Is it Too Late to Turn Around Global Climate Change?(by Tim Sadle)

Tim1Our lives are flooded with stories about climate change, from news articles, people’s opinions, politics, and talk shows. With climate change in the spotlight, it can feel pretty overwhelming to attempt tackling such a large, controversial, global issue. Who is responsible for Global Climate Change? It’s pretty easy to point fingers but we need to take responsibility and begin acting on our own to help make a difference.

“Well, look, there are all sorts of impacts which are upon us now. This isn’t just something that’s going to happen in the distant future. It’s going to get worse and worse in the future, but it’s happening now.” – Todd Stern – All Things Considered guest

This term I decided to attempt to tackle this overwhelming process of halting Global Climate Change. I began a small blog to try to inform friends and family of actions they can take on a day-to-day basis to help make a difference within our communities. Writing this blog forced me to really think about what I can do to make a difference within my household. I ended up building my own compost bin in my backyard, eating vegan, installing low-flow water heads on all of our faucets, visiting harvest share at PSU each month, and shopping locally buying from farmers markets and purchasing produce that’s in season and grown locally from grocery stores. This may not seem like a large impact, but if we all act within a community, that community can make a difference. A community could turn into a state, could turn into a country, and could eventually change the world. Climate change doesn’t solely affect our governments; it affects all of us, yet we look to our government to make the change.

“Ultimately, global warming will impact life on Earth in many ways, but the extent of the change is largely up to us. Scientists have shown that human emissions of greenhouse gases are pushing global temperatures up, and many aspects of climate are responding to the warming in the way that scientists predicted they would. This offers hope. Since people are causing global warming, people can mitigate global warming, if they act in time.” – NASA

 

Time and time again I’ve heard we’re screwed globally, regarding climate change from actual scientists and leaders we all look up to. Nothing is more discouraging to hear than, there’s nothing we can do as individuals to turn this around. I respectfully disagree. Look at California, one of the most densely populated and polluted states in the US, has finally decided to make a difference. The people of California understand our future roles on this planet, and are now the leading state in the US in the Green movement. The Federal government looks to them to see how moving toward renewable energy affects the economy, the people, and the overall health of the state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

“Global Warming : Feature Articles.” Global Warming : Feature Articles. Holli Riebeek, 3 June 2010. Web. 20 Nov. 2015. <http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/GlobalWarming/&gt;.

 

Shapiro, Ari. “Paris Climate Conference Represents ‘Best Chance’ For World To Act.” NPR. NPR, 17 Nov. 2015. Web. 20 Nov. 2015. <http://www.npr.org/2015/11/17/456395402/paris-climate-conference-represents-best-chance-for-world-to-act&gt;.

 

“Most Polluted Cities.” State of The Air. American Lung Association, n.d. Web. <http://www.stateoftheair.org/2015/city-rankings/most-polluted-cities.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/?referrer=http://www.stateoftheair.org/2015/city-rankings/most-polluted-cities.html&gt;.

 

“Van Jones: Environmental Justice for All.” YouTube. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2015. <http://youtu.be/a6SRMzKoOew&gt;.

 

 

Other links:

Food Waste:

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/04/22/americas-165-billion-food-waste-problem.html

Compost Bin:

http://eartheasy.com/grow_compost_bin_build.htm

http://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Compost-Bin

https://www.pdx.edu/insidepsu/event/harvest-share-free-fresh-fruits-vegetables?delta=0

 

 

 

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2 comments

  1. DMiller

    This is a very well written blog, you can tell you are an experienced blogger. I also have been trying to do those little changes over the last few years. It is really about being mindful and creating new habits. California is a great example as a state, but I feel a lot of people that live there are still in denial. I moved from the bay area 19 years ago and when I have been back recently to visit, my friend told me that people will water their grass in the middle of the night so they don’t get turned in(neighborhoods have set days to water their grass). She said that people don’t care about staying within their allotted monthly water usage amount. They would rather pay the fine. It is pretty scary thinking how this global scare is in their face and how some of them just think of it as a disruption to their life.

    You did a great job of incorporating your sources without making it sound like an essay. I struggled with this in my blog. Your blog also flowed well. Your paragraphs were focused, and it was personal and informative at the same time. I feel you should of included a hyperlink to your blog. I am curious of the response you have received from your friends and family about your blog.

    Thank you for sharing your experience, and the links to get more information.

  2. Justin O

    This blog post was well written and I am always partial to quotes taken from experts so I found them to be very influential. The example of California was great to show that a change could be made when people decide they want to change. This is an important subject that we hear about a lot but many people don’t believe they can make a difference. Informative but also read quite smoothly. It didn’t feel like I was reading a dry dissertation.
    If you were to make another post I would like to see you argue from the other side. What reasons do people give when they don’t believe the information presented? Can you disprove some of those arguments? What about showing the effect that 1 person can have on the problem? As we learned earlier some people ignore what they are told unless it complies with their beliefs. So giving information may not be enough to convince some people. You might want to disprove or at least challenge their beliefs to get their attention. Great job.

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