Climate Change is Real, Climate Change is NOW

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There is something to be said about summer-like weather in the middle of February. This past year it has been clearer than ever that climate change is a real and it’s threatening our planet and future. I think what’s made it even more apparent that this is a serious issue is the fact that our newly-elected president considers it to be a myth. This pretty much forces all the rest of us rational people on this earth to believe it even more.

On April 22, 2017, over 600 cities saw rallies and marches organized by passionate scientists in their quest to celebrate science and spread the message that the study of science will continuously benefit the common good of society and our planet. The March for Science was a non-partisan movement that mainly took place in Washington D.C. where scientists took the stage to inform the masses of their work and the importance of scientific evidence to be considered in policy making. It was also an initiative to protest the recent acts of the Trump administration in relation to climate change. Within his first 100 days, President Trump signed an order to undo all climate change regulations that Obama put in place during his term as president.

Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” was one to take the stage at the March for Science in D.C. and was faced with a sea of cheering fans. He was quoted by the Washington Post saying, “We are marching today to remind people everywhere, our lawmakers especially, of the significance of science for our health and prosperity.” Would you consider that a dig towards Trump and his administration? Considering Bill Nye is one of the friendliest faces in the science world, many would probably say it wasn’t anything malicious, but he does and always has have an important message to tell the world. Science is important. Our planet is important.

I’ve grown up watching Bill Nye videos on an old dusty television in my middle school and high school science classrooms. As a young teenager, who to be honest really had no interest in biology or chemistry, I never thought Bill Nye would have such an impact on the world in future years. And as a relevant side note to my fellow classmates in college, he was the Rutgers University commencement speaker for the Class of 2015.

We have been taught our whole upbringing to “Go Green,” to actively recycle, refrain from littering, take shorter showers, shut off electricity, carpool when you can and be kind to the planet. As the weather gets warmer in the winter months, the sea levels increase, and the president actively removes legislation in place to help all these issues, climate change is more relevant than ever. At this point we’re looking at droughts and flooding, warm winters and hotter summers, the possibility of extreme weather storms and danger to our water resources throughout the world. Need I also mention the financial tool this will take when weather tragedies caused by climate change destroy and wipe out cities? How will we compensate when climate change puts our natural resources at risk? Money.

To conclude, the evidence is there, the data is there, the scientists are speaking out, it’s time that we listen. Even the ever-loved and iconic Leonardo DiCaprio is fighting for climate change reform with his foundation The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation which is “dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants.” If that doesn’t get you on board to take part in the earth-saving movement, I don’t know what else will.

For more information and ways to get involved in this important mission, visit www.climatechange.org, www.marchforscience.com, and www.lenardodicaprio.org.

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