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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. In the last few years, Greta Thunberg’s prominence exploded. Kids and adults alike have followed in her footsteps to protest #Fridaysforfuture and push legislators for change. In voting, people increasingly value candidates’ propositions regarding climate change. However, things seem to be taking a turn for the worse, with California’s worst wildfire season to date and an increasing amount of hurricanes devastating 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 of our atmosphere that was beginning to form holes at a rapid pace. Without the ozone layer, more UV B, a  shorter wavelength and thus more harmful than UV A, would reach Earth’s surface. This would drastically increase skin cancer levels, affect crops, and in general, devastate us. 

The protocol worked. It has been amended a couple of times as more research has yielded Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as a culprit to creating rips in the ozone. This legislation 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 by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Although the agreement is far from perfect if it undergoes amendments like the Montreal Protocol, it too can significantly halt climate change.

Although recent attempts haven’t been making much progress, especially since much of our attention is focused on the pandemic, it’s important that we don’t forget about our environment. As we near closer and closer to the election, you can play a role in deciding whether or not we repeat the success of the Montreal Protocol with the Paris Climate Agreement or if we will venture into an uncharted future of environmental damage. You can show politicians what you care about; you can make a difference. 

Register to vote now: https://vote.gov

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