ANIMALS

Opinion: Global warming isn’t child’s play

Destiny Thompson
dmthomp1@go.olemiss.edu
Oxford Stories

The prospect that global warming is a hoax has always been mindboggling to me. Something so widely supported by science and the world conditions we are going through never crossed my mind as being “fake news.”

Global warming, according to Merriam-Webster, is “an increase in the earth’s atmospheric and oceanic temperatures widely predicted to occur due to an increase in the greenhouse effect resulting especially from pollution.”

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March for Science sign on April 22. Photo by Destiny Thompson.

One argument surrounding the hoax theory is that our climate changed even before human interaction. Ask a meteorologist or scientist, however, and you will be told that climate reacts to what forces it to change at the time. What is forcing our drastic climate change now is human life.

Another famed argument is when it is 30°F, and global warming could not possibly be real because people are cold. The issue here is that a single, or several, chill days in your town has nothing to do with the increasing global temperatures.

Take for example Oxford. On Oct. 15, the high was 82°F. One day later, the 16, it was 66°F, a 16° shift. Because of climate change’s impact, the temperatures in this college town have students bringing out their winter clothes on Sunday and wearing shorts and tank tops on Monday.

On top of rapid temperature changes, global warming is causing sea levels to rise, air pollution to get worse, and our wildlife to die off and become extinct at quicker rates.

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Chalkboard sign at the March for Science. Photo by Destiny Thompson.

Another argument against climate change is that one of the primary gases causing global warming, carbon dioxide, is released naturally by plants, not just human beings. The fact is that nature has a cycle where it is added and removed to keep a balance. People, however, add carbon dioxide through deforestation and burning fossil fuels without ever removing any.

A human favorite is criticizing a job they do not have, such as saying “Scientists cannot even predict weather!” The problem with this criticism is that weather and climate are two separate things. Climate is based on trends and facts over a period of time, whereas weather is daily temperatures and circumstances.

There are many arguments why climate change is a hoax and even more arguments why it is happening. I am not the only one noticing the long-term effects humans are creating due to our carelessness.

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Giant cow and protestors in the parade at the March for Science. Photo by Destiny Thompson.

One timeless children’s book turned movie, “The Lorax,” discusses the issue of uncaring manufacturers and how the addiction of money and fame can and will negatively cut into the world we live in.

Despite being a children’s story, it conveys a serious and cautionary message about saving trees, animals, and the world we live in as a whole.

“The Lorax” is a tale about how the world was beautiful and full of life before one inventor discovered an invention using trees. Due to supply and demand, the main character and inventor, The Once-ler, chopped all the trees down, causing mass pollution, animal extinction, and a deserted land.

The story provides insight for all that our world is at risk and will suffer if people are not more cautious when using what they believe is rightfully theirs. The Earth is full of natural resources that human life thrives upon. However, the belief that we have rights to every tree and every animal is preposterous.

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Protestors at the March for Science. Photo by Destiny Thompson.

It is not only children’s shows speaking out for our Earth. Many widely-known celebrities have spoken out about climate change and global warming, such as Stevie Wonder.

Wonder, a blind American musician and singer, talked about it during a hurricane relief telethon. “We’ve come together today to love on the people that have been devastated by the hurricanes,” he said. “…. As we should begin to love and value our planet, and anyone who believes there is no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent. Lord, save us all.”

Wonder was no doubt referring to the president of the United States, Donald Trump. During his campaign trail in 2016, Trump is credited many times with calling global warming a “Chinese hoax.”

It is no secret that our nation’s leader not only disbelieves the prospect of global warming, but scoffs at it. In 2015, Trump Tweeted a joke about global warming, proving his ignorance by saying, “It is really cold outside,” he said. “They are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!”

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2018 senior Morgan Atkins with a March for Science poster in front of the Washington Monument. Photo by Destiny Thompson.

Speaking out and in favor of global warming, a “March for Science” was held April 22, 2017 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. There was a parade complete with signs, speakers, and a common voice. “Save our planet before it is too late.”

The Earth Day 2017 March for Science made history. In light of our president’s recent inauguration, many joined hands to show him that we care about our planet, we believe, and we want to make a difference. Speakers and participants from around the nation spent a hot Saturday protesting the belief that global warming is not real.

Global warming and climate change are not just hoaxes. They have real effects. If it is not handled now, the world as we know it could become as desolate as The Once-ler’s Thneedville.

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