Slowing Down Climate Change

Most people in the world knows it. Our earth is starting to die, we have been polluting the air with way too much Co2 (carbon dioxide) and now we are starting to see the giant effects. The arctic ice caps are melting, the sea levels are rising, and more natural disasters are happening.

Our effects on carbon emissions are killing the planet and the living creatures on it. There is no valid excuse to explain why our carbon footprint is so big. The World Health Organization concluded that, Outdoor air pollution has grown 8% globally in the past five years.

Climate change is now a “national epidemic” and is “the biggest killer,” according to the New York Times, who last year found, toxic air kills seven million people every year. That is more than HIV/AIDS and Malaria combined and is now the biggest single killer in the world.

Now, our effects of climate change have even reached the the ocean. Places like coral reefs, which provide habitat for lots of fish and other ocean creatures, have started to see the effects.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that by 2050, live corals could become rare due to the combined effects of warmer water and increased ocean acidity caused by carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The EPA also found, Warmer water has already caused coral bleaching in many parts of the world.

So what can we do? We can start off by consuming less. We can do things like bringing in bags when you go grocery shopping, buying a electric car or a car that will last very long, go solar, and using less energy. When we all only use what we need electric companies don’t need burn as much fossil fuels that have high amounts of Co2.

This epidemic is clearly our fault. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of 1,300 scientific experts from countries all over the world controlled by United Nations, concluded there’s a more than 95 percent probability that human activities over the past 50 years have warmed our planet.

We can’t stop Climate Change. It’s been going on for too long and is impossible to stop. The best thing that we can do is slow it down. If we don’t, bad things could happen. The EPA says, “If the Earth keeps getting warmer, up to one–fourth of all the plants and animals on Earth could become extinct within 100 years.” Future generations will never see animals and plants that we normally think of. Animals like the polar bear, sea birds, the seal, and penguins.

It wouldn’t be hard to fix this. Otherwise future generations may not even know what a polar bear was.

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