Code Red: Update on Climate Change

Jazmyn Hill, Reporter

The global issue of climate change is progressively getting worse, causing both a sense of fear, as well as a sense of chosen oblivion split amongst the human race. As of the past few months, measures and ideas have been implemented in an effort to combat the crisis.

“We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all we can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth,” Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg said, according to Business Insider..

 The young activist was 16 years old when she dropped out of school to protest to the world’s lack of action toward climate change. Since then, she has conducted a climate strike that began on September 20, and risen questions to society such as the future of the human race itself.

“There is a different climate crisis every week,” According to the Washington Post, a representative of the United Nations said.

A report lists that every week a different crisis strikes, such as the endangerment of two thirds of North American bird life and the loss of 85% of American wetlands, according to The Guardian.

“It does cause me to worry, but I also have hope that people can make good decisions to help stop some of the damage  that we are causing,” science teacher Dr. Gaddy Bergman said.

Bergman holds a doctorate in sciences related to the environment. He, as well as Timberland’s Ecology club sponsor, David Spak, have those factors in common and share a fear regarding the environment and the future of their children.

“It does cause me to worry,” Spak said. “ But I also have hope that people can make good decisions to help stop some of  the damage that we are causing”

“Billions could be impacted by the year 2050,” the Washington Post said. “Between 2030 and 2050, 250,0000 additional deaths globally could be related to climate change, costing billions [according to the World Health Organization (WHO).”

According to the Boston Globe, a 2016 Global Change Research Program Report attributed the rise in temperature to an increase in low birthweight, stillbirth and premature birth. In addition, air pollution, a factor of global warming, is the cause of 7 million deaths annually.

“[Global warming is the] greatest public health challenge of the 21st century,” according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association.

The Boston Globe’s 2016 report also connected the worsening of global warming to variety of seven areas of health effects. This includes increased risk of heart attack, heat stroke, and other temperature correlated diseases. However there are ideas to combat this.

“The Nobel Prize-winning Yale economist William D. Nordhaus has argued that a carbon tax of $300 per ton or even higher might be required,” according to the Washington Post Article “The World Needs a Massive Carbon Tax in Just 10 Years to Limit Climate Change, IMF Says”.

Though is is only a 30% tax on revenue, experts insist that areas of China, South Africa and India may need an increase of 45% in order to make a difference according to the Washington Post. Other measures include New York making a Climate Change Laboratory, and global warming being a primary subject among the candidates of the 2020 election.

Though the world is facing many setbacks, many countries and officials are trying to clean up the mess that the human race has made for itself. Many protests and studies have had to take place in order to get to this point. One step at a time, the world is finally joining as one to alleviate the climate crisis.