CLIMATE CHANGE

CLIMATE+CHANGE

Katherine Timm '25, staff writer

Almost everyone today has heard of climate change, yet some people approach the issue with a “not my problem” attitude. The fact is, climate change is everyone’s problem, and everyone should take steps to protect the Earth. We all share our planet, so we all need to learn how to change our habits for the good of everyone.

Climate change is linked to other problems, as well. With changing weather patterns, more severe natural disasters are occurring more frequently. Disasters like droughts and floods lead to crop destruction, which are linked to world hunger. Increases in diseases are caused by climate change, as mosquitos and ticks are able to survive in new climates, spreading infections.

High school students have the ability to make small changes to their routines in a way that is environmentally friendly. These ideas are just a starting point. Try to find other small things that you can do to reduce your waste.

  • Start a carpool group: If you live near classmates or teammates, try to arrange your schedules so you can ride together to school or practice. This is one of the best ways to reduce the amount of carbon you put into the atmosphere.
  • Buy reusable straws: Reusable straws are starting to become more common as people learn about the negative impact of plastic straws. You can get a pack of straws at Target for about three dollars, and they are easy to clean and store.
  • Try to have a Meatless Monday: When cows and other animals are raised for food, they breathe out high amounts of carbon dioxide. To reduce the effects of this, you should try to eat less meat. Start small, with one day a week.
  • Buy secondhand clothing: It takes almost two thousand gallons of water to make one pair of jeans. Try to get creative with where you buy your clothes. You can go to a thrift store or participate in a clothing exchange with your friends.
  • Eat locally-grown food: When food is transported over long distances, the transport methods release carbon into the atmosphere. As summer gets closer, towns may sponsor farmers’ markets, which feature foods that were grown locally.
  • Start a petition about environmental issues: If there is an environmental issue that you feel strongly about, get some friends together and craft a petition to gather awareness and create change in the laws. Websites like Change.org can help you get started.

Learn more about climate change: You cannot fight climate change if you do not inform yourself. Some sources of information include the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). If you choose to do more research on your own, look for sites run by credible organizations and n