Climate change: what can we do?

Avery Trapp and Mika Nalbandian

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Did you know that by 2040 the Arctic region may have its first ice-free summer? The 6,000 species who live in this region will be left to either adapt or perish! In addition, there are more greenhouse gases in our atmosphere today than any time in human history! This is all because of a problem we started called Climate Change.

Climate change is one of the biggest, if not the biggest issue in this century. It has already damaged two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef and caused more than a million species to face potential extinction due to disappearing habitats! This is insane and it has to stop.

Now hopefully you’re wondering what you can do to help stop these terrifying events. Here are three easy steps you can take to help stop Climate Change from getting worse:

 

  • Walk, bike or take public transportation.

 

You may think this is a big difference in your life because it could take more time rather than driving, but in the long term it will probably only take you a little longer than usual and you will get some fresh air and exercise after a long day of school.

 

  • Unplug any chargers/electronics you leave at home.

 

You may not have known this, but even if your phone or computer isn’t plugged in, your chargers are still consuming and wasting energy. This is called a Phantom Load. This will take you maybe 5 extra seconds before you leave your house each morning but it helps with this issue and also saves your family money on their energy bill!

  1. Make your guardian turn off their vehicle whenever they are stopped.

I think everyone knows this thing called idling. Just incase you don’t, it’s when a person has stopped driving and is stationary in one spot for at least a minute. This is maybe the easiest suggestion because it doesn’t take much to say, “Hey mom/dad/guardian, can you please turn off the car while we are waiting here for (insert name)?” And since you are a smart teenager with some grit, they will definitely say, “Sure!”

Overall, we know it’s easy to think, “Someone else will do it.” These are only a couple of the many small, reasonable changes you can make in your own lives to help save our planet, so it is up to you. On behalf of the Earth and everyone living on it, make a change.