Our Legacy: Climate Change

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Our Legacy
Climate change is an issue that will not only affect every living creature today, but it will affect all of the future humans and creatures that will exist as well. Leaving the environment as an uninhabitable wasteland is one of the many possible outcomes of the increased global temperature. There are many reasons behind climate change, some are natural and some are due to human activities, but stopping these potentially harmful effects is crucial to the survival of the human race. Climate change does not specifically affect one nation, area, or race. It affects everyone and everything. Climate change is a major issue in today’s society and will affect every future generation. Whether one believes in climate change or not, it’s
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Ever since I was a child, visiting my grandparent’s house was one of my favorite things to do. My grandparents would always smile at me and love me unconditionally. They’d always let me wander around their house. Ever since I was four years old, I would wander around their backyard and travel around the vast amounts of flowers they had. I always wondered why there was so many flowers and stared in awe at the thousands of carnations and trees all lined up next to each other. My grandfather was a botanist, but he grew plants because he wanted to and not because it was part of the job. He gave me a few carnations to water and take care of, but they always died due to my lack of a green thumb. My grandpa was a heavy smoker and eventually, he suffered from terminal stage lung cancer. He was suffering from unbearable pain and every breath was a struggle for him, but he always had a smile on his face when he was talking about his flowers. On his death bed, he asked me, “Do you know why I grow so many plants?” and I honestly did not know. He looked me in the eye told me, “I grew all these plants because I love you and wanted to at least try preserving the planet for you.” My grandfather spent so much time and effort on preserving the environment for the next generation, and I want to at least try to do the…show more content…
The study states that “When the earth began coming out of the Pleistocene Ice Age 18,000 years ago, sea levels were about 400 feet lower than they are today and have been steadily rising ever since.” Judith Curry, PhD, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology states that "it is clear that natural variability has dominated sea level rise during the 20th century, with changes in ocean heat content and changes in precipitation patterns." Freeman Dyson, Professor of Mathematical Physics and Astrophysics at the renown, ivy league college, Princeton University, has stated that “there is no evidence that rising sea levels are due to anthropogenic climate change.” The NASA Earth Observatory journal argues the contrary that the ice caps are melting due to increased temperatures caused by humans. They also state that rising sea level is “in part due to the addition of water to the oceans through either the melting of or the "calving" off of icebergs from the world 's land ice. Many individual mountain glaciers and ice caps are known to have been retreating, contributing to the rising sea levels.” Many studies state that rising sea levels are a natural process. However, both sides of the argument agree that over the past couple centuries, the global sea level has been increasing gradually. It is an undeniable fact that sea levels are
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