Via Wikipedia, “Climate change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time (i.e., decades to millions of years). Climate change may refer to a change in average weather conditions, or in the time variation of weather around longer-term average conditions (i.e., more or fewer extreme weather events). Climate change is caused by factors such as biotic processes, variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics, and volcanic eruptions. Certain human activities have been identified as primary causes of ongoing climate change, often referred to as global warming.”
To boil that down, climate change is a change in average weather patterns over a long period of time. When you hear people on the news talking about climate change, they’re referring to the fact that, on average, since the industrial age, the entire planet has been growing hotter. That’s bad because hotter average temperatures mean more severe and more frequent storms, blizzards, hurricanes, droughts, and so on. It also comes along with a host of other problems that are going to make living on this rock in the future a lot more difficult.
You should know that when it comes to climate change, we are very probably already past the point of no return. That means that shit is going to get bad, and we already missed our chance to fix it. Now, all we can do is work to mitigate the problems, and by “mitigate” I mean develop ways to sustain life on a planet that is mostly too hot, covered in storms, and probably doesn’t have enough water for everyone. And is also wracked with disease.
You may feel hopeless about that. “Why bother if we’re already screwed?” you’re thinking. Well, because humans are smart and we develop new technologies all the time, so this is a challenge that we can probably overcome.
But only if we buckle down and get to work right now.
What Can You Do About Climate Change?
- These will seem like small, meaningless things. They are not.
- Meatless Mondays – huge factory meat farms are a big contributor to climate change and pollution. If you can’t go vegetarian (and I don’t blame you), you could try cutting back.
- Call your senators and representatives and raise hell.
Where Can You Learn About Climate Change?
- Climate Change Resource Center
- NASAClimate on YouTube
- Accuweather Climate Change Blog
- WHO: Climate change and human health