For starters; yes, I do believe it’s a thing, just because you can’t feel the average temperature increasing a few degrees doesn’t mean it isn’t having a profound effect on the environment as a whole.
On a small scale, like Fawful said, the most we can do as individuals is the small things, like saving energy, reducing waste, etc. The political side of this whole fiasco is what bothers me the most though, or rather the fact that it has a political side at all. I’m not aware of all of the details regarding climate change legislation, but I’m sure everyone’s aware of the Paris Accords, the international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The one the US dropped out of? More on that in a second. It’s good that this issue is starting to be recognized and action taken on a scale this large, because perhaps if we all work together we might be able to reverse the effects we’ve had on the planet. I’m not sure how much it will take in order for this to work, but
I’m being optimistic.
Now for the US. The fact that the US dropped out of the agreement on Trump’s call because it “undermines our economy”? I’m not sure if our president is even aware of the ramifications of climate change, or if he considers it too far in the future for him to care about. Global warming is an issue which has a detrimental effect on everybody, not just the United States; to pull out of this as one of the most developed countries in the world is not only going to set a bad example for other nations, but it’s incredibly selfish that we’re refusing to contribute to something this important when so many others have done their share.
Here in the US, it should be our responsibility to help raise awareness about climate change and try to convince at least somebody in the government that we ought to be doing more as a country. We shouldn’t have people rejecting climate change legislation because our president denies its importance, and they don’t know any better. The existence of global warming is a nonpartisan issue, even if you don’t believe it exists; the only thing we should be debating is how we should handle it. If we can recognize this as an entire country, maybe focusing on things like coal plant emissions and deforestation can once again be our main focus.
Apologies if anything I’ve said needs to be fact checked, I’m going off of what I’m familiar with and I might have gotten some of the details wrong.