Climate Change: Maybe We Waited a Little Too Late

For decades, renowned scientists have warned the general public about climate change. In those years, scientists exposed us to the harsh realities that could occur if planet-killing practices were to be continued. While some chose to take heed of this information to generate new sustainable practices, others mocked and refuted the possibility. As this ongoing debate continues in the present day, our climate continues to transform tremendously — and not for the better. Perils which previously seemed to belong to an extremely remote future are now playing out right in front of our eyes. Ravaging wildfires and record heatwaves may only be the beginning of what is in store after many years of irreversible damage. After escaping these responsibilities for so long, these outcomes may be here to stay. This long game of ding-dong-ditch has eventually come knocking on our very own doors and with exceptionally brutal force.

            In some capacity, we all have been exposed to knowledge about climate change. Whether you are well-rounded on the topic of climate change or know very little, there is one mutual point of knowledge: global warming is far from trivial. Now, more than ever, we have seen the adverse events of this problem. Our change in climate has progressed far worse than a cold chill in the middle of August. We have reached the point of not only a global pandemic but also recurring natural disasters and – lest we forget – the ice caps melting in Antarctica.

            In more recent events, wildfires have spread across the nation’s west coast. Far from the average campfire, these fires have amassed a large amount of destruction in the past week. Due to the multiple wildfire outbreaks, red-orange tints fill California and Oregon’s skies. Furthermore, the debris from these fires spread throughout the air, making it incredibly dangerous to inhale. And these fires are unfortunately only half of a whole. Hurricanes and typhoons have also been impacting major cities around the world, leaving the lands they cross devastated. These tell-tale occurrences are far from normal in intensity. However, they might soon be.

            Now, you may be left wondering what this all has to do with climate change and its long term effects. Research has proven that, as climate change worsens, the change in weather will ultimately become far more intense and disastrous. A 2018 article in Scientific American stated: “Improvements in attribution science are affirming the foreseeability of certain climatic events and patterns in specific locations, and in identifying increasing risks of consequential impacts on property, physical assets, and people.” In other words, advancements in science have only proven that climate change will bring on destructive natural disasters more frequently, along with a complete shift in our expected quality of life. This state of vulnerable weather is set to cost the world over $100 billion, as projected by CNN Business.

            If this incremental change in climate has taught us anything, it is that damage control is going to take a bit more than plastic straw replacements. If the world as a whole wants to make a dent in all of the destruction it will take years of effort with the cooperation of multiple nations. Otherwise, this ongoing force of climate change may leave us all at a loss.

Works Cited

Harvey, Chelsea. “Scientists Can Now Blame Individual Natural Disasters on Climate Change.” Scientific American, Scientific American, 2 Jan. 2018, www.scientificamerican.com/article/scientists-can-now-blame-individual-natural-disasters-on-climate-change/.

Ziady, Hanna. “Fires, Storms and Floods Cost $150 Billion in 2019. More Disasters Are on the Way.” CNN, Cable News Network, 8 Jan. 2020, www.cnn.com/2020/01/08/business/munich-re-climate-change-natural-disasters/index.html.