The Scene:

Neighborhoods underwater, homes destroyed. Thousands of people displaced with only the possessions they can carry on their back. It seems like each year these images become more and more common as natural disasters like hurricanes continue to wreak havoc in coastal areas. Science says that ‘super hurricanes,’ extremely hot summers, and flooding after massive rain events is a consequence of global climate change. Despite the fact that we are facing a frightening future, attitudes on global warming remain irresolute. 

The Takes:

The CU Independent

Conner Kingsley

    “There will likely be more extreme weather events, less land than before and higher average global temperatures. But that does not mean all seven continents are going underwater or that earthquakes will render the surface of the earth unlivable.”

    “The impact of climate change means that we are going to have to adapt to an ever-changing earth. People will have to move from the coasts, millions will experience malnourishment and people will die… Not to trivialize the possible implications of climate change, but extinction does not seem to be the likely scenario. Realistically, we are looking at events that could cut our populations, but the human race will likely thrive.”

    “While something grave is truly upon us, I believe humans are more adaptive than we tend to think. In the midst of this massive “sixth extinction,” I think it would be wise to be extremely realistic about the situation we are in. We may have lost certain species of animals, certain crops or land to build our homes on, but we could come out of this relatively unscathed if we come together and adapt.”

Marquette Wire

Reilly Harrington

    “The hurricanes that struck the American South and the territory of Puerto Rico were not the acts of a vengeful god, nor were they the normal storms that strike this area of the globe each year. The frequency and raw power of storms of this caliber are frightening and can only be explained by global warming.”

    “It should be terrifying to live in a world where the highest authorities in the nation deny science. The horrific disregard for environmental protections by this government, our withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord in particular, will undoubtedly be regarded as major setbacks in the fight to preserve our planet.”

    “The time for debate is over. Denying climate change isn’t a political issue, it’s out-and-out ignorance. To say the geological anomalies of the past few years, such as Superstorm Sandy, are normal occurrences is part of the problem.”

    “Global warming isn’t an American issue, and although our president chooses to live in ignorance and mock the concept, the effects of climate change are very real and very dangerous. Climate change is a global concern and it will take the cooperation of both the most powerful among us and everyday citizens.”

The Bottom Line:

Whether we react to climate change with fear, action, or indifference, it isn’t going anywhere. How we feel about science pales in comparison to the consequences of destroying the environment. Maybe the human race will not go extinct due to the global temperature rising, but life will certainly look different. Wouldn’t it be easier to fend off such extreme changes by doing what we can right now to minimize the harm done to the only planet capable of sustaining life? It seems easier to compost and buy a reusable water bottle than to design a human colony on Mars…

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