Universities Should Care More About Climate Change
We are all familiar with the terms, climate change and global warming. The movement is strongly encouraged by the millennial generation. As a millennial myself I have seen many positive changes but have also seen things that can be made better. Science and technology show that climate change is real and quickly getting worse. It is not just affecting the temperature of the world but the atmosphere and drastic weather changes as well.
More About Climate Change
Climate change is noticable all around the world. This was most notably recognized right when the pandemic hit the world. There wee photos circulating of major cities that had prior been covered with a permanent smog from an aerial view that were now perfectly clear. Just that truly shows how our carbon emissions pollute the atmosphere. The use of plastic bags is one of the most damaging items that negatively affect our environment. When burned it releases toxic chemicals into the atmosphere. Our weather has been worse. We have record breaking hurricanes, tornadoes, rainfall, wind, etc., every year because of humans’ effect on the environment.
A Student’s Perspective
As a student at a 4-year mid-size University in the United States I’ve have noticed a lot of issues that the school has not solved. There are metal utensils in the dining halls but also plastic utensils that are not biodegradable and not disposed of properly. Our school has hundreds of majors and minors offered but very few majors and minors offered in the sustainability of or planet. Campuses should take more environmental action by encouraging students to recycle and live sustainably. Biodegradable bags should be offered instead of plastic or paper ones.
Universities That Have Taken Action
School across the world are doing their part in the fight against climate change. The University of Tasmania in Australia for example has committed to improving the efficiency of their energy. By ding this is reduces their carbon emissions. In the United States the University of Buffalo has launched a new Climate Action Plan which will reduce their carbon emissions and energy use 30% by 2030. They just recently came out with the plan in April of this year. This is a huge step in the right direction. Schools all over the globe have been implementing plans like this for years, so let’s hope this trend sticks and other schools start to hop on board.
Corona Virus has taken a huge toll on the environment recently. There is an increase in the use of plastic in public places to help slow the spread of the virus. This could have serious long-term effects on the environment if this does not end soon. We have come a long way, so I would hate to see all our hard work over the past few years go to waste. Let us try and use biodegradable plastic products if we need to continue this longer, and hope that our colleges and universities start taking charge and leading a movement.
By Natalie Coil