As of Thursday January 25th, 2017 The Doomsday Clock has
moved 30 seconds forward to 2 mins to midnight.
The symbolic Doomsday Clock has moved forward in a reflection of how the
scientist view the dangers facing the world.
The risk of global extinction is as high today as it has ever been due
to 2 main threats, nuclear weapons and climate change.
Good morning teachers, judges and fellow students. Today I will be discussing a serious concern
that is affecting us today and will drastically change the way we live in the
future. Over the last century, the planets temperature has risen by
around 1.8 degree Fahrenheit. In fact 14
of the hottest years on record have been in the last 15 years. Our atmosphere is getting hotter, more turbulent, and more
unpredictable because of the “boiling and churning” effect caused by the
heat-trapping greenhouse gases within the upper layers of our atmosphere. With
each increase of carbon, methane, or other greenhouse gas levels in the
atmosphere, our local weather and global climate is further agitated, heated,
Nearly all of the major problems our world faces today worsen
and multiply due to escalating global warming.
The ecological, economic and political problems will only get worse as
the average temperature rises. Some
examples of this that is already occurring is:
Food and resource depletion
Severe droughts, floods, and
Rising sea levels
Water pollution and water table
Ocean fish stock depletions
Growing economic inequity,
poverty, and instability
Political instability and
War and regional conflicts
Increasing potential of pandemics
and other health crises
The United Nations panel on climate change projects that the
global temperatures will rise 3-10 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the
Despite 30 + years of education, study, and discussion about
the possible effects of human-caused carbon and methane pollution of our
atmosphere, global warming temperatures have escalated to levels where the
impact will be irreversible. We as humans of this world must immediately
reverse the continued rise of average global temperature by decreasing
human-caused production of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels.
to resolve global warming for ourselves and future generations is simply not a
As global citizens of every nation
on Earth, I ask you, that we must make immediate changes to our everyday to
sustainably protect, preserve, and advance the continued evolution of humanity
and life on Earth.
answer is simpler than you may think. You don’t have to go miles away from home
to protest, or spend masses of money. If you try to follow the few simple steps
that I give you now, you will have started to help us all.
Firstly, plant a tree. This
could be easier than it sounds. Trees, when fully grown, will help keep the
Something as simple as walking
instead of taking the car will help reduce pollution. The next time you get into your car, or your
motorbike, think – do I have to make this journey by vehicle or can I walk?
When you are at home, and you’re
getting a little cold. Put a sweater on and do not adjust the heating. The
extra heat produced by our homes also affects the planet.
If possible, buy your fruit and
vegetables from your local farmer’s market and try to avoid imported goods. The
more foreign food that we import the more pollution from airplanes and boats it
If possible use solar energy,
after all it is free; all you need to buy is the equipment. You can get much of
your hot water and heating from the sun and even generate electricity.
Reduce, reuse and recycle. Only
buy what you need; don’t stock the cupboards with things you may or may not
use. Reuse whatever you can, like containers and paper, and recycle what you
cannot reuse. It really is as simple as that.
Finally turning off unused
sources of power such as televisions and heaters will help the environment, as
well as save you money.
If everybody stuck to these
rules, we would be doing a great thing by protecting the earth. So please take
into consideration what I have said, and try to do your part. After all, it
will be our next generation that will feel the effects.