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September 28, 2022

 

Planting 10 Billion Trees

Pakistan is one of the most susceptible countries when it comes to climate change. Its citizens, on the other hand, wish to change that. The Ten Billion Tree Tsunami program was begun in Pakistan in 2019, with the objective of planting 10 billion trees by 2028. The countrywide initiative, which has already planted one billion saplings, is a follow-up to a campaign that began in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2015. Residents from all walks of life are now getting part, planting and maintaining 21 different types of trees around the country, from toddlers to politicians. Other environmentally friendly initiatives, such as renewable energy and electric taxis, are also being funded by the government.


Does global warming cause cold weather?

Global warming has been a hot topic discussion for years now and people have regularly debated the effects it will have on the Earth. But if global warming heats up the earth, why is the east coast getting record-breaking low temperatures in October and California is burning? The answer lies within the high moving rivers in the sky called jet streams. According to National Weather Service, jet streams are “relatively narrow bands of strong wind in the upper levels of the atmosphere”. There are two main jet streams in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere, but the Northen Pacific Jet Stream is the one to blame.

How does the jet stream across America affect the east coast? Well, the Pacific jet stream sits above the ocean and carries air and water up to the artic where it is pushed back down into the mid-west and east coast. This normal jet stream pattern does not normally affect the east coast, but as the global temperature rises, storms in the pacific are stronger and now are caught in the jet stream. These powerful storms are pushed back into the east coast causing intense cold weather. The polar vortex int the artic assists with this result too. The polar vortex is weakening because of the rapid decrease in temperature and “an unstable polar vortex can expand and send cold Arctic air into the jet stream, leading to frigid winter weather and storms southward”(National Geographic). 

The jet stream does not just affect the east but also the west, however, instead of freezing weather it is dry and hot weather. This dry and hot weather is causing the recent fires in parts of California. The storms that are supposed to be hitting the west coast, are now being carried by the jet stream into the north artic, and then blown back into the east coast and the mid-west. In an article by the Washington Post, high winds are created by high and low-pressure areas in the Great Basin. These pressure areas are made when the jet stream carries down the air from the artic. Now, these powerful winds are whirling through California, increasing the rate that fires burn and increasing the power of the fires. In combination with the dry wind and the high winds, the California fires have endless fuel and are nearly impossible to put out. 

Global warming does more than just heating up the earth. The increase in temperature means the increase of more extreme weather, even if it is cold weather. Hurricanes and Typhons are also increasing in intensity due to global temperature rise. Even though the east coast is freezing while the west coast is burning, global warming is to blame for these new patterns.


Global warming is real!

” Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money”

~Indian Proverb

My teammates @lreyes21 @jmanriquez2 and I are looking forward to take action in saving our planet. We don’t know how to get our communities involved, and we don’t know how to let them know that global warming is real and it is currently taking place. We want our first involvement to be with having schools incorporate solar panels. If we add solar panels to our schools then we will reduce the electricity bills but it will also reduce the use of fossil fuels. We are so excited to start the process.


To the President; We Are Killing the Earth

Dear President,

 

The environment is literally the base of all life on Earth. It makes everything go round. But the problem is that the Earth is dying at an insanely fast rate. This is more of a problem than we are letting on.

There has been a high rate of natural disasters affecting the coast of the United States in Texas and Florida, and also all of Puerto Rico. All of these disasters happened within an extremely small time frame and we shouldn’t overlook it as some natural phenomena. A Puerto-Rican named Alejandro (@agarciapadilla on Twitter) tweeted a picture of surgeons conducting a surgery using a flashlight from a cellphone. The polar ice caps melting play a large role in the hurricanes, which sprouted from, you guessed it: global warming.

That is just touching on the topic of global warming. The earth has heated drastically since 1910. Daniel Glick mentioned in an article that Glacial Park has significantly just diminished. In 1910, there were 150 glaciers; now there are only a shrunken 30. Many people do not believe in global warming, but what else could have caused that?

That’s not our only focus in our environment. #SaveTheBees has become a more popular trend lately. All for a good reason. The simplest and harshest way to put it is; without the bees, everyone dies. Everyone knows that bees pollinate flowers. But bees also pollinate; plants, trees, and grass. Even beekeepers in the UK are finding it hard to sell their honey for a low price since it is so scarce, mentioned by Nabila Khouri, CNN.

