Earth’s Final Warning From a NASA Scientist

By Kaylany Minaya, AGE 10

Photo: Markus Spiske, Pexels

Did you know that a NASA scientist called Dr. Kalmus chained himself and other scientists to a building due to the severity of climate change? 

Peter Kalmus became involved in climate activism because the financing of fossil fuels posed a significant challenge to addressing climate change. In protest, he chained himself and other scientists to a JPMorgan Chase building in Los Angeles, leading to his arrest. Dr. Kalmus emphasizes that he wants the public to recognize the climate crisis as an emergency primarily caused by burning fossil fuels. 

Burning fossil fuels is detrimental to the environment because it increases atmospheric temperatures and leads to a limited supply of resources on Earth. Instead of relying on fossil fuels, there are alternative natural resources available, such as water power or wind power. Some cars are even powered by electricity rather than gas.

 Dr. Kalmus said, “Every day that we continue to expand the fossil fuel industry and add more greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere is going to lock in additional levels of heating in the future.” This is why, as individuals and problem solvers, we need to start utilizing natural resources. In addition, NASA released a statement supporting Dr. Kalmus’s concerns, asserting that global temperatures will keep rising. If average global temperatures reach 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, people around the world will experience multiple impacts of climate change. 

Dr. Kalmus protested so that people can understand the importance of climate change and why we need to stop burning fuels. We need to take action to solve this problem, because it can and will get worse each day. We can use renewable energy, refrain from using gasses and avoid burning fuels. Every day, we should contemplate what is happening in the world and how it can impact our lives and the environment.

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