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The changes that occurred in the past 50 years on planet Earth are extremely dangerous.

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Looking back at the past 50 years on earth, one could say that everything has changed: lifestyles, mindsets, laws, fashion, technology and more. With these changes also came improvements such as a more accepting society and higher and cheaper technology use. In contrast, the environment took a turn for the worst. Current predictions by the World Health Organization say that approximately 250,000 people per year could die worldwide by the year 2030, directly because of climate change.

Why are these changes happening? Based on NASA Global Climate change, it’s due to the human expansion of the greenhouse effect which is the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere due to the burning of fossil fuels like oil and coal. In other words, the increasing of industries and other human activities has increased concentrations of greenhouse gases. With this increase comes severe consequences: the average temperature of Earth will continue to go up along with the warming of oceans, melting of ice glaciers, increased sea level and extinction of many animal species. Senior Kalissa Azooz is avidly worried about this issue.

“I am most worried about the human mindset regarding climate change,” Azooz said. “About 40 percent of Americans still don’t address climate change as a big deal, and considering we are one of the biggest and most powerful nations in the world, we are setting the example for the rest of the world.”

NASA gives the people two solutions for this worldwide issue. First, they suggest mitigation, which is is the reducing of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. In order to do this, nations need to reduce the burning of fossil fuels for electricity and transportation, along with enhancing the “sinks that accumulate and store these gases,” which are the oceans, forests and soil. The second solution they give is adaptation. This involves nations predicting the outcomes of climate change and making the necessary changes in order to adapt, sooner rather than later. Actions that have already been taken on a local level include building flood defenses, planning for heat waves, installing water-permeable pavements and improving water storage.

Spreading the message about this life altering issue is not something that should be of a controversial manner; this should be realistically acknowledged by all people of the world. Without this accomplishment of awareness, very severe consequences will follow.

“Until people realize that this is a big issue, politics won’t change, day-to-day life won’t change and therefore the issue won’t change,” Azooz said.

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