It is our responsibility as a human race to save what we have left. To save the Earth, we must stop with deforestation. Things we can do is carpool to release less carbon emissions into the atmosphere. That alone would help us significantly. If we used solar energy, we would have no need for fossil fuels. We must protect what we have left before there is nothing left.

 

Sincerely,

Alexandra Fairbrother

 


Will our environment continue to grow unhealthier or will we be able to change that?

Based on the world around me today, it is apparent that the Earth is growing worse and worse every single day we are on it. Throughout our history on the Earth, the number of extinct animals has increased, the amount of harmful and trash material in earth, sea, and space have increased, our oceans have become more acidic, and the temperature of the earth is set to increase 4 degrees celsius. These are all extremely negative effects that in my opinion will eventually catch up with us. My question asks whether our ecosystem will continue this path of destruction of our home planet or if we are going to be able to stop this decline and prolong the life of Earth. In the last 100 years or less the human population has begun to accept the fact that we are killing the Earth. Although there are still many people that do not believe this, the people that do are starting to try and make a difference. It has become a worldwide goal to waste less and recycle more. Now there are large groups of people who protest the destruction of our forests and natural land along with clean up groups who pick up trash. Many scientist are looking into how they might reverse the more substantial issues such as greenhouse gases and the ph of our oceans. There are many theories that have been brought up but will potential have adverse effects as well. I’m not sure whether our efforts have made any lasting impact as of yet but I know the only way we will be able to actually make a significant change is if everyone participates in saving the earth.

Based on some research I have realized that there are many ideas and theories surround the basis of climate change and global warming. Many of the sites I looked at seemed to acknowledge that the humans are the root cause for the destruction of our Earth, surprisingly one of these sites was national geographic. They basically said, “ We are living through what biologists call the sixth mass extinction, a time of dramatic depletion of species, from frogs to rhinos and butterflies. By the end of the century, it is estimated that one in six species will be extinct. The causes—human population growth, habitat loss, climate change—are complex and interlocking, fueling each other in an ever faster destructive spiral.” Later in this article the author speaks of his ideas of saving half of the planet for nature and how this may be one of the few ways to actually save the Earth and the human race.

Another great site I found while doing research was this. In this article they give a fantastic quote from Barack Obama which says, “We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about i.” This quote really speaks to me because it points to the fact that the worldwide issues have only recently began to be acknowledged and felt by all. Things are now progressing at a rapid rate and we may be the only ones able to stop the damage before it is too late

 


We need to fight every effort to take the United States backwards on climate change issues

Climate change not only in the United States, but all around the world, is a huge global issue causing many issues, soon leading to catastrophe. States are making moves to protect mother earth and keep it the way it should be; clean.

Climate change is affecting coastal areas in many ways. Coasts are sensitive to sea level rise, changes in the frequency and intensity of storms, increases in precipitation, and warmer ocean temperatures. The impacts of climate change are likely to worsen problems that coastal areas already face. Approaching existing challenges that affect shoreline erosion, coastal flooding, and water pollution, is already a concern in many areas.

Donald Trump has recently picked Scott Pruitt to head the EPA during his presidency. EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) is all about tracking greenhouse gas emission trends and identify opportunities for reducing emissions and increasing efficiency. Trump has picked someone new to lead an organization aimed at protecting mother earth, and we all hope he does this job well.

Over the last decade or so, most states have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by promoting energy efficiency and renewable fuels. These trends should continue as clean energy costs continue to decline and, in some parts of the country, fall below the cost of dirtier fuels like coal. States are also beginning to put a price on carbon emissions to increase the cost of older fuels and encourage cleaner sources of energy. According to New York Times, “Lawmakers, environmental groups and individuals who care about climate change ought to fight every effort to take the country backward on this issue. But it will be just as important for them to support states that are trying to advance the cause.”

 

Photo by Peter.Bowden


Save the Earth

There are many ways that we can save the earth from global warming. Some of the most basic ways you can help reduce global warming are going solar, using less electricity, and using clean fuel. These things reduce the amount of carbon dioxide we put in the air, which causes the earth to heat up. Due to the earth’s rising temperature there has been an increase in the number of wildfires and dangerous heat waves. We must address these issues that cause global warming or it will keep affecting our community. The good news is that we have a number of solutions to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air and slow the global warming process down and have a healthier world.

http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/StopGlobalWarming.php

http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming#.V9r1EutOKrU

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https://www.youthvoices.live/tag/save-the-earth/