We can slow global warming

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Global warming is happening right now. I’m not a scientist, I’m a 14-year-old girl. I know, I know. Who wants to listen to a 14-year-old? Teenagers don’t know anything. But the truth is, right now teens are more educated than ever. Maybe we don’t all know calculus, or speak French fluently, but we are being educated on the importance of global warming.

Everyone should be aware that when fossil fuels are burned (coal, oil and gas) they emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. That gas heats the atmosphere. Our neighboring planet, Venus, is very hot due to extreme amounts of carbon dioxide. It’s the same thing as wearing a coat. The coat doesn’t make you warm, it traps body heat so that you stay warm.

We are putting a coat on the Earth, only we can’t take it off to cool down.

Global warming melts the polar ice caps. When that happens, the water from the melting gets dumped into the ocean, which changes the delicate balance of ocean currents, which then causes weather changes and possibly another ice age.

There are things all of us can do, though, such as recycling; turning off unnecessary lights to save energy; use less hot water (it takes energy to heat it); and buy cars that use less gas.

Jessica Dillman, Bowdoin

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