Climate Change: The Defining Challenge of Our Time

In my opinion, one of the most important issues facing our world today is climate change. Growing up, I had little knowledge of climate change and was apathetic towards the issue until one day in seventh grade, when my mom took me to a presentation about how humans are causing climate change and the challenges that it poses towards the world. Immediately after listening to the presentation, I was shocked at how much climate change threatens both the present day and the future of our world.

Unfortunately, the response to climate change has been somewhat lacking in the past couple of decades and is just at the beginning stages of making progress. One of the most challenging aspects of climate change is that while developed countries are the main contributors towards climate change, developing countries will be the first to feel the negative effects of climate change. As such, creating policies which promote the divestment of fossil fuels lies mainly on the hands of developed countries. Clearly, climate change is an issue that must be addressed in the future; the stakes, like the seas, have never been higher.

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