One of the biggest threats to humanity today is global warming. As it progresses, the U.S. continues to emit gases that thin our ozone layer. By burning the fossil fuels that provide us with electricity, we slowly rip apart our atmosphere causing our earth to warm.
For years, scientists have been collecting evidence to support the claim that global warming is real. According to NASA, the temperature has risen 1.62℉. This might not seem like a lot, but it has caused the polar ice caps to reduce to a record low in mass, causing many animals to lose their homes. Many countries noticed the sudden rise in temperatures and decided to take action. One of the most well-known treaties is the Paris International Climate Agreement. It prohibits the extensive use of greenhouse gases in several countries. The U.S is part of this agreement along with several other European countries. The goal of this agreement is to lower the earth’s temperature by 2 degrees. But with Donald Trump’s threat to leave the agreement, we jeopardize the opportunity to halt the earth from warming at its current rate.
Donald Trump believes despite all the evidence given, that “climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese to attack U.S. manufacturing.” If the U.S. decides to leave the agreement, the hope to prevent temperatures from rising globally would be nearly impossible. Parker Sproule, XIIIs, thinks that “it is something that should be fixed. Factories should cut down on the amount of gas they use and we should focus on using natural gases.”
In Science at C&C, students study pollution and global warming all throughout the XIs. Each year, it is the XIs job to create an “action plan” for the school. Last year’s XIs eliminated the use of paper cups in the teachers’ lounge. The P.A. (Parents Association) then gave each member of the staff a reusable mug to prevent large amounts of waste from plastic cups. This same rule was applied to the 13th Street cafeteria where, last year, paper plates were used and created a large amount of waste considering there were about 100 children eating in there per day. Along with this, Katrina has gone to Fresh Kills Park, a park that was previously a landfill, and the Kathleen Grimm School (P.S. 62), a zero waste school on Staten Island. Both of these trips have inspired students to educate others on the topic of global warming and pollution by creating an afterschool. Last year, this afterschool was run by Penelope Clark and Eliza Rosenthal, who are now both XIIs. This year it is run by C&C’s science tea
cher, Katrina Raben. She says “The sustainability afterschool program was made to teach students about our environment. It is also just to teach students simple yet important thing like what types of waste go in each bin.” Although it may seem as if the XIs do most of the sustainability work, other groups still have a part in making C&C closer to a zero waste school. For example, the IXs work on the Library Garden and use their harvest for food prep for the country trip. In the VIIsC, there is a compost bin and according to Katrina “each week they do something sustainable.”
The actions that C&C makes regarding climate change and pollution are important, but if the world doesn’t make serious changes on the amounts of gas being emitted, the ozone layer is going to eventually become vacant, completely and utterly destroying the world as we know it.