Staff Editorial: You can’t climate change

On the polar ice caps, sweet penguins try to survive in their arctic homes. But their homes are being ripped apart because of the melting glaciers. Now, we have a large group of adorable displaced penguins surrounded by human trash and pollution.

While everyone seems keen to support the penguins as well as all other animals, climate change is not only affecting them, but us humans as well. Climate change is not a hoax; it is threatening our lives. The argument against climate change becomes slightly less valid when four massive hurricanes hit within a week of each other.

In the most recent Network survey, 92 percent of the 212 students who answered said they believed in climate change.  But, 8 percent of the Marian student body still believes that climate change does not exist. The reasonings ranged from not being educated enough on the topic, to just thinking that the earth is just in a natural phase of heating right now. Hopefully, this will help to convince that 8 percent otherwise.

Our Earth is a remarkable place, the only planet capable of maintaining life in our solar system. Yet humans are laying waste to nature and all of the good that comes from it. The amount of pollution and damage that humans have been able to do in our short time on Earth far outweighs any other species.

Kudos to us on that note; this is exactly why we cannot have nice things. The environment is built to sustain and keep life, and now the very covering of the Earth, our ozone layers, is slowing degrading because of the amount of pollution that humans are creating. The industrialization of the world brought about many wonderful discoveries, but also a terrible consequence.

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The Network Staff 2017-18 agreed with this staff editorial  100%.

The logic behind not acknowledging climate change is that, regardless of the scientific proof provided, their position remains unchanged. Skeptics have a distrust of the scientific community and do not believe that the warming of our planet is due to pollution or human influence.

There are people in government power who share these same views, and large oil companies vehemently deny the existence of climate change, insisting the scientific community is lying.

The reality of this issue is that climate change is not a political issue that only applies to one country. The environmental consequences are occurring across the entire world, making this an international concern.

The safety and prosperity of the human race is being threatened because of the pollution to our planet. Humans are the largest cause of this pollution, but there are simple things that we can do to try to minimize the damage we have caused.

Making an effort to decrease pollution does not mean that we need to be creating elaborate plans to stop pollution completely. By simply recycling instead of throwing things in the trash, we can help to reverse damage done by pollution. Bringing your own bags to the grocery store can make a big difference in the long run. Carpooling to anything and everything can make a massive impact.

So much pollution comes from our cars, and reducing the amount of exhaust we create is vital. If you see trash on the sidewalk, pick it up. You never know what kind of serious damage that trash could end up doing.

As a generation, it is our responsibility to protect what we have left of our planet.

We are living in a time where money trumps environmental safety.

Humans have created an immense amount of pollution, and we need to make a serious effort to minimize that. This is the only planet we get.

Climate change is a threat to our world, and we should care enough to take action against it.

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The new NASA global data set combines historical measurements with data from climate simulations using the best available computer models to provide forecasts of how global temperature (shown here) and precipitation might change up to 2100 under different greenhouse gas emissions scenarios.
Credits: NASA.gov

This staff Editorial was written by Delaney Stekr after a full class discussion on the issue.

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