Climate Change- A Ticking Time Bomb

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On November 7, 2018 residents lived in the calm that their city name gave them in a state of fame, love, and family-California. Fathers and mothers entered the comfort of their home after tiring hours at work, children returned home from school, and retirees assisted their farm one last time before their lives would forever be altered.   

November 8, 2018 an inferno of red and orange hyper devils erected from trees to homes and created the most destructive wildfire seen in the state of California. The San Francisco Gate reported the result-14, 000 homes that once stood, gone to ash and charred beyond recognition embedded into the soil; loved ones lost and missing and 18,804 structures burned. This broke the clanging bell of alarm that signaled the quickening pace that the loss of human life is at stake and that humanity’s deadline towards a grueling future seems like an inevitable timeline. 

 December 12, 2015 more than 175 parties unanimously agreed that climate change would be disastrous to all living creatures and that the government should secure the natural right of life for all people. The parties, which included countries of the EU, North and Central America, Australia, Brazil, the United States and China, both who officially signed on April 1, 2016, agreed to respond to the seemingly immortal villain and set a level in which the global temperature would not exceed 2°C or 3.6°F. Three years later 7 countries are living up to the commitments of the accord that helped calm the untamed beast.   

30 years ago, the New York Times published the first accounted story on climate change and the affects greenhouse gas emissions from energy production lead to detrimental environmental consequences. In the past three year’s hurricanes, wildfires, poverty, a rise in hunger levels, melting ice caps, have conquered new outlets, social, media and governments as a report published by the IPCC established that the world needs to cut global greenhouse gas emissions swiftly and by 2030 global greenhouse gas emissions need to be below 45% of that in 2010. Meaning if by 2030 greenhouse gas emissions do not meet that requirements it will be harder to regulate the future damages human activity causes our Earth. 

The earth is now one degree warmer than that of preindustrial levels, and the average increase of global temperatures annually since 1980 is .8°C or 1.4° F, according to NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS). What does this mean? Climate change is expected to force 100 million additional people into extreme poverty. The PSR reported that 821 million people were left without food last year the biggest since 2015; that’s around one in nine people according to Food Aid Foundation. Another repercussion would include droughts and sea level rises, unpredictable weather, and scorching temperatures.  

Climate change gets harder to fix the longer governments, companies, and everyday citizens wait to decrease their contributions. The United States rapidly severed ties with the Paris Climate Agreement and has gone on a spree of dismantling former policies including lowering standards for efficiency standards, cutting Obama’s Clean Air Act, and dozens other policies down the drain into the polluted water. Brazil’s newly elected president, Jair Bolsoonaro, protested former environmental policies claiming that they suffocated Brazil’s potential for a booming economy and also threatened to withdraw the global leader of renewable energy from the Paris Climate Agreement. 

In the end it is in the hands of the government, yes, but as little of a role everyday citizen may have, the people must fight for their born given right of life. In the past years there has been a brighter spotlight on the gladiatorum topic of climate change because of the lack of effort from government officials globally which is a threat to the human race. So, what does one do when faced with a problem that seems grander than themselves? It’s becoming more aware on what decisions you make has on your one and only planet because there is no Planet B. 

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