Climate change not only affects Americans but is a threat to the entire human race. Being an important global leader, the United States has an obligation to respond to climate change and make efforts to mitigate greenhouse gases for the future of all humans.

Today in American politics, Republicans and Democrats are at odds regarding environmental policy. Many people, including President Trump, argue that the causes of climate change are too inconclusive, and climate change does not exist because of cold conditions in some parts of the world.

But, according to the 2016 scientific consensus published by 31 scientific societies, greenhouse gases emitted by human activities are the primary contributor to climate change, and the abnormal weather patterns in the United States are a direct result of climate change, as well. Additionally, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, the United States ranks second next to China in the amount of carbon dioxide emitted per year. The United States government needs to take responsibility for its greenhouse gas emissions.

With a unified Republican government, it is likely that attention regarding environmental policy will focus on economic benefits. However, backed up by extensive research, climate science experts and certain current government leaders argue that climate change poses a serious risk to all humans and must be addressed.

Climate change is now a permanent effect of human activity on the earth, so it is no small issue that can remain unsolved. United States leaders need to connect with other nations to create a globally agreed upon plan, start putting a tax on carbon emissions in the United States and adapt to the earth’s now permanent condition.

SARAH MARSHALL

Janesville Parker

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