Spotlight: Climate Crisis is here and it’s Dangerous

Mauro Flores, Spotlight Columnist

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The future we so prolonged is here. The effects of climate change are happening much faster than any of us expected.

Over the weekend, CNN published a story where scientists went on an expedition and discovered around 850 salmon dead. They believe the number could be up to 10 times more. After the scientists examined the salmon and determined they were in perfect conditions, they concluded heat stress was the cause of the mass death.

Snow melts more quickly, lakes that once froze don’t do so as often, and weeds and insects that ordinarily would die in the cold don’t, according to The Post report.

Higher temperatures, rising oceans, and ever more dangerous storms are here.

God only knows the reason for this, but it does bring up questions such as whether this could be the end of the world?

Heat has been present where cities don’t normally see it and cities that normally see cold have been experiencing heat.

People don’t seem to be conflicted by this. I understand that there are more pressing issues like immigration, but it’s our future we’re talking about. That should matter, too.

We need to get moving. Instead, the nation seems more divided and in conflict than it has been in decades thanks to our beloved president who has only brought chaos and conflict.

In 2015, former President Barack Obama’s national security team issued a report saying, “Climate change is an urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources like food and water.”

On our current path, with warming of more than 3 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, the world faces nearly certain and widespread freshwater shortages, permanent vegetation loss, uncontrollable wildfires, permafrost thawing, and declines in crop yields to the point that famine and instability could be pervasive especially in some parts of the tropics. At levels of warming barely above the present day, those effects may still be felt, but at vastly reduced odds, said Rolling Stone.

This sparks fear for many. Nonetheless, it makes us wonder about the future we want for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.