Climate Change Chat...

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Climate Change Chat...

Climate Change Chat...

So uh I was wondering if anyone wanted to talk about climate change? It's been worrying me a lot lately. There's lots of things we can do, though. 

Yesterday I found out that there's this huge thing of garbage in the Pacific Ocean! It's like, twice the size of Texas. Think of all that plastic that could've been reused to make new things! I think we should try to recycle plastic bags to make those reusable ones, or use plastic water bottles to make reuseable ones. That way, we're getting rid of something that hurts the earth, but making something that we can still use. 

submitted by Periwinkle, age Pi, Somewhere in the stars
(January 22, 2022 - 8:18 am)

YES. Actually, for science recently, I made a slideshow about climate change (it was amazing, if I do say so myself...). AND, for my Bat Mitzvah mitzvah project, I'm going to be writing/illustrating a children's book on climate change.... It's gonna be HARD. But hopefully worth it. Anyways, back to the subject of Climate change (how many times have I said climate change already?)... I know! Trash bigger than TEXAS! Wowwwwwwwwww.... And apparently, in Indonesia, the captial is Jakarta. But, they have already passed a law that they are moving it because it is sinking. The reason for it is sinking? Yep, you guessed it: climate change. Urghhhh. Oh, and in my presentation I said (and looked it up to make sure) that climate change is most likely to be the cause of human demise. Humans are causing climate change, which will/is causing the demise of humans. Oof, this is getting LONG. Sorry about that. But seriously, this is something that is in dire need of reversing. Ooh! Idea! Maybe we could all make, like, some posters or something to hang up around the neighborhoods to get people more aware.... But that would be in such a small area... But maybe it could do something? Because if some people see it, then they might spread more awareness, and so on... In any case, we should do something. Climate change begone!!!!! 

submitted by Rainbow!, age 12!!!, Planet that's slowly dyin
(January 22, 2022 - 11:24 am)

It's pretty cool that you're making a book about climate change! It's definitely important to get people aware from an early age. Do you plan to publish it?




Yeah, all of us in the climate change chat could try to do something to spread awareness if we could... Or at least do something like, I dunno, use reusable water bottles/recycle the plastic ones. It could be like a Climate Change Club! 

submitted by PeriTOP!, age Pi, Somewhere in the stars
(January 22, 2022 - 12:10 pm)
submitted by Top!!, age TOP, Toplandia
(January 22, 2022 - 11:25 am)

(I'm kind of changing this to an all-around conservation thing, sorry) 

I'm organizing a letter writing protest about palm oil. And palm oil is a huge contributor to climate change. And that's only one thing. The treatment of workers is hideous, and there's so much environmental destruction, and indigenous people get pushed out of their homes so that more palm oil can be grown. It's horrible. But it's a very efficient crop, so it's more important to make it sustainable; if we boycott it, then it will only force the issues of palm oil onto a less-efficient crop. As well, tons of people rely on it to survive. They don't get paid anywhere near enough, but nonetheless. It's complicated. In any case, I've made a flyer and have it in a few places. But I'm definitely going to find more. I also have some other plans, but they're not incredibly far in the process at the moment.

In any case, I totally feel you on worrying about this. To make it worse, I've met people who don't think it's a problem because they had predictions about when climate change would be unstoppable that didn't come true. Why not? Because people took action, not because climate change isn't an issue. 

@Anyone and everyone, if you make a difference - from simply bringing reusable water bottles, straws, and utensils to writing a book as @Rainbow! did to buying sustainable chocolate (which is harder than it sounds because it's so expensive, but I digress) to gardening with native plants - maybe we can change the tide. Every something helps.

submitted by Blackfooted Bobcat
(January 25, 2022 - 1:04 pm)

YES! I agree we should all DO SOMETHING!!!!

There must be about twenty CBers, so if we all got together and decided to do as much as we could to stop global warming, and tried to get everyone we know to do that too, it would definitely help.

Here are some things I thought of that we can all do:

1. Walk places as much as you can , or carpool (that means sharing a car with somebody else)

2. Try to persuade your parents to put solar panels on the roof. (this might be a difficult one, haha)

3. Don't use too much electricity (only turn on the air conditioning when it's really necessary, for instance)

We can do this! Go, CBers! Let's defeat climate change! *starts jumping up and down in wild excitement*

submitted by Poinsettia, age A nice age, Narnia
(September 7, 2022 - 4:48 pm)
submitted by Topper, age ?, ?
(September 9, 2022 - 6:54 pm)

Lots of farms in the U.S. are just HORRIBLE for lots of reasons. 

And it's not just the fact that they smell infinitely worse than the portable toilet at Garden of The gods. These farms are inhumane and should be illegal without any kind of permit. This kind of farm generates greenhouse gases that clog the atmosphere and help cause global warming!!
My family and I NEVER buy any products that come from these inhumane pits of misery. No one should! 
At this point I want to start a protest... 
submitted by TOPvine
(September 10, 2022 - 8:58 am)

What my family and I are working on right now is cutting down on the amount of beef we eat. (I would love to ban it from the household entirely, but my mom loves her fillets :/ ) Cows are TERRIBLE for the environment with all their methane emissions, and they're really not sustainable. I forget exactly why, but eating chicken is SO MUCH BETTER- it's something to do with the amount of food you put in them to the amount of food you get out of it? Something like that. Anyway long story short it's really bad how much beef Americans eat. It's just not good at all. 

submitted by Phoenix Tears, age 13 she/her, Revolutionary Grape Jelly
(September 10, 2022 - 9:34 pm)

Phoenix Tears, I think that eating beef isn't bad, it's where the beef comes from that makes it bad or okay. 

As I said in my last comment, eating beef that comes from farms that cram hundreds of cows into a small area are horrible, not just the act of eating beef.
If a few cows (ten or something) are given a large space to eat real, living grass, it won't affect climate change. Hundreds of cows stuck with dry straw and nowhere to move is what's making an impact on the planet.
You and your family could get organic beef instead. (It tastes better and is healthier for you, too!)
submitted by Darkvine
(September 11, 2022 - 6:58 am)

It's true that eating organic, pasture-raised beef isn't bad for climate change (luckily, because I don't know how I could do without it). What would help the planet a lot more, although no one seems to think about it, is not having a dog for a pet. I know, everyone who reads this is probably going to shriek at my heresy :) But seriously, think of the enormous amount of meat that dogs eat. And I don't believe it's easy to get organic pasture-raised locally farmed dog food. Most of it comes from the horrible farms Darkvine described.

Of course, you should not go and get rid of your dog if you already have one, but if you're thinking of getting one and you're concerned about the planet, it might be best to consider an alternative option. I would recommend guinea pigs; as pets they're wonderful!

submitted by Poinsettia, age mid teens, Cair Paravel
(September 15, 2022 - 4:04 pm)