Climate change is the shift in the general weather conditions around the world that leads to more extreme weather phenomena. Climate is different for each season but recently, we have been experiencing snow at the beginning of spring, and record-breaking heatwaves in the middle of January. However, what exactly caused the changes in climate? Well, ever since the world entered the industrialization period in the 1760s, there has been an increase in the use of fossil fuels to run factories and for other human activities. The energy from burning coal, oil, and gas heats releases greenhouse gases and ends up trapping some of the sun’s energy which normally would be released from the atmosphere. Even today, we have not been liberated from this issue.
Climate Change is an important crisis that affects the entire world. It is a problem that we have been facing for years and will continue to face in the coming years if we don’t act now. The Earth as we know it is home to humans, animals, plants, insects, and other living organisms. However, our homes will be in danger in the future and a warning has been given to us by scientists, to encourage us in saving our planet earth.
BE ON THE ALARM!
On April 6th, 2022 in Los Angeles, a NASA scientist, and three other people chained themselves to the doors of a Chase Bank building as a way to protest against the bank’s actions in investing in fossil fuels more than other banks. The NASA scientist, Peter Kalmus studies biological systems and climate change at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. While chained to the doors of the bank, Kalmus cried, “I'm willing to take a risk for this gorgeous planet, for my sons. We've been trying to warn you guys for so many decades that we're heading towards a…catastrophe, and we've been being ignored. The scientists of the world are being ignored, and it's got to stop. We're not joking. We're not lying. We're not exaggerating.”
The other three people who had accompanied him in this protest were physicist Greg Spooner, science educator Allan Chornack, and engineer Eric Gill. However, approximately four hours later, they were arrested after more than two dozen police officers arrived and released the protestors from the chains.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
There are various ways in which we can heal the planet we live on. In our TYWLS community, we have the Environmental Club, which is solely based on helping the environment around us. One of the members of the club — Gabriela Mendoza, claimed, “There is no stopping the climate crisis. We, as a community, can only adjust our individual consumption to slow down the effects of climate change. Some things we can do to reduce our carbon footprint is using fewer deli bags, putting your food directly in your bookbag, or bringing a lunch box! Also, we now have access to a water bottle refilling station, let's take advantage of it! Bring a reusable water bottle every day, it saves you money and time in the morning. Lastly, make sure to add waste in the appropriate bins, green bin for plastic, blue bin for paper, and black bin for actual garbage like food scrapes and dirty paper!”
In addition how we can help, but during our personal lives is by eating less meat because reducing the consumption of red meat can save carbon. You can instead focus on eating more white meat, fish, and eggs. Also as mentioned earlier, you can use reusable water bottles and refill if needed, instead of wasting plastic water bottles. Finally, just keep our community clean! If you see litter, pick it up and throw it in the right trash bin.
Let’s continue to heal Earth!
There were many factors that led to the crowd’s deadly stampede. For starters, the venue, because it was outdoors, had virtually no capacity limit. Though it was reported by officials that nearly 50,000 fans attended the concert, it did not prevent the crowd from surging in the venue to the point where concertgoers, because of the immense pushing and squeezing to get closer to the stage, lead many underwent asphyxiation. A concertgoer recalls their time: "I fell backward and it felt like it was the end for me. To think that's how I'll die, I was so scared," Beltran told CNN. "I did not know what to do. It was all happening so fast, but so slow and I couldn't react. I just screamed."
Secondly, it was a problem of negligence and unpreparedness. There were inadequate forms of safety enforcement. Very little security to monitor safety, especially when in fact it was a standing festival. Where anyone can just shove towards the stage in comparison to a seated festival where seats and sections prevent the crowd from surging. . While crowds desperately chanted “stop the show” no one stopped the show. Stage crew, managers, security, and not even Scott himself stopped his performance. It even got to the point where attendee, Ayden Cruz (18) climbed to the cameramen in desperation to stop the show screaming “I just got out of there. You don’t know what’s happening down there. There are kids in there.” Interestingly, even after Houston officials intervened and declared the festival as a “mass casualty event,” it still took 40 minutes to shut the entire event down.
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