The climate is changing, so should you

Amy Espin, Staff Reporter

In the past few years, there has been an obvious change in weather. There are rising temperatures some days and rapidly decreasing temperatures the next. In places like New Jersey and the rest of the metropolitan area, residents now see hurricanes, torrential rains, and even tornados, all weather events that were anomalies in the past. Most of society wonders why this is happening but we turn a blind eye, ignoring what’s unfolding before us.

Deforestation, pollution, overpopulation, and overconsumption are all human induced things that are killing the planet and leading to the changes in weather. While the weather is short-term, climate change is not. To put it simply, climate is what you anticipate, and weather is what happens. This is why global warming can occur even when seasonal temperatures drop. Global Warming is only one part of climate change. 

According to the Washington Post, in Antarctica the weather has risen 70 degrees, which is something scientists called “impossible” until now. As the planet continues to warm, we know the exact cause of climate change, human activity and reliance on fossil fuels.

Adopted by nearly 200 countries in 2015, the Paris Climate Agreement, is an international accord that aims to tackle climate change and its negative impacts. In February, the US officially rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement, after former President Trump withdrew the US in 2017. The current President of the United States, Joe Biden expressed his concern over what can happen if we keep ignoring climate change. 

“We can no longer delay or do the bare minimum to address climate change,” Biden said.”This is a global existential crisis and we’ll all suffer the consequences if we fail.”  

Climate change is a supply chain, economic, reproductive, civil rights, social, ecosystem collapse, everything is connected. Most people fail to realize how climate change can and is affecting us. It is important to spread more awareness about what is happening on our planet. People need to know that these drastic weather changes are just not “iffy” days, it is climate change.