The Palisadian-Post has partnered with Paul Revere Charter Middle School to highlight a series of pieces from its 2020 Literary Anthology. The following piece, penned by Olivia Weir, originally appeared in the Informative Argumentative Essays section of the anthology, released last spring, and has been reprinted here with permission.
Climate change has become a recurring issue in the U.S., especially in the last 4 years. Much of this has to do with the stance of many Americans on the controversial topic. Is climate change real? And if it is, how do we fix it? We know the answers to both of these questions. Yes it is real, and put a halt on emissions. The real question we all should be thinking about is, why haven’t we done anything?
Climate change is real, science proves it. I believe in climate change because I see it happening every day, when the earth’s temperature hits new highs, when the glaciers start to melt, when oceans heat up. But we still continue to ignore the problem, shove it off, pretend it’s not there.
The world can’t put this off any longer if we want to have a healthy earth for the generations to come. There won’t be any generations to come if there is not a world for them to stand on. Acting now could mean the difference between life and death in the next hundred years. Still, for some people this isn’t enough.
Close to six in ten Americans recognize that humans are the cause of climate change. (theclimatechat.org). If our earth is truly in danger shouldn’t we be talking about it, trying to fix it? Only four in ten Americans talk to their friends and family about what is happening.
We are in the middle of the sixth mass extinction. And so far very little has been done to fix these problems, in fact, we’ve made them worse. Lucky, scientists have run lots of tests on climate change, proving its real. The problem is, will people listen?
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