For the last fifty years, the average global temperatures have been drastically increasing at
an unsurprisingly fast rate. This pattern has raised questions whether global warming can be
reserved or slowed down. As Climate Change is the result of human activity, a change or reversal
of the phenomenon cannot be achieved without changing the way humans interact with the
environment. Collective and individual efforts are required to curve the damage of Climate Change
– which, at this stage in human development, represents the biggest threat to human survival. While
there has been a lot of focus on collective efforts, be it at the hands of the state or different
industries, not as much focus has been given on the possible ways in which individual people could
aid in the reduction of the damage. Many alternatives are presented and popularized in the media,
but their impact, accessibility and efficiency are not rigorously monitored. Likewise, the
information that individuals need to possess to accurately assess the dangers and damages that
Climate Change poses are not always available. As a result, this paper seeks to gather the insights
of different individuals, across geographical regions, regarding the amount of knowledge that they
possess about Climate Change’s causes, effects and mitigation strategies.
Global warming takes place when greenhouse gases, carbon (IV) oxide, and different air pollutants
accumulate in the surrounding air, absorbing the sunlight that bounces off the earth's surface. This
causes the planet to be hotter than usual, leading to what is known as the greenhouse effect. Global
warming is of a great concern to the entire globe, as it causes an abnormal change in weather
patterns. Powerful hurricanes, heavier rainfall, and frequent droughts, higher frequency of
wildfires and the melting of the ice caps are all possible ways in which global warming manifests.
As the phenomenon advances, the worse conditions can get. According to scientists, the worst
water scarcity has been reported in California, as a result of the current drought, which is expected
to last 1,200 years due to the greenhouse effect (Dai, 2010). They also claim that the possibilities
of the same droughts occurring in years to have doubled over the previous century. It is at the
moment possible to predict specific events of weather, like the heat waves that have begun to affect
Northern Europe, to climate change, according to National Academies of Science, Medicine, and
Engineering. As of now, one could accurately state that the different processes already in motion
have already led to severe glacier melting, droughts and early snowmelt causing water shortages
and an increase the risk of wildfires in the western parts of America (Şen, 2018).The number of
hurricanes has been observed since the early 1980s, in the Northern Atlantic, has increased;
perhaps more frighteningly, the number of storms that reach category four or five – the highest
that can be achieved when it comes to tropical cyclones – have also increased. When it comes to
the poles and their glaciers, there is it is estimated that at least 143 billion metric tons of ice are
lost each year, since 2001. This heightened loss is bound to lead to an increase in the volume of
the oceans, leading to a global rise in the sea level within the next century or so. These ominous
rates are bound to increase, if the current patterns of production and consumption are kept. For
individuals, this means that their livelihood is bound to be threatened by the changing
meteorological conditions. Extinction of animal and plant and rise in sea levels leading to floods
on the East Seaboard in the Gulf of Mexico.
The process involved in the finding of the answer for the research question includes the
use of problem-solving research. This consists of the gathering different scientific data sets about
the effects of global warming and their impact on the lives of individuals. Likewise, data about the
impact of individual mitigating efforts are also sought. The information that can be provided by
the different subjects – who come from different geographical backgrounds – will be compared
and contrast to that of other individuals, from a different geographical background. To collect this
information, a survey was crafted that contained open and close- ended questions. This survey
would allow a glimpse into the commonplace understanding of the phenomenon, in order to create
educational strategies that could help with the mitigating efforts to Climate Change. The
information provided by the subjects would also be compared and contrasted to the scientific
literature in existence, to measure how scientifically accurate their perceptions are. The trouble
involved in the research of this study was the collection of bias information, a majority of subjects
under study might not be familiar with their environment thus giving wrong information. However,
once an analysis is completed, strategies can be developed to provide education to the masses, so
that every individual is capable of understanding how the process is happening and how they can
help. For instance, the implementation of the renewable harvesting of energy can improve the
chances of reducing the toll of Climate Change, as fossil fuels would no longer be necessary for
the production of energy. An exploratory survey like this could provide the data needed to begin
an awareness campaign on this matter.
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