This post and corresponding booklist were created by students at Nathan Hale High School as part of a teen service learning project.
Over the past nine months I have had the pleasure of volunteering with the non-profit organization Taming Bigfoot Seattle. Taming Bigfoot Seattle is a 1Sustainable Planet volunteer project, inspired and guided by retired NASA climate scientist Bob Bindschadler, that aims to engage the community in accelerating Seattle’s progress towards the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Back in September of 2017, I knew that climate change was real, but I didn’t realize how extreme it was. If you didn’t know, global warming is the Earth’s rising surface temperature, while climate change is the result or the side effects of global warming. Global warming happens when carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases collect in the atmosphere and trap heat from sunlight and solar radiation causing the planet to get hotter. This is also known as the greenhouse effect. I knew that humans contribute quite a lot towards global warming, but I had no idea that it was this bad. On average, the US produces about 2 billion tons of CO2 each year by burning fossil fuels to make electricity and about 1.7 billion tons of CO2 due to transportation. I don’t think many people realize how much this affects the human population. Between 2002 and 2016, Antarctica lost about 125 billion metric tons of ice per year, causing the global sea level to increase by .35 millimeters each year, and as a result, by 2100 it is estimated that all oceans will be one-to-four feet higher, endangering entire island nations and cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Sydney, and Rio de Janeiro.
Interested in learning more about the impacts of climate change? A list of books and streaming videos can be found here, and below:
- The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Your Carbon Footprint
- How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
- Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life
- Green Your Work: Boost Your Bottom Line While Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
- Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen: the New Green Basics Way
- Power Surge
- TEDTalks Debate: Does the World Need Nuclear Energy?