HCC READS: CLIMATE BLOGPOST
Steven H, WOSS
Every year we seem to be hit with ever more bleak milestones. From hottest year on record, to lowest volume of ice in the arctic, to the most hectares of forest burnt - the effects of human-caused climate change is having a dramatic impact on our planet and taking a toll on both our environment and infrastructure. For the last couple of decdes we've hade numerous summets like the Kyoto Protocol, the Copenhagen Accord, and the Paris Climate Accord all aimed at reducing our global emmisons. These summits encourage every participating country to curb their emmisions through a variety of methods like mobilizing monetary funds for developing countries to pursue a low-carbon growth path, creating incentives to pursure the further developement of green energies in developed countries, ripping out fossil fuel plants, and other methods. The thing is, none of these summits have worked. This is because every time we've set an emmisions reductions target, it has never been even close to being met; We've kept polluting at the same rate as before or even more - while small island nations are swallowed by rising tides and developing nations engulfed by famine. As a society, we must do a lot more to develop the necessary infrastucture to support climate action and provide developing nations with the rescources needed for a clean transition to industrialization.
Reasons to Take Local Action
It's a real shame of how indigenous groups always only used the rescources they needed and never wasted them, thus resulting with close to no environmental impact, however, we've contribued so much greenhouse emmisions without batting an eye, and affecting the lives of people on the other side of the globe. We need to put more pressure on both ourselves and our governments for those who are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change as we might not notice such destructive consequenses in a rich country like Canada but people in poor, rural countries will experience the brunt of our actions if we don't take action as soon as possible.
I've personally contributed to help the environment by volunteering to help Oakville plant more trees in my scouts group, biking to places I needed to go to in Oakville, and carpooling with friends to go to tutor classes and badminton practice. You've also may have noticed that this blogpost that will be posted in the HCC website I've been writing is to help spread the world about climate change and to inspire people like me in this community to take action on climate change because every person's actions counts on this important crossroad.
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Steven H - A grade 9 student attending WOSS VSS writing about inportant topics facing our world in the modern age.