Climate Change Crisis

Climate Change Crisis

Jayleen C., Staff Writer

       Climate change is real and it’s happening right now. An unexpected side effect of the pandemic is the earth slowly healing itself. For instance, the water flowing through the canals of Venice are clear for the first time in forever. The fish are visible and the swans have returned. Due to many lockdowns around the world, there are fewer cars using fossil fuels and fewer planes polluting the air. While we are panicking about the Coronavirus, little do we know that mother nature is slowly healing itself. However, this obviously does not mean we should stop taking care of our earth. 

      The most common factory air pollutants are greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels and blowing chemical vapors and smoke out through vents. These factories contribute to water and land pollution by acidifying rain, chemical spills, and disposal of toxic waste. They also burn waste in open dumps and incinerators. Exhaust from generators, diesel trucks, and buses also fill the air with dangerous gases that can harm people and other living animals. 

      Unfortunately, we now are introduced to a new problem; disposable masks being improperly discarded. Disposable masks have been found on beaches, in the oceans, and also tangled around the legs or sea creatures and seagulls. How can you help these innocent animals? Always be sure to cut the straps off of your disposable masks before properly disposing of them. Also, be sure to cut the plastic rings around soda bottle packs. Rings on the bottle can also be cut to prevent them from getting stuck around animals’ mouths and legs. Remember, use your common sense, be mindful about the wildlife, and together we can combat climate change for the better.