July 26, 2017

Bearcats Blown Away by Chalk Fest -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The New Tardy Policy Pilot Is Over -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SMHS Chalk Fest is an Instant Successes -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chalk Fest is Shaping Up Well This Year -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Boys Volleyball Season Comes to a Close -

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bearcat Chefs Compete in Nacho Contest -

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bearcat Invitational Track Meet a Huge Success -

Monday, May 8, 2017

Concert Band Prepares for Spring Concert -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Students: “Beware the Banality of a Busy Life” -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Roger Federer Proves he is the GOAT -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Coach John Tells Us About Boys Tennis -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Olaiha Fonua and His Friend Perform at Green Week -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Eureka, We Built It! -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

International Week Celebrates Diversity -

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

International Week Shines -

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Patent Battle Closed for CRISPR -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Trump’s New Executive Order Is Not Effective -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Uber Drives Itself Into a Corner -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A New Tale That’s As Old As Time -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

“Life” Falls Flat -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

It’s Not About Saving the Planet

It is no surprise that President Trump is not a fan of spending money to protect our environment. So, it comes as no surprise that he is reportedly considering reducing the budget and cutting programs from the Environmental Protection Agency (according to The Hill). In light of this expected but extremely unfortunate information, I’ve been thinking a little about the stances of American voters and politicians on climate change. Although there is undeniable scientific evidence proving that global warming is occurring and that humans are causing it, somehow, in 2014, 23 percent of Americans said they don’t believe in global warming and 53 percent said they don’t believe global warming is human-caused, according to The Huffington Post.

I’m not sure if this is true because deniers believe that environmentalists are trying to dupe them and steal their money or if they don’t trust science, but it is incredible to me that such a significant portion of Americans deny that global warming is occurring when slowing it could only be beneficial to them.

I think that these people see environmentalists as crazy hippies who go around hugging trees and smoking weed all day, yelling about “saving the planet.” This mindset might be an important reason why so many people don’t believe in climate change. And, because of this, I think it’s important that both deniers and believers understand that slowing climate change actually really has nothing to do with saving the planet.

Many people are under the mistaken idea that, because of human-caused global warming, the planet is at stake. The planet is not at stake. Throughout its history, Earth has gone through numerous immense climate changes, some of which resulted in mass extinctions. However, no matter what organisms survived these climate changes, Earth always did. And Earth will survive this climate change. The more important question is, will we?

its about us

12,000 years ago a very important development in the evolution of the human race occurred: we stopped foraging and started farming. But why did it take so long for humans to start farming? Well, although throughout history Earth’s climate fluctuated dramatically, in the last 10,000 years Earth’s climate has settled into a period of unusual stability. “It was on this ledge that human society developed. Where reliable seasons fed more and more people. Where knowledge accumulated and science began,” reported Vox in their video What people get wrong about climate change. Human civilization evolved and inventors began to make machines that would propel it even further. These machines needed fuel, which they found in ancient forests; burning coal to fuel these machines unleashed tons and tons of carbon that had been locked away long before our species appeared. “And that’s how we began to disrupt the climate that birthed us, the climate that our food systems and infrastructure are built upon,” reported Vox.

After 10,000 years of temperatures that varied only within one degree Celsius, according to Vox, scientists now believe that we’re on track for three degrees of warming by the end of the century if we don’t change course. “Humans have been around for .004 percent of earth’s history. And of all of human history, the 200,000 years since our species began, we’ve had agriculture for just 5 percent of that time and we’ve had electricity for .07 percent of that time,” reported Vox.

“The simple truth about climate change is that it isn’t new to the planet, but civilization is,” reported Vox. “So slowing down climate change isn’t about saving the planet, it’s about us. It’s about our vulnerability to a level of climate disruption that human civilization has simply never seen before.”

 

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