Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! Today I will be addressing an important issue, Climate Change. This blog is actually a collab with one of my best friends, Emma Lee! Make sure to check out her blog, and her post about Climate Change as well!
Well, what exactly is Climate Change? According to Dictionary.com, Climate Change is “a long-term change in the earth’s climate, especially a change due to an increase in the average atmosphere temperature.” This definition is a great summary of how Climate Change is affecting our Earth, but it is lacking one key factor which is causing our climate to change. Humans. Without realizing it, each and everyone of us is affecting the Earth everyday. Did you know that “the average person in the U.S. emits about 27 tons of CO2/year” (Penn State)?
Think about the water bottle that you purchased this morning. The plastic for the bottle was produced using fossil fuels, a non-renewable resource which emits great amounts of greenhouse gasses into the environment. But, instead of recycling the water bottle, you threw it on the side of the road where you didn’t have to worry about it anymore. Then, wind carried the water bottle to a nearby beach, where it ended up floating into the ocean.
Image from Food and Water Watch
But, that isn’t the only plastic product that is in the ocean. Around “8.8 tons of plastic winds up in the ocean every year” (Shaw). This great amount of plastic is the ocean is killing animals. Some animals get entangled in pieces of plastic, and others consume it thinking that it is food. Plastic in the ocean has affected “over 700 species of marine animals” which “have been reported to have eaten or been entangled in plastic” (Shaw).
Image from Ecomerge
After learning about Climate Change, I’m sure that you guys want to learn how to make a change. Stay tuned for my next blog post where I will be posting multiple ways YOU can help change the environment! Bye!