Global Warming, What’s Going On?


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Is global warming a problem and will it affect our future?

Amira Gilbert, Journalist

Many people from all over, and for many years have been asking, “Is global warming is an actual problem? Is it one of those things that people over exaggerate?” These and many other questions and doubts have been shown about this subject and they are very good questions. But how do we see whether they are true or false?

For many years people have been looking at global warming and trying to see if it is something that can be fixed. First, let’s take a look at the first question. Is global warming an actual problem? Take a look at the world around us. Is the climate changing in very huge ways? The answer to that question is a definite yes. The world is really changing but why, how, and when did it start are all very good questions to ask.

The climate is always changing. Sometimes we see dramatic changes while others can be subtle. There have been several periods in earth’s history where the temperature has jumped considerably in much the same way that it is doing now and those periods were caused by large and rapid greenhouse emissions, just like we are causing now. The downside to this is that all of these periods in Earth’s history have ended in mass extinction such as in the Permian and Triassic eras. So could earth be on its way to that same fate again?

Some of you might be asking, “What are people doing about it? Is it too late to stop?” For many years, people have been looking at global warming and trying to see if it is something that can be fixed. They have found that there is no definite answer to this since people can’t tell the future, but it is said that even if we stop emitting greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, global warming would still happen for some more hundreds of years. This is because the earth takes a while to respond and carbon dioxide stays in the air for hundreds of years, so a global path may be unchangeable.

Many of you would say, “But how can this be!? How come no one is doing anything?” I cannot answer this question, but take a look at the people who govern your countries. Tell me, are they trying to prevent this catastrophe? Are they doing everything in their ability to stop it or are they just letting it slip as a misunderstanding and something that really is impossible.

Some of you may have heard of a young girl named Greta Thunberg. She is one of the few people making a statement about trying to save the world and stop global warming, if possible at all. She has tried to make the world leaders see that global warming really is a true problem and that if we don’t want to be wiped out as the dinosaurs were we should start trying to stop it or say our goodbyes.

In one of her speeches she says, “I don’t want your hope, I don’t want you to be hopeful, I want you to panic, and act as if the house was on fire.” Basically, she wants us to act fast and swiftly like we would if we were in the middle of a house fire and don’t want the house to burn down.

We have a world and we need to take care of it, we need to act quickly so that we will be able to save this world of ours and not see it burn up with us in it.