Climate change (or global warming), is the process of our planet heating up.
Over the last century, the Earth has warmed by an average of 1°C, and although that might not sound like much, it means big things for people and wildlife around the globe, including Preston.
Unfortunately, rising temperatures don’t just mean that we’ll get nicer weather, like good old Donald thinks, having pulled out of several climate change agreements during his stay in the Presidential Palace that is the White House. The changing climate will actually make our weather more extreme and unpredictable, leading to increased threats of storms and droughts.
Of course, most children already know these facts, but I need to highlight two of the scarier possible consequences of our lack of care for our planet.
Number one, is that many of the wildlife that we use in our medicines could end up becoming extinct. That means we could be lacking the drugs needed to treat diseases like diabetes and some cancer fighting drugs may be unavailable due to the extinction of certain species. What’s even worse is the possibility that through our carelessness, the animals and plants that we are yet to discover could become extinct before we even find them, killing off possible cures and medicines for other diseases.
Number two is the slightly more worrying one. We all know about the dangers of the ice caps melting, that polar bears will become extinct and that the sea levels will rise. However, there is a bigger, looming threat. The bacteria and viruses trapped in the ice could be released when the ice melts. These viruses and bacteria have been trapped for thousands of years, meaning that illnesses that humans have not encountered for hundreds of years could be let loose upon a society that has no immunity against these deadly threats. It could also see the return of previously thought extinct illnesses like the Black Death.
So, if you ever needed a reason to start recycling or turning your lights off, hopefully one of these two may make you think twice before you follow Trump’s foolish example.