Climate change is an issue that is continuing to gain the nation’s attention, and quite frankly, mine as well. Research by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has shown that climate change is indeed occurring and humans play a substantial role in its process. The climate change is occurring because of increasing levels of pollution, and one of the main factors of pollution is greenhouse gases due to human activities.
You may be wondering what evidence supports this so called climate change. Many records all over the world have shown a warming trend. These records are deemed reliable by the (NOAA). The average global temperature increased by more than 1.4 degrees in the last century. This is a significant increase in temperature. According to the (NOAA), the decade from 2000 to 2010 was the warmest on record, and 2010 was tied with 2005 as the warmest year on record.
The Earth goes through its natural cooling cycles that are caused by volcanic activity or the sun, which has its own natural periods of cooling. However, much of this climate change, as stated earlier, is a direct result of human activity. These activities include but are not limited to factory emissions, muffler exhaust from cars, and smoke from restaurant roofs.
How can we prevent climate change? One method to decrease climate change is to drive as less often as possible. For example, riding a bike or taking the transit are both great ways to cut down on muffler emissions. In today’s society, this task may seem impossible, but it would make a world of a difference. This next method of conservation may seem extremely cliché; however, it does make a difference. Unplug all electronics and turn off lights when they are not in use. I know, I know, this method may definitely seem impossible to us teenagers, but it is our job to make this world a better place for many generations to come.