By Marin Carey
As tropical storms and wildfires wreak devastation across the U.S. many are trying to find justification for the chaos. Hurricane Harvey ripped through Texas causing catastrophic damage. Hurricane Irma followed behind and caused devastation in Florida and Cuba. In the midst of these storms tropical storms have caused trouble in other parts of the world such as the Caribbeans, and on the other side of the country wildfires have been coming up across locations in California and Montana and more.
Humanity can no longer continue to ignore our planet’s cries for help, or downplay the tragedies as a religious event or a coincidence. Weather can vary in intensity season by season and all of these phenomenons can have other causes, but we can’t ignore patterns of consistent growth and worsening in conditions that we are seeing today. Climate change essentially multiplies any pre existing threats of extreme weather events.
“Extreme weather events have become more extreme, and climate change is ‘loading the dice’ toward more extreme floods, heat waves, droughts and hurricanes,” says Michael Mann, a climatologist and director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, in an email to The Verge.
With high officials in our government constantly denying the legitimacy of climate change and humanity’s impact on our environment, it is left to us to take action and push our state representatives to force legislation to put limitations on the release of harmful emissions into our atmosphere.