“Today is such a hot day. It must be climate change acting here!”
“I am melting as fast as the arctic ice. Climate change, here we go.”
“Why is it so cold today? I guess climate change is nothing but just a theory.”
Phrases like that are common in our life and we hear them almost daily.
But those statements do not represent reality. Climate change does not mean the momentary change of weather. Instead, it deals with the change of the global climate over a long period of time. For instance, an exceptional rise in the average global temperature is given if the temperature rises more than 0.4 degrees Celsius per century.
In the last century, the overall temperature has increased 0.74 degrees Celsius, as the IPCC “Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report” states. Not only the rising temperature reflects global warming. Several factors indicate climate change: rising sea levels, decreasing glacier and snow coverage and a lot more. But what is the main factor which causes the rapid changes in our climate? What is the different in the last century than it was in the millenniums before? It is us. Humans and their pollution of the air.
So just to clarify, the cause for climate change is not the climate itself. We all are the cause, we all influence the way climate changes and so directly influence our future. We will not notice today, but the next generations will have to deal with the earth we leave them behind.
I am Joelle Winnemöller, a 20-year-old science communication & bionics student in second semester. I was born, I live and study in Germany where I finished school before doing a voluntary gap year, half of it in the army and half working abroad in England.
I love science and for me, it has a great value for and impact on our lives, so I want to share my passion for science with everybody and help everyone to see the beauty of science.
A voice from the Triangulation through Science Communication project.