2020, news.un.org/en/story/2020/07/1068761#:~:text=The%20global%20total%20forest%20ar ea,in%20Africa%20and%20South%20America.. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.