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Climate change in our community
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Climate change in our community

Summary

In Nature lost its meaning by Ross Anderson, he briefly explains the idea of climate change and why it’s so urgent to human life. He explains it’s such a deep-rooted problem in our world that most people don’t think of it as an actual problem to society. Humans use all the world's water, eating plants and mining its raw material to build and power tools. All of these aggregated together and have caused leaving a lasting imprint on the world. Even many people don’t think it’s an actual real thing. Rather many people would rather care about other things like democracy, gender equality and diversity. And many changes and shifts to nature would cause a great deal of political disagreement. The problem to our community like the rest of the world is that we don’t take climate change seriously. I feel like many people in our community are very careless about nature and don’t really see it as an actual problem. Around my area, I see a lot of littering everywhere. Especially plastic that is terrible for the environment. Along with different pieces of trash built up everywhere. We also don’t really make a “change” to our community by making better environmental choices like the rest of the world. I recently went to Mexico, and we went to the market. There are no plastic bags to be seen. Sometimes you’ll see brown bags or reusable bags but nothing harmful to the environment whatsoever. There also is no trash at all on the streets like papers and plastic. Rather there’s a lot to be around us especially

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Team L.A.M. Squad
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About the Problem

Problem Category

Other

Problem Context

The problem is not just locally but around the world. But it targets much of the community due to the big emphasis on agriculture. Our community is known for agriculture and what it produces for the rest of the state and country. With the high pollution caused by global warming then this will disrupt the production of fresh fruit and vegetables. Climate change will start to gradually change our community with time. It will disrupt it and change it for good.

How did you identify this problem?

Climate change is a well-known problem that has increasingly gotten worse over the past century. One very significant cause of climate change is carbon dioxide that is released into the air from burning fossil fuels. An obvious effect of climate change that is noticeable to most is the increase of temperatures as years go on.

Problem Details

Who are those affected by this problem?

Everyone on Earth has been affected in some way by climate change. Not only are the temperatures rising, but the climate also becomes unpredictable. This leads to phenological effects like failed crops that effect communities’ food supplies. Fresh water resources have disappeared within months because of glaciers melting away. Other living species are also affected by the changes in climate, as some species have become extinct and other try to adapt to their quickly changing environments.

How often does this problem occur?

This problem is ongoing. Since we still burn fossil fuels in daily life, the carbon dioxide levels will increase and cause more and more problems. Though we may only notice it when we are especially hot during the summer or when there is a specific food shortage, climate change is continuous and worsening.

How long has the problem been going on?

We have always had some carbon dioxide in the air. Research shows that since around 1958, the record of carbon dioxide has risen from 315 part per million to today’s 407 parts per million.  Since we began using fossil fuels in the past century, carbon dioxide levels have rapidly increased comparing to before humans used fossil fuels. In fact, even if humans stopped using these fuels, the Earth’s temperature would continue to increase. It would take hundreds of years for the Earth to recover from what we have done in such a short time period.

Is the problem disrupting the community? How?

Climate change is specifically disrupting our community. The unpredictable weather changes are not good for our farmers. With less amounts of food, the cost for those foods have gone up. Though our community may not specifically have this problem, many communities lack fresh water because of glaciers melting and some people have had to evacuate their homes because of the rising sea levels (also an effect of climate change).

Is the issue perceived as a problem by the community at large?

Climate change is most definitely considered an issue to not only the community, but the world. Many are trying to find solutions to this problem, but it has been difficult to find better alternatives to fossil fuels. There are solar and wind power and biofuels, but they cost more to use than fossil fuels. So, in order to get full political support for an alternative to fossil fuels we must find a way to make the alternatives cheaper.

Is the problem limited to certain geographic areas?

The effects of climate change can be seen all over the world, but some areas are affected more so than others. For example, Latin America and the Caribbean are having to endure floods, hurricanes, and mudslides due to climate change.

Who are the Stakeholders, those wanting this problem to be fixed?

There are many scientists researching how to solve this problem. On a certain level, I think most people want to find a solution to climate change, but the motivation to actually do something is not there. Research is being done and they have determined that as we advance technology, we might be able to find a solution. Though unfortunately, we do not yet have this technology.

Addressing the Problem

Are you aware of any solutions, approaches, or efforts to tackle this problem?

Climate change occurs daily and is the most severe threat to life on our planet. Human beings play a significant role in either making it better or making it worse. There are many ways to help fight climate change, such as decreasing the use of fossil fuels, protecting the oceans and trees, rethinking transportation, recycling, and more. The more fossil fuels get used, the worse climate change will be in the future. Reducing the number of fossil fuels used will help reduce the amount of pollution in the air. Staying away from fossil fuel use will decrease the pollutants in the environment. The ocean also plays a vital role in absorbing large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. At the same time, trees help to clean the air and produce the oxygen required to survive. Protecting the ocean and trees reduces air pollutants and ensures a cleaner atmosphere. Rethinking transportation can help by reducing pollutants in the air as well. By carpooling, biking, or using environment-friendly vehicles, there will be a reduction in the need for gas, less pollution, and less money spent. Furthermore, recycling significantly reduces solid waste, greenhouse gas emissions, and air pollution. These are all great ways to allow life to continue on Earth.

What are the obstacles you are aware of to address the problem?

There are many obstacles to addressing the problem of climate change, some more difficult than others. One significant problem is that developing countries contribute a large share of the problem. With large populations and an increase in demand, developing countries have a hard time pulling back from polluting because of the demand to survive and the need of their populations. The more people there are, the more things get used up and the more pollution there is. The world's population is growing, and that is something that cannot get stopped. Also, many people either do not believe in climate change or feel the estimates from researchers are so far out. Today's society will not be significantly affected by it, so it is a problem put on the back burner for future generations to deal with. It is out of sight, out of mind. So even though climate change is present in today's world, it is not critical enough for people to put a rush to stop it.

What are the success criteria that could be defined to address this problem?

The success criteria that could define and address climate change are knowledge, monitoring, and adaptation. First, we must be aware of climate change and what makes it worse and what makes it better. This awareness will allow us to monitor the problem and see trends, sometimes before they occur. Being aware of and monitoring climate change will allow us to make the changes needed to shift it for good. We can be better equipped to stop climate change or slow it enough to be manageable by being aware and prepared.