Thereis no doubt that the climate has been drastically changing over the pastcentury due to a heavy increase in human activity with harmful effects on theenvironment.
Observations made by most of the population are often missing orlesser known, as they may not know the imminent problems the climate iscurrently facing. To help educate the population, Al Gore discussed theenvironmental crisis at a TED Talk. Most may not know what theenvironmental crisis is being caused by or even what it is for that matter. Anarticle about the environmental crisis written by Everything Connects describedthe crisis as “really a crisis of consciousness” (The Environmental Crisis). AlGore is an environmental activist who has been studying global warming and theeffects of the human population on the environment since his early twenties(Aldred). Gore believes that the crisis, such as higher temperatures, isaffecting a large percentage of the environment daily such as our plants,animals, people, and ecosystems (Gore).
This is causing a magnitude of problemsfor the environment. “Global warming has already had observable effects on theenvironment” (The Environmental Crisis). These problems include heavy amountsof rain in areas that normally don’t receive as much, melting of glacial shelvesand ice at the poles due to the rapid increase in temperatures, as well as amass extinction of animals over the past few decades. Gore stated, “Last Julyin Houston, Texas, it rained for two days, 162 billion gallons.
That representsmore than two days of the full flow of Niagara Falls in the middle of the city”(Gore). Temperatures at the North Pole was 50 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than normalcausing significant amounts of ice to melt, which results in the raising of thesea level (Gore). This drastic change in climate is also causing the extinctionof numerous species of plants and animals.
“We’re in danger of losing 50percent of all the living species on earth by the end of this century. Andalready, land-based plants and animals are now moving towards the poles at anaverage rate of 15 feet per day” says Gore (Gore). These effects are not theonly results of the crisis. Numerous effects such as air and water pollution,extreme weather events, ocean acidity, and more exist also (Pappas). Many countries and environmentalactivists believe something could and should be done to help prevent the crisisfrom worsening over time. The Paris Agreement is one step towards achieving thatgoal.
“The Paris Agreement builds upon the Convention and – for the first time– brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts tocombat climate change and adapt to its effects” (United Nations). The ParisAgreement, ratified by 173 Parties, includes Afghanistan, Canada, Hungary,Ireland, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine, Vietnam, aswell as the United States and many more countries (United Nations). Multiple Republicansin the House also believe there is an environmental crisis (Gore). However, thereare some that believe there is no crisis such as President Trump (WashingtonPost).
Though, these disagreements are for good reason. Some people may notknow their own stance on the issue due to not knowing who to believe or who tofollow. Another reason may be that because politics have become so involved,climate issues are often reflected in the participating parties. If activechanges are made to promote a healthier environment and participation fromgovernments around the world is included, positive change may become imminent.Prominent breakthroughs have occurred over the past decade, such as the ParisAccord. Other dramatic changes included more efficient and cheaper energyproduction including wind and solar as well as better energy storage (Gore).Gore remains optimistic because he believes that there is still time to changebefore the crisis becomes inevitable. If most of the human population stride towards change,an environmental catastrophe could be prevented, but if it doesn’t happenquickly enough, it may be too late.
If someone remains problematic about theirstance on the issues at hand, they should observe for themselves and determinefor themselves what they believe should be done. If they believe change must bemade, they should actively participate in their community in performing suchchange.