Some Hope for Planet Earth
If you’ve been keeping up with current events, you are well aware of the growing concerns surrounding climate change. As Earth’s deadline for change or death nears closer and closer, common people have begun rallying to protect the Earth. Kids and adults alike have followed the footsteps of Greta Thunberg in protesting #Fridaysforfuture (I myself participated in the global climate strike on September 20, 2019 :)), pushing legislators for change. People are more conscious of climate change and are looking more carefully at politicians’ proposed plans to steer Earth away from a very certain death. Our deadline is close and our current president is a climate change denier. Deadly forest fires in California and the Amazon remain alight and there’s an increasing amount of hurricanes that have devastated the Gulf area. But despite all of this, hope is not lost.
Back in 1987, the Montreal Protocol was signed. We can compare this to the Paris Climate Agreement. Countries all over the globe reached an agreement to protect the ozone layer, a fragile layer that was beginning to form holes at a rapid pace. Without the ozone layer, more UV B, a shorter wavelength than UV A that’s more harmful, would reach Earth’s surface and drastically increase skin cancer levels, affect crops and in general, devaste us.
The protocol worked. They’ve amended it a couple of times as more research has yielded Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as a culprit, and it has allowed the ozone hole over Antarctica to start recovering. It’s working so well that the hole is projected to heal to 1980’s levels by the 2060s.
Similar to the Montreal Protocol, the Paris Climate Agreement also deals with protecting the earth for the future, but in this case it’s with decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Although the agreement is far from perfect, amendments can continue to be made to it until it too, like the Montreal Protocol, will halt the procession of climate change–it is possible.
And although recent attempts haven’t been making much progress, the common people have begun putting greater pressure on policymakers to address this issue. Climate Strike movements have gained popularity and media coverage, putting it in the spotlight more frequently.
So while there’s a reason to hold on to hope for our planet and our future. And you can make this more likely to be successful–join a local climate strike or write to your legislators about climate change policies–one person can make a difference.