Climate change: what’s causing it and what can we do to help?

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by Zulma Rodriguez

 It snowed on Friday, November 9. Some people might claim that this means climate change isn’t real. But the weather is changing, and not in a good way. The world isn’t just becoming warmer, temperatures are becoming more extreme.

 According to the EPA, “Climate change is the long term changes in the average weather pattern of a region observed over a period of time.” The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change notes that these are either “due to natural variability or a result of human activity.”

  But what exactly is causing climate change? And what can we do to help?

Here are the 3 of the many things that are causing climate change:

  1. Electricity and heat are by far the biggest climate problem. When we burn fossil fuels like coal and gas to create electricity or power our cars, we release pollution into the atmosphere.
  2. Transportation: driving and flying make up 15% of the cause of climate change. It affects climate change by trapping heat in the atmosphere, causing the earth’s temperature to increase.
  3. Chopping down forests are considered to also be one of the reasons for climate change. By cutting down trees, we are causing a big change in the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which also contributes to these big changes in temperatures.

What can we do to help? Here are three

  1. Use energy wisely! Unplug computers, phones, or other chargers when you’re not using them. Turn off lights when you leave a room. Make your house two degrees colder in winter and two degrees warmer in summer.
  2. Find ways to reduce your transportation emissions. In Goshen, you could ride a bike, carpool, or take the Trolley. If you go to Chicago, take the train there instead of driving!
  3. Recycle, and buy recycled products. The best thing lots of GHSers could do is get a reusable water bottle instead of using a new plastic water bottle every day. If all you do is buy a reusable water bottle instead of one every day at lunch, you’d not only save tons of money but you’ll be saving the world too!



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