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Combating Climate Change

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful; but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

At a United Nation climate change summit, 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg voiced her opinion. She said that the status is quo is all wrong and criticized promises of economic prosperity. She stressed the impact climate change has on ecosystems and the ocean. Greta ended her speech with, “Change is coming, whether you like it or not.” Around that same time, people left their school and work to protest on September 20th, 2019. Some of the protesters called for a revolution while others marched with posters. Their message was simple: they wanted governments to acknowledge climate change.

I agree that governments should acknowledge climate change, yet I do not know what they are calling for after their acknowledgement. Once the world governments say it exists, what policies should be enacted? What change is Greta Thunberg calling for? I commemorate these protesters for standing up for their beliefs, but the climate change issue should be taken at a more logical approach. Therefore, world leaders should implement solutions based on credible data and not on organized protests.


Existence

Let me preface my solution by saying climate change is real and caused by human activity. There are large pieces of evidence that support this claim. First, there are a disproportionate amount of carbon isotope 12 and 14 particles in the atmosphere. Carbon isotope 12 is released as a byproduct of natural warming. However, carbon isotope 14 is identified as a byproduct of excessive emissions from human activity. Second, scientists learned the planet and the ocean’s temperature are rising every single day due to excess carbon. Through recording the carbon molecules trapped in ice formations, scientists were able to calculate the global temperature for the past million years. Through this research, they were able to conclude the planet is at record temperatures. In an article by Mother Jones, it stated, “The world passed that 400 ppm threshold for the first meaningful way in May 2013, when the daily mean concentration of carbon dioxide was higher than at any time in human history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).” Over 97 percent of climate scientists say that climate change is happening and is a manmade disaster. These are solid pieces of evidence supporting the existence of anthropogenic climate change.


Solutions

There are three things that are essential in the fight against climate change. First, elect a president that acknowledges climate change. Out of all the candidates running for president in the 2020 election, Donald Trump is the only one that does not believe in climate change. On multiple occasions, he has said climate change is a hoax propagated by the Chinese government. Some people speculate he truly does not believe in climate change. While others say if he acknowledges it, he will lose the support of fossil fuel companies. This is one of the major flaws of Donald Trump because he is bluntly disregarding scientific facts to further his own agenda. This behavior is counterproductive and dangerous.

The largest problem with Greta’s five-minute speech at the United Nations Climate Summit was she did not once address China and India. The two highly populated countries are the largest contributors to climate change. The United Nations must enforce stricter regulations on the two countries in order to stop their high carbon levels. In a 2017 Forbes article, China was reported to contribute over 10 billion metric tons of carbon. With the rise of automation and manufacturing, these levels have increased since then.

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The second thing we need to do is implement nuclear power plants across the world. An average nuclear power plant produces one gigawatt. Earlier this year, Senior Editor Charlie Park published an article titled, “The Energy of the Future.” In the article, he explicitly lays out an argument as to why nuclear energy will be the best way to fight climate change. He is correct in saying this because if we eliminate large proponents of fossil fuels, then we can lower the overall global temperature. The largest flaw of nuclear energy is that uranium, its primary source, is non-renewable and finite. However, according to the National Energy Agency, power plants can run for another 200 years at the current rate of consumption. The government plays a large role in this because they enact legislation that could affect billions. The United Nations and the United States’ government should subsidize renewable energy companies and look for alternative means of transportation.

Obviously, legislation involving this dramatic change would be very costly. In America, the tax rates would go up if Congress decides to pull funding from fossil fuel companies and put it towards renewable energy. Also, in attempts to change America’s top energy provider, its economy will go down. In March 2019, House democrats pushed forward a bill called the “Green New Deal.” The bill pushed the idea of prioritizing renewable energy but a heavy cost. According to Factcheck.Org, an economist at Colorado University stated the bill would cost 5% of the nation’s GDP over five years. Others said it was an 18 trillion dollar cost over a 30 year period.

Third, everyone around the world has the capacity to make an impact in the fight against climate change. For example, a few people I personally know founded a company called Toki Energy. The company was created to reduce carbon emissions by installing energy-efficient products like solar panels or cool roofs. From energy star windows to HVAC systems, Toki Energy provides a comprehensive list of energy solutions for homes across the nation. With a 100 percent satisfaction rate guarantee and over 60 years of construction experience, they have helped families make their homes energy-efficient. Governments and citizens should invest in companies like Toki Energy because they have every intention of preventing climate change.


If the people of the world have one thing in common is that they all have a planet worth defending. Climate change is a growing problem that needs to be addressed head-on. You have the capacity to right the wrongs people of the past committed. Let us look at the opportunities and capabilities of the future because if we do not, there may not be one.

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful; but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

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