Global Warming is No Joke


Global warming continues to be a serious problem affecting our planet at an alarming rate.

Some of the most powerful world leaders like Mr. Donald Trump, President of the United States, don’t believe in climate change, and don’t believe there is any problem at all.

Yes, you read that correctly, the man elected to be President of the most powerful country in the world doesn’t believe in global warming or scientific consensus.

By default of being President, no matter the amount of ridiculous claims made by Mr. Trump, he will always have a certain level of influence over many American citizens and members of our global society. Whether his intelligence merits that influence is up for debate, however with his position of power it is undeniably present.

I mean, the man appointed Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, someone who has questioned if we can measure “with precision” the role of our actions on the climate. Pruitt has even hinted that humans are not the primary cause of global warming.

Many of you I’m sure, like myself, know what global warming is, but don’t quite have a full grasp of the concept. I know I’m familiar with the term and have heard it 100 times, however what is it actually? How long has it been happening, and more importantly why is it happening?

According to National Geographic, global warming is a gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere generally attributed to the greenhouse effect caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and other pollutants.

Global warming affects more than just our atmosphere and our oceans. It has a direct impact on our natural disasters including more frequent and severe weather. It also has an influence on higher death rates, changes in air quality and more likeliness for illness. Climate change also has a massive affect on our wildlife and greatly affects our extinction rates, not to mention the higher sea levels and more acidic oceans.

The other side of the global warming discussion is the issue of accountability and proof. Doubters of climate change have historically always been skeptical because of lack of physical evidence.

Apparently in our society the declarations and research completed by Earth and climate scientists only carries so much weight, and is quite simply not convincing enough.

The problem with the facts and research presented is that it is not conclusive enough. A lot of the patterns detected and information gathered is not complete because we haven’t reached the “end” point yet. We cannot say anything is definitive for sure because we are living through this epidemic and we are directly affecting these problems each and every day.

If I could give a word of advice to doubters and those skeptical of this issue I would urge them to act now before it’s too late, for their children and their grandchildren’s sake, not for us. It’s too late for us.


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Sina Samali is a senior at New England College pursuing a degree in Communications and a minor in Psychology. He was the Captain of the New England College Men's Soccer Team. He will be writing about International affairs and News going on in the U.S. and Abroad.
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