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Transcript of Chasing ice
Climate change is obviously a serious problem and you can visit the websites I cited to find out more and learn how you can help. I hope you enjoyed the presentation.
Perhaps the place we most seriously see these changes are in the glaciers in places like Greenland and Iceland and we saw that evidently in this documentary. The massive calving events and the receding of ice that is happening so rapidly is scary. Changes normally taking hundreds of years are happening in the last decade. This can not be explained without the answer that the world is getting hotter. Now you might think "Why should I care?. No one lives there and it's just adding more water to the ocean right". Well that's a problem already, the more water in the ocean the more low lying areas are at risk of flooding and more extreme weather. As well, just the fact that they are melting is an early warning sign of the problem. If only it was actually early enough. The estimated sea level rise in the next 50 years is crazy, we are supposed to add whole centimeters to it following the current growth rate.
Facts and support of climate change are overwhelming. According to https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ the worlds average temperature has risen 2 degrees since the 19th century. The sea level has risen 8 centimeters and 16 of the hottest years ever have happend since 2001. And looking at http://www.davidsuzuki.org, they say climate change will cause extreme and dangerous wheather flucuations. The added energy in our atmosphere will cause more serious storms and increase rainfall as well as destructive natural disasters such as tornados and hurricanes. Climate change will also increase the severity of existing problems such as endangered speicies and air polution. http://www.greenpeace.org
It was a pretty depressing start to this to this project that the first thing that popped up while researching was a story about an island in Virginia literally sinking. Tangier island in Virginia is disappearing, slipping beneath the water, and taking homes away from hundreds, because rain and extreme weather are adding the the bay it's in. Deniers of climate change would blame these things on other circumstances and claim the idea of climate change is crazy. However the main focus of the article was about Trump and how he is a dismisser of climate change and thus is repealing laws to protect the environment. Later this month we are finding out weather or not trump plans on leaving the Paris climate agreement. But really the main problem is the damage this could do to to the global movement it would take to reverse climate change. The longer we sit here, not doing anything, debating whether or not it is a problem, the worse it's getting. Climate change is real, affecting people and their lives now.
3. When people can see the changes with their
eyes they're much more likely to belive it. With just two pictures it could photoshopped or taken out of context to represent misinformation. And because of the impractibilty of filming for a year a time lapse is the perfect solution.
4. The main problem with the media is the feuling of an imaginary opposition. Holding live debates between two scientists tells the viewers at home that the science is still out or that the world science community is split. When in reality the vast majority of science is a supporter of the reality of climate change.
6. The example that comes to mind of the nazis problem in germany. As a poteintialy world ending problem started to grow, the western world ignored them. We assume the problem is only for the penguins and anyone who lives in greenland, but this effects everyone, everywhere.
Fixing the problem
Turning this situation around is a huge priority. Unified global efforts like the paris accords are key. Countries need to put in new regulations that are more green. Laws that control that smoke pumped into our skies and the oil put in our oceans. Relying on sustainable power is a must because of the reduced air polution and smarter long term plan. The longer we stand around debating the problm the more time waste not fixing it.