3AP Comp ESA
10 November 2014
Global Warming Essay
The idea of global became prevalent when the world began industrializing. As the popularity of cars grew and industrial factories began to spring up the air quality suffered. The problem was not recognized because, aside from a few orange skies, there were no obvious effects. Although in this day and age we can see what global warming is doing to our Earth, there are still those people who believe that humans are too small to make an impact.
Global warming is too often put on the back burner, and things that seem to be more important are made priority. However global warming is tied back to those things that seem to be a priority. The Earth is our home and should be put first. New York Times, Marjorie Connelly quotes Bernice Schneiderman, “Economic growth is important, but if we don’t take care of the environment, we won’t be here to enjoy it,” If we are constantly focusing on the economy or other issues, the Earth will get to a point when it is no longer inhabitable. Although this is a serious issue “31 percent considered global warming to be a natural phenomenon, and 10 percent did not accept the idea of global warming at all.” (Marjorie Connelly). Over forty percent of the population does not realize that our planet is in trouble. This percentage is very much so politically tied. “18 percent of Republicans did not think global warming was real” and “sixty-one percent of democrats said global warming was causing an impact now,”. Typically the conservative Republican Party tends to be an older group of people, while the Democrat Party is made up of a much younger group of people. Of course “those 65 and older expected to see no impact from global warming”, their time is short so they have no reason to care about the climate change. However interestingly, “Many younger people did, (expect to see impact from global warming) including 50 percent of those under 30.” It is the younger people who care, because they are the ones who will suffer if something is not done to stop climate change.
Although the democrats are not taking notice to the climate change, the Pentagon is. Lisa Freidman and Climate Wire report that “The Pentagon released a landmark report (yesterday) declaring climate change an ‘immediate risk’”. If the government feels this strongly about climate change why don’t we? Not only do they care, but they are doing something about it. Defense secretary Chuck Hagel “embraced upcoming U.N. negotiations in Lima Peru, aimed at developing a new global agreement” and “leaders hope to see a draft emerge at the Lima Climate talks in December.” Officials such as Chuck Hagel are aware that climate change does not just mean warmer temperatures, but that “climate change is a ‘threat multiplier’”. One of the chain reactions that will occur is the obvious rising of sea levels. Rising sea levels means that costal military bases will be flooded, leaving them “vulnerable” and it will “complicate surveillance and reconnaissance capability”. What would our nation come to if every costal military base was gone? Countries would be more vulnerable to terrorism and attacks and, those few, but powerful people who do not believe in global warming are allowing this to happen. Besides terrorism and attacks, global warming would also create limited resources. 2014 climate Change Adaption Roadmap warms that “climate change could leave already weak nations more vulnerable, from restricting food and water to compelling mass migration.” This is why it is crucial for us to do something about the global warming crisis. This is not a matter of warmer summers and colder winters, it is life and possible death for millions of people.
Climate change is a largely debated subject, but there is clear and tangible proof of its effects. Although the change is not occurring overnight, Brad Plumer in “The Washington Post” writes “the global average is changing over a...