By Justin Wing
A local recycling company here in San Tan Valley (Photo by Justin Wing)
Climate Change is a [legitimate problem] that affects the world on a global scale. Scientists from the source https://www.scientificamerican.com have shared their opinion on how we’ve already gone past the point of no return, but what are the students and staff of Poston Butte feeling about this problem?
The basics of being green are obviously the act of recycling and the conservation of freshwater, but some people take it above and beyond and even pursue a career in protecting the frailty known as our environment. Cooper Payne, a graduate of Poston Butte, believes in climate change because, “The science I’ve seen seems true to me.” When he was asked about what he thought about the state of Earth’s climate and Payne shared,
“ I am very concerned with the earth’s current climate state. I just watched Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary “Before the flood” and that show just validated everything that I believe in terms of climate change. He goes all around the world and looks at different climates, and communities are having change not just in one place, but all over the world. The interesting thing is the misconception about climate change is that the earth gets warmer, but in reality the earth temperatures just become more extreme.”
On the opposing side of the argument, Trey Lee, a Junior, expressed disbelief when it comes to climate change. Lee said, “The world is set on a fixed point, and us humans can’t do anything to change it. Who knows, the Earth could just be moving closer to the sun due to it’s orbit... However, I am concerned about Earth’s climate because I have been noticing that this year was hotter and colder than last year.” Trey does make an interesting point. If the world really is set on a fixed point, does that mean us humans really can’t do a single thing to the Earth?
Now Ms. Kully, the honors biology teacher, expressed how she believes in climate change. She shares, “ There is picture evidence of polar ice caps melting. The amount of ice that we have had in the past is melting at rapid rates. This is causing polar bears and some species of penguins to go into the red near extinction.”
Can you imagine that?!?! The polar bears, yep the polar bears are dying! And let’s not forget about the penguins! This just goes to show how bad climate change is.
She continued by saying, “ Every so often you will seen an article about a “strange” species of fish coming up from the depths to the surface. These deep sea fish are getting confused by the temperature change. We have had in increase in natural disasters, tornados and hurricanes.”
Hear that Louisiana? Looks a Katrina V2 might not be so farfetched after all. And the same goes for you too Joplin. There could be an EF-6 tornado heading your way, yep a tornado that even breaks the Fujita scale….
“We are on the pathway to a mass extinction and climate change is one of the contributing factors to this extinction. All of life is connected, food webs and chains, so we too will be hurt by these changes in our animal life.”
So in simple words, we could knocked off the top of the food chain. Considering that most of the plant and animal species on our earth could go extinct, is no laughing matter. Ms. Kully Was then asked if she was concerned about the state of Earth’s climate, and she said,
“Of course I am. We will soon have a president in office that does not believe in climate change and that has appointed a adamant climate denier into his cabinet to oversee the EPA. This is terrifying to me, and should be to anyone that wants to continue living on this planet.”
So to conclude, it must be said again that climate change is no laughing matter. There are people who believe in climate change, and then there are the few who don’t. Who knows, people could think that climate change is a worldwide struggle, or some would think it’s the biggest lie in human history...