There’s no denying that global warming is one of the main world issues, but even with the scientific evidence, there is still a huge misconception of whether global warming is a matter of science or opinion. In a study done by Business Insider of 3022 randomly selected Americans, the majority of anti climate changers said that they simply “do not see the weather changing around them.” Climate change won’t necessarily change the weather in your hometown, but her are some things that it is doing.
Climate change is warming the ocean. The average temperature of the top 100 feet of ocean has risen .06 degrees fahrenheit since 1969. Antarctica’s ice sheets are melting, with Greenland losing 279 billion tons of ice per year since 1993. The average global temperature has risen 2.05 degrees fahrenheit. Glacier sizes are declining around the world. The global sea level has risen 8 inches. This list could go on, but you get the point. These changes may not seem durastic, but remember that we are talking about geological time and size. There are 321,000,000 cubic miles of water in the ocean, so to heat up the upper layer by .06 degrees is a big deal. Here is a graph of Ocean temperatures starting at 1880. From 1880 to about 1940 Ocean temperatures appear to be stable. Then from 1940 to the mid 1970’s the temperature teater daughter. Then BOOM! From about 1975 to 2015, which is when the graph ends, there is a huge increase in the Oceans temperature.
Some people argue that these are just global temperature trends, and that temperatures have always risen and declined. Well let’s take a look at this CO2 emissions graph.
Starting around 1850 there was a slight rise in CO2 emissions. Then at some point in the 1950s CO2 emissions sky rocket. These two graphs have very similar patterns. It’s not just about ocean temperature. You could look at most global warming graphs and they would look similar to a global CO2 emissions graph.
With false information so easily accessible on the internet and politicians who still do not openly admit to climate change, you could see why there is still a large number of people who aren’t convinced. Below is the closing statement from an interview with Vice president Mike pence in 2019. Jake tapper originally asked if Pence thought that “climate change is an emergency threat to the United states.” After much confusion Pence would not directly address the question.
TAPPER: OK. So you don’t think it is a threat, is all I’m saying? You don’t think it is a threat?
PENCE: I think we’re making great progress reducing carbon emissions, America has the cleanest air and water in the world. We will continue to use market forces…
TAPPER: That is not true. We don’t have the cleanest air and water in the world.
(America is the tenth ranked country when it comes to air quality, making Pences statement incorrect.)
Just recently the new republican supreme court nominee Judge Amy Barret was asked her views on climate change during the Senate Judiciary committee interview. Judge Barret referred to climate change as a “very continuous matter of public debate” and then proceeded to say that she “will not express a view on a matter of public policy, especially one that is politically controversial.” Yeah… scary. This is not a matter of politics or opinion, in fact, it has nothing to do with democrats or republicans. This is a global issue that we must continue to educate ourselves on and find ways to cut down on our individual CO2 emissions.
I am intrigued by your post because I am shocked by the remarks that were made by those government officials. It is hard to believe that people who are authority figures would neglect the problem of global warming and would think of it as if it is not a real problem.
A sentence you wrote that stood out for me was how some people said they did not think climate change was a real thing since they “[did] not see the weather changing around them.” It worries me that there are people who think this way and don’t think it should be a concern just because it is not affecting them directly. I wonder if they still have these beliefs now, knowing that climate change has been getting worse more recently.
Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like how you were unbiased and added graphs to back up what you were saying. I also think that is a very important topic and your post highlights how it has become a bigger issue over the years.
I am enthusiastic reading your post, “Climate Change is Not Controversial… It’s Really Happening” because I’ve been looking into climate change since I was about 17 years old. I remember having many discussion about it back in Highschool with my Chemistry teacher and even now, years later, seeing all the detrimental effects it is causing. Yet like you mention, there are people who doubt the truth.
One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “There are 321,000,000 cubic miles of water in the ocean, so to heat up the upper layer by .06 degrees is a big deal” I think this is fascinating because this is a number that is beyond comparison in the normal mind. It’s true that .6 degrees seems like an insignificant number, but given the massive body that it’s affecting it is in reality an extreme change.
Another sentence that I found a bit disturbing was Judge Amy Coney Barret’s quote “will not express a view on a matter of public policy, especially one that is politically controversial.” This stood out for me because you would hope that a person who has such a high position in our law-deciding government and is educated would understand that this is not a matter of “political controversy” the way a person’s actions and spending habits can be. Instead this is a matter of TRUTH that is being overlooked.
Have you seen this that just recently the supreme court has limited the EPA’s capabilities in fighting climate change? Here is a link so that you may see for yourself, https://www.cnbc.com/2022/07/01/the-supreme-court-limited-the-power-of-the-epa-so-what-happens-now.html. I thought you might be interested in this because it highlights how people in high authority can influence not only the current generation, but generations to come with their arrogance.
Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, your use of graphs and charts is very easy to read and comes natural to me. It’s great to be able to write about this topic in a concise manner, and also showcase the numbers in a visual manner that is a bit easier to read. I believe that as our generation get’s older and gains more power in the government, we will take more steps in the right direction.
Your title is very catching. I completely agree that it’s not some controversial topic where people can have many different opinions with reasonable discussions – instead , like you stated, it’s really happening and there are no other opinions that can deny the facts we are seeing.
Informative post Miles! I absolutely agree with this post. It is disheartening to see people treat climate change as a political or partisan issue. I haven’t heard a lot of people saying that climate change should not be controversial so I am glad to see it here. I liked what you said about why people don’t believe that climate change is real “With false information so easily accessible on the internet and politicians who still do not openly admit to climate change, you could see why there is still a large number of people who aren’t convinced.” I think this it is important to identify what is going wrong that people do not believe in climate change. Understanding the viewpoints of those who are ill informed is important to causing societal change. According to a 2016 Pew Research study “About two-thirds of U.S. adults (67%) say the federal government is doing too little to reduce the effects of climate change”. While this might seems like a healthy majority it is very discouraging to think about the remaining % that think we are doing ok. It is frustrated to see Americans not concerned about the United States’ response to this crisis.
I think you might find this research helpful: https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2019/11/25/u-s-public-views-on-climate-and-energy/
I really enjoyed reading your post here because I agree with your statements that climate change is not up for debate, and it shouldn’t. You brought up the statement that people deny climate change because they “do not see the weather changing around them.”. This statement sorta boggles my mind because these people aren’t looking at the broader spectra of our world. They are merely focused on the area where they live. Well, there is a chance that the weather won’t change in your area, but there are other parts of the world that have been severely impacted by climate change. For example, the Polynesian archipelagos of Tuvalu and Kiribati are sinking at an alarming rate, with several islands already underwater. If we don’t fix, or attempt to stop the effects of climate change soon, it will have drastic consequences for the future of the Earth, and every single living organism on Earth.
Thank you for taking your time and writing this article because it brings up a larger issue that without any action taken, it will lead to cataclysmic consequences.
Thanks for your insight, Ishmael! I’m glad to hear that others are as passionate and aware of the issues of climate change as me.
I very much resonated with your post because I agree that climate change should not be considered political. It is something that is actually occurring, and it is a very serious problem that needs to be addressed by those in government.
I like how you included graphs and statistics. It helped me see visually the various impacts on the world’s climate. I also found it interesting that you included the perspectives of those in government, like Mike Pence and Amy Coney Barrett. I agree that it is truly scary that people who are governing our country don’t recognize this issue. Climate is not political, nor should it involve having an opinion on whether or not it is real. Climate change is a threat to our livelihood, and something must be done about it. I think that the fact that so many young people today are actively contributing to solving this problem provides a bit of relief for our future.
Thank you for your post! I look forward to seeing what you write next because this post can open the eyes of those who may not realize the severity of an issue as threatening as climate change.
Thank you for writing such an insightful and analytical piece! I definitely agree with many points you brought up in this, especially the importance of differentiating between observable weather and the Earth’s changing climate. The fact that you were able to use facts and figures to prove that climate change is real and increasing makes your points and this post a whole a lot stronger! That being said, it is a sign of the times we are in that this very serous issue is being politicized and presented as a belief instead of scientific fact. The politicians that some have elected and the ones we will continue to elect have a huge impact on how climate change is handled in this country and I am very glad to see you call attention to this! I really enjoyed reading the data and interpreting the graphs you included and I hope you continue to stay updated about this issue and educate others! Keep it up!
Thank you for bringing attention to this. I feel as if climate change is the biggest global problem besides COVID-19 at the moment. Time and time again people have shown evidence of the earth climate change, but nothing is done powerful enough to set the earth on the right track. You’re one of the only people to push this issue and show evidence as to why action should be taken.
I am happy to read your post because I also agree with you on the fact that climate change is not up for debate; it is a scientific problem that must be addressed. I also was happy to see in your post the different graphs along with your evidence as I think it adds support to your argument. A couple things that you wrote that stand out to me are the comments from Vice President Pence and newly nominated Judge Barrett, Pence saying “America has the cleanest air and water” and Barrett saying climate change is “politically controversial.” I think it is intelligent to add these statements as the statements show how even the leaders of the U.S. do not understand the problem at hand, which only adds to your argument of needing education and action for climate change. Your post reminds me of the conversations I have with people about climate change. Some of the people believe action is necessary, while others say it does not exist as they do not see the climate ‘changing’ near them. It is frustrating to hear and I hope they read posts like yours to eventually understand the drastic impact climate change is having on the world. Thank you for writing about this issue, and I look forward to seeing what you write next since I believe we possess similar opinions on this issue and it is great see other young people pointing out what needs to be changed in the world.