Our 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.
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