Contagious Change

by Angelina Miller & Ryan Brong

Imagine a world where the temperature is expected to rise 0.5 to 8.6 degrees fahrenheit over the next 10 decades. Take in the fact that simple human decisions such as wasting food, abusing electricity and drinking from plastic water bottles are some of the main causes of that gradual increase in heat.

That domino effect actually influences the present and future of our world today; it is most popularly known as climate change.

Since the mid to late 1800’s, there has been a layer of carbon dioxide gas in our Earth’s atmosphere. Over the past two centuries, that level has been steadily increasing due to what we know as a greenhouse effect. While the greenhouse effect was once only linked to natural causes, research from the mid-20th century has shown that human activities are the dominant cause of climate changes and the warming of our planet today.

When discussing the topic of climate change, Dr. Emily Basile, an Assistant Professor of Biology at Cabrini University, said, “It’s hard to think of one person changing the way they live and making a difference. But, it can be contagious.”

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