Not much, but I wanted to talk to you about something serious
Oh for sure, could you give me a summary though?
Have you heard about climate change?
Yeah, no problem
so basically climate change refers to the long-term warming of the planet caused by human activities like burning fossil fuels and deforestation. These activities release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere which trap heat and cause the planet's temperature to rise.
That sounds pretty serious. But how do we know it's real and not just a natural cycle?
There are several pieces of evidence that support climate change. One is the rising global temperatures. According to NASA, the global temperature has risen by about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since the late 19th century.
Another piece of evidence is the melting of sea ice and glaciers. We're seeing Arctic sea ice and glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica shrinking at an alarming rate. And finally, sea levels are rising due to the thermal expansion of seawater and the melting of ice.
After you break it down like that it sounds quite scary, what can we do to prevent it?
There are many solutions that are being used or researched to reduce the effects of climate change. One solution that is being implemented globally is transitioning to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydro power
Since these clean energy sources don't emit anything, fewer greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere. Carbon capture and storage is a different option that is being investigated. It is a means to collect carbon dioxide emissions from power stations and store them underground.
That's quite interesting, do you happen to know of any solutions for Ontario or Canada itself?
A solution that is being implemented in Ontario is the use of electric vehicles, the Government of Canada has set a goal for 100% of light-duty cars and trucks to be zero-emission by 2040
Wow, this is a lot to take in. Id consider myself a visual learner, do you have any graphs or images that can help me further understand climate change?
Yes of course! We at the eco club have them up on the board. Come to room 225 anytime and take a look!