It has always been said that Indiana’s weather is very back and forth. It can be sunny and warm one day and snowing the next. Weather all around the world is becoming a threat to many people and animals. Whether you believe it is a result of global warming or not, the weather is significantly changing.
In 2017, an iceberg approximately the size of Delaware broke off of Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf. A rise in global temperatures has sped up the rate of ice loss. An iceberg twice the size of New York City is said to soon break off of the ice cap.
This iceberg, which spans a tremendous 660 square miles, would be the largest iceberg to break off since monitoring began in 1915. This could have tremendous effects on Antarctica. Researchers have said that this iceberg could be big enough to break apart the ice cap. Because of the impending breakage, researchers are now unable to work in safe conditions.
The Southeastern United States has been hit with dangerous weather as well. On March 3rd, 2019 there was a major tornado outbreak. Within six hours, 39 tornadoes ravaged Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. Of those states, Alabama was hit the hardest.
The strongest tornado hit rural communities from Beauregard, Alabama to Talbotton, Georgia. It was an EF4 tornado that caused significant damage to the communities and caused a death toll that was twice the United States 2018 tornado death toll. 23 people died, and 97 were left injured, making it the deadliest tornado since 2013.
This dangerous weather requires action. Senator Ed Markey, a democrat from Massachusetts, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a democrat from New York, introduced a possible aid for the climate change issue on February 7th, called the Green New Deal.
It strives to address two crises, a climate crisis and an economic crisis of growing inequality between economic classes in the United States. It has three core principles: decarbonization (within 10 years), new jobs (uplifting the poor and middle class, which would involve a federal job guarantee with at least $15 an hour pay), and investments for equal protection of all people.
Ocasio-Cortez believes that the people who disregard climate change are those who are least impacted by it.
“Low-income communities, communities of color, indigenous communities, [and] the front-line communities most affected by climate change, pollution, and other environmental harm,” said Ocasio-Cortez in the document.
Many say for this deal to be successful it must be specific enough to avoid it being seen as a general term for environmental change but must be broad enough that a broad group of people can see themselves and their interests in it.
While we can all agree that there are steps that can be taken to reduce our environmental impact, making a significant change requires legislation.