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Why The Next President Should Care About Global Warming

The destruction us as humans are poses to our environment can no longer be ignored, and ridiculed in politics. Global Warming is a serious issue and it's time to take action.

Dear President,

What is your plan to somehow reverse the effects that humans have already placed on our fragile ecosystems? How will you address the issues methane emissions poses to us, and all animals who walk earth. The sun's rays continuously heat these gases we release into our atmosphere as a sign of carelessness, making temperatures incline at an all time high. Each day, it seems the news reports a new natural disaster, and we start to become unfazed by all of the destruction. The oceans continue to become more acidic, leaving limited hope for marine live to thrive in the oceans in future generations. This is because the acidity of the water breaks the shells of crustaceans, weakening the food chain as a whole. Mother nature is crying, and we continue to ignore her frustrations shown through the Earth’s current state. If we don’t act quickly to fight global warming, the future of humans is in serious question.

Just in the past 100 years, the temperature of the earth has risen from about .4 to .8 degrees Celsius (livescience 1). This is the most rapid increase in temperature we have ever seen, and that should be alarming. Not only that, but scientists from the international panel on climate predicted, “Average global temperatures could increase between 1.4 and 5.8 degrees Celsius by the year 2100” (livescience 1). However, I am highly concerned these statistics will be neglected because of how much Global Warming has turned to be a question centered around politics. It has been estimated that only 15% of conservative Republicans believe climate scientists to be trustworthy, even though they have been doing years of research coming to the same consensus that global warming is a major issue. Even more shocking, only 15% of conservative Republicans believe in climate change all together. How do you in intend to inform your audience of the United States that Global Warming is a relevant issue that can’t be swept under the rug, simply because some view the earth is fine without actual scientific research showing this to be true.

In the Unites States of America, “burning fossil fuels to make electricity is the largest source of heat-trapping pollution, producing about two-billion tons of carbon dioxide every year.” (Global Warming 101). If America does not soon switch to other ways of providing energy, we are in serious danger of extinction. The air is becoming full of pollutants, and the production of fossil fuels is nowhere near cheap, in fact 338 million dollars were spent in 2014 solely on fossil fuels. This is not where our money should be going, especially considering the state of our earth, and debt we are in already as a country.

Not only is Carbon Dioxide emissions a serious threat to our atmosphere, but so is that of Methane. Methane emissions (or gas released from livestock) is exceeding what is should be do to the growing demand for the meat and dairy industry. Not only this, but as they meat and dairy industry rapidly expands, our forests are being destroyed. The public remains unaware of Methane’s contribution the the warming or our Earth, and this should not be the case. This is because unlike solving the issue of Carbon Dioxide emissions, that of methane is fairly simple; just cut down the amount of meat and dairy you eat! By reducing how much you are consuming in these industries, there is a lower demand for livestock, eventually reducing the amount of Methane in the atmosphere (Cowspiracy).

There are several issuing plaguing the United States that I believe also need to be addressed such as that of gender equality, gun control, police brutality, and the list goes on. However, I would like to see you address the issue of Global Warming more than that of previous presidents because this is an issue that encompasses us all; in fact, it encompasses our very future. We need to collectively rescue our earth as species continue to go extinct, water levels rise and the earth turns acidic, natural disasters become far too frequent, and or earth continuously suffers from these emissions making the air toxic.