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Climate Change: More Than Just a Myth

Many say that climate change is just a myth. Too impossible to happen. In fact, a study by Strokes et. al (2015) showed that Asia and the Pacific have a tendency to be less concerned about climate change, except small island states, with developing countries in Asia being less concerned than developed countries. This is a concerning fact, given that climate change is a serious issue.

There’s so much evidence that proves the truth of climate change and global warming. One evidence is increase in global temperature. According to the NOAA 2019 Global Climate Summary, the combined land and ocean temperature has increased at an average rate of 0.07°C (0.13°F) per decade since 1880; however, the average rate of increase since 1981 (0.18°C / 0.32°F) is more than twice as great. Another evidence to put into mind is that polar caps are melting. Conferring to NASA statistics, the polar ice caps are melting at an alarming rate of 9% per decade. The thickness of the Arctic Ice has decreased by 40% since the 1960s. NASA also presented evidence that the Arctic sea ice reaches its minimum each September. The melting of polar caps and sea ice gives a great deal of consequence to global sea levels. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that global sea level has been rising over the past century, and the rate has increased in recent decades. Sea level continues to rise at a rate of about one-eighth of an inch per year. Finally, UCAR climate models predict that Earth’s global average temperate will rise in the future. If we continue to emit as many, or more, greenhouse gases, this will cause more warming during the 21st Century than we saw in the 20th Century. This is what the non-believers don’t see. Change is gradually happening right under their noses. The fact that there are still non-believers in this phenomenon is alarming. Even world leaders choose to ignore this issue, which makes the whole issue scarier than ever.

The Earth is already damaged beyond repair. What will our Earth become if we don’t take action now? Greta Thunberg, a Swedish teenager, skipped school to create a movement and fight against climate change. She has also appeared on national television, gave speeches at the United Nations, and is now a United Nations ambassador. We need more people like her. We need people to see that climate change is not just a myth; rather, it could be the end of humankind. We need them to believe in climate change if we want to save our Earth.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2022 Heleina Taeza

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