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The Global Warming Crisis

Global temperature: 1.8° (F) higher since 1880. Sea level: 3.2 millimeter higher per year. Arctic ice minimum: 12.8% lower per decade. Carbon dioxide level: 409 parts per million — ascending. These are only four of many climate change reports established by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Climate change is occurring at a rapid pace. The next climate change report is worse than the last ones have been,. Science has continuously determined that climate change is real, that it is in effect and that the more time we waste focusing on different matters, the more apparent climate change will be on a global scale.

The most consequential force in preventing further climate change is that of those who lead internationally. However, some are refusing to believe it.

While there have been numerous wildfires striking California, food shortages due to extreme weather, like torrential rain storms or droughts, and pollution in the oceans and seas, there are more weather extremes in the future.

On October 8th, the New York Times released an article stating the new and impending damage that climate change will inflict. “The United Nations warned of mass wildfires, food shortages and dying coral reefs as soon as 2040,” wrote Mark Lander and Coral Davenport, authors of “Dire Climate Warning Lands With a Thud on Trump’s Desk.”

That brings this to the point that Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, has been blatantly ignoring the effects and long-lasting damage that climate change has so far insinuated, in addition to refusing the listen to experts and data. At the end of the day, climate change is not something you can “choose to believe in”; it is just a fact. In response to the new climate warning, the Editorial Board of the New York Times published an article entitled “Wake Up, World Leaders. The Alarm is Deafening,” and spoke of Trump’s reactions to all of the climate warnings so far.

“Unfortunately, no alarm seems loud enough to penetrate the walls of the White House or the cranium of its principal occupant. President Trump had nothing substantive to say about the report, preferring, his staff said, to focus on celebrating the elevation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.” In addition to this, Trump has been incessantly posting, on Twitter, about Hurricane Michael, a category four hurricane. Though it is important that he raises awareness to assist those who have been victims to the natural disaster, he has not once pointed out the fact that much of the hurricane’s existence can be held accountable to global warming and actions that are not being taken.

Jair Bolsonaro, the to-be president of Brazil, shares similar views with Trump, and both world leaders have continuously threatened to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement.

World leaders who are not willing to accept the fact that global warming is a reality put our world in doom.

Ella Marriott is currently a junior at The Packer Collegiate Institute and is the Social Media and Communications Editor for the Packer Prism this year. Ella has been on the Prism for one year and worked as a reporter her sophomore year. Outside of the Prism, Ella plays varsity soccer and basketball, is currently creating a Packer club, and is a member of Inquiry Club and Writer’s Club. Outside of Packer, Ella works at a non-profit organization called READ 718 on the weekends. A fun fact about Ella is that she has two twin sisters. Ella can be reached at elmarriott@packer.edu

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