I think that climate change is an issue that needs to be dealt with, so I have decided to write a post about climate change. Here it is:

What is climate change?

Climate change is exactly what it sounds like; the climate (average temperature of the planet) changing. And that is exactly what’s been happening since the industrial revolution.

Of course, the climate could be warming naturally. But scientists think that humans are to blame. We are pumping too much pollution and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and this is trapping heat and making the planet warmer.

Causes of climate change

Although some of climate change is completely natural, most of it is caused by greenhouse gases (so called because they trap heat like a greenhouse) being pumped into the atmosphere. Humans are burning fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas which then release carbon dioxide (CO2) into the air. Rotting rubbish also contributes to climate change; when things rot, they release methane (CH4). This is also a greenhouse gas. These gases act like a blanket, trapping heat. Unfortunately there are now too much greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and therefore too much heat. If the earth heats up too much, it could have disastrous consequences.

If all this scares you, then don’t worry, because so long as it is kept under control, there won’t be too many bad consequences. And guess what! You can help prevent these, by doing a few simple things:

  • Switch off the light when you leave a room
  • Don’t leave the TV on standby – turn it off at the plug
  • Use paper on both sides
  • Cycle or walk rather than drive – cars guzzle fuel and produce CO2
  • Remember the three Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Reduce – don’t buy so much stuff in the first place! Reuse – reuse things like plastic supermarket bags! Recycle – recycle everything you can!
  • Have showers instead of baths – it uses up way less water

Ideas to help to stop climate change

There are lots of organisations dedicated to preventing climate change. Here are a few of them:

The story of stuff project, headed by Annie Leonard has realised that we are consuming too much stuff, and aims to make people realise this.

HY-TEK Bio has developed an idea to reduce pollution from power stations, that uses algae to absorb CO2 and reduce emissions.

5 gyres sails to remote parts of the ocean to record plastic debris circulating in the seas currents, or gyres.

I hope this post has inspired you do something about climate change, even if it is just to have less baths. Thank you for reading!


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