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What does every human being have in common? We all live here,
together. But we're making our world sick.
Human activities like burning of fossil fuels
release large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
These gases trap escaping heat
thereby increasing the temperature of the planet and causing enormous changes
to expected weather conditions.
Global climate change is real,
and will affect every aspect of our human life.
Record highs will get higher the temperature will become
unpredictable. But specifically,
what does it mean for us and our health?
3.4 out of 6.8 billion humans on the planet
lived in urban environments. That's 50% of the population.
Recent studies published in the US National Climate Assessment
outlined the effects continued global climate change will have on the public
health of city dwellers in the Southwest United States.
Urban areas will be hit the hardest. Skyscrapers and dark concrete
cause large cities like Los Angeles & Dubai to act as heat sinks,
which magnify the effects of heat trapping greenhouse gases. In extreme hot
or cold weather,
Energy consumption is going to increase. We'll start blasting our heaters
and air conditioners on high. If everyone is using energy,
urban cities will be prone to blackouts.
Hospitals will have to work on reserve power. But how long
can that last?
our water supply
is at an all time low.
In places like California we're already in a drought. Clean water is going to be
hard to come by. But it's not too late.
We can start over.
What can WE do
to prevent it?
Reduce carbon output. Walk, don't drive.
Turn off the lights when you leave the room.
And take shorter showers.
But more importantly, be(e) aware.
Visit climate.gov to learn more.
Thank you! We hope you enjoyed the video :)
Special thanks to the Honors College, Dr. Narguizian, and CSULA for allowing us to educate ourselves on Global Climate Change. Now, it's your turn. :)