August 28, 2020 by Diana Hernandez De Leon
How do you envision earth 50 years from now? Do you see plush, tannin-brown forests stretching across the tropics? Do you imagine suitable weather for every season? Spring, summer, fall, and winter, with the forecast complying? Do you visualize clean, fresh-water rippling through lakes and wildlife species thriving? Well if we continue our ways, the foreseeable future is going to be the complete opposite of what we would wish for. Noticeable effects are already taking devastating tolls on environments, resources, and most importantly, temperature. And it’s all due to one man-fueled, fast-charging beast; climate change.
Scientists all over the world have been warning us, pleading for us to listen to the alarming predictions and the undeniable signs. But humans have looked away, ignored the advisories, and unless fast action is taken, will pay the consequences. We can point fingers at unreasonable causes, like the sun, but there is no other fault but our own. Our continuous human activities like fossil fuel burning, greenhouse levels, and industrialization have fed climate change, handing it the power we will be a witness of. As capitalists and politicians idly stand by, for they rest easy as their companies are benefiting, the environment is facing the tribulations. There is evidence for melting ice caps, and rising sea levels so it’s not negligible. I have been educated on this subject and others need to be informed as well, for they will only feed onto the causes. I haven’t lived a very long time to which I can say I have seen the production of climate change, but I will live a life where I will see the aftermath.
A concerning climate report was released in last October only affirming the past facts and predictions.“A group of scientists convened by the United Nations to guide world leaders describes a world of worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040,” New York Times. That is twenty years from now, we will live through the catastrophic repercussions. We need to fight for a world that we wish to live in, not silently wish and pray the problem will go away. It is dire for us to take affirmative action not only for ourselves but for our future children. The coral reef and ocean ecosystem depend on us, millions relying on fresh water streams depend on us, the animal life endangered by the warming depends on us. As a young generation with great amounts of potential, we can contribute to the change. We cannot be discouraged by the aforesaid costs or the industrialists who try to dispirit us only for companies' benefit. There are multiple things everyone can do to resolve a problem of this scale and severity. Invest in renewables, commute, save energy and be conscious about energy conservation, sign up for campaigns online or in person to be vocal about your fight, and more options are available. As cliche as it is, your contribution matters, if enough people realize these actions, we can move towards bigger impacts like carbon emission reduction. Gradually, but surely, we can bring a halt to the impacts of what is becoming inevitable.