When 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg made her incredible speech to the U.N. Climate Summit on Sept. 23, she sparked a climate change movement. People all around the world have posted her speech on social media, hoping to spread awareness for her cause. But many have worked to discount the urgency and validity of her message.
Much of the world turns a blind eye to the environment and takes no precautions to “go green.” Meanwhile, summer temperatures are off the charts, heavy smog covers cities like New Delhi and L.A., and polar bears are dying due to melting ice caps. The question no longer lies in whether or not humans induce climate change, but rather, is it too late to stop the enormous climate change crisis looming ahead?
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, humans are increasing the “greenhouse effect” by expelling large quantities of carbon dioxide into the air from the burning of fossil fuels and oils. The careless way that we pollute our earth has dire consequences. Climate change is the world’s man-made terminator. Global warming is already changing the temperatures of our oceans and causing the ice caps to melt. Precipitation levels are changing—making areas of the earth much wetter or dryer than they previously were. Farmers will also struggle to produce the food needed by the world’s masses.
Governments and organizations all over the world are responsible for promoting awareness of climate change, but many do not rise to action. Without activists such as Greta Thunberg, changes may not be made at all. It is our duty as citizens of the earth to make the world a pleasant place to live.
Many Christians believe that because the Lord is coming again, it is not important to take care of our earth. However, as said in Genesis 2:15, “The Lord God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it” (CEV).