Understanding Climate Change
Our global climate is changing. Temperatures and sea levels are rising, weather patterns are shifting, and extreme climate events are increasing in force and frequency. These observed changes can be linked to the climbing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, which are amplified by human activities. As humans continue to burn fossil fuels for energy and transportation for our increasing population, the amount of harmful emissions rises too.
Impacts on Society
The effects of climate change can already be seen across multiple sectors of our lives. Weather patterns such as increased droughts and severe flooding are prevalent in the Pacific Northwest, as well as across the globe. Drastic events can impact the economy and well-being of our communities, as well as the physical landscape.
What can you do?
Being an educated citizen makes all the difference. Knowing what actions stimulate climate change and what actions reduce climate change is key. It isn’t always easy to reduce your impact, but every action can make a difference.
Within Thurston County many resources are available to the public to make it easier to reduce your impact and to help you become educated. Energy, disposal of waste, transportation, food, and consumerism all are areas that you can reduce your negative impact, and even save money!
Climate Corner offers 5 showcase Climate Change articles each week, stay tuned for next week’s articles!
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