On Oct. 8, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change saying humanity has until 2030 to prevent a disastrous level of global warming. If we continue on the same path, by 2030 the Earth will have warmed by 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Despite this terrifying conclusion, there are still people who believe climate change does not exist. Even Donald Trump has . According to a , the United States ranks second carbon dioxide emissions— both total and per capita —in the world. How are we supposed to save ourselves if the president of the country responsible for won’t even to this chilling report?
There do as individuals to help curb climate change. We can drive less and carpool more, buy less clothing or buy sustainable clothing, or replace refrigerators and air conditioners with energy-saving models.
These changes made at an individual level, while important, do not come close to comparing to the changes that could be made if corporations decided to become more sustainable. Worldwide, just 100 companies are responsible of all emissions according to The Carbon Majors Report in 2017.
Companies are not people, and companies do not care about the environment. They exist solely to create money, and the best way for them to do so is by exploiting people and the environment. A company is not going to one day decide to become more environmentally friendly. It needs to be pushed by the government to do so.
Government regulations are the only way to stop these companies from destroying us. The problem is, the president began the moment he was sworn into office. While he did to fight climate change earlier this year, the plan will do nothing at best and will . The plan actually promotes the use of so-called “clean coal” which is .
Even worse, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, though he believes in climate change, has a of voting against environmental regulations. The highest court in the land is now on the side of doing nothing about climate change.
The United States is going backward when it comes to environmental protections in a time when we most crucially need to be going forward. If the government does not impose environmental regulations, and soon, then the damage that has been done to the environment will be irreversible. The U.S. needs to do its part in saving the planet not just for future generations, but for us.
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