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Destroying climate doubts (REAL)

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Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperature and weather patterns. Human activity, such as burning fossil fuels, is the main driver of climate change. Greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane contribute to global warming. Climate change can lead to rising sea levels, extreme weather, and changes in food production. The Arctic, South America, Australia, and Asian rivers are already experiencing the effects of climate change. To change the minds of climate doubters, we should listen to their concerns, use scientific evidence, establish common goals, and lead with respect and empathy. Good afternoon everyone. Today's topic is climate change. What is climate change? Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperature and weather patterns. Such shifts can be natural due to changes in the sun's activity or significant volcanic eruptions. However, since the 1800s, human activity has been the main driver of climate change, primarily due to burning fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas. Burning fossil fuels generates greenhouse gas emissions like a blanket wrapped around the earth, trapping the sun's heat and raising temperatures. The leading greenhouse gases causing climate change include carbon dioxide and methane. These come from using gasoline for driving a car or coal from heating of a building. Clearing land and cutting down forests can also lead to carbon dioxide. Agriculture, oil, and gas operations are significant sources of methane emissions. Energy, industry, transport, buildings, agriculture, and land use are among the leading sectors causing greenhouse gases. But just how much methane is released into the air each year? Well, roughly 570 million tons of methane. But do we believe it? People doubt climate change for various reasons, including political biases or lack of scientific understanding. Some people may also question why they should take action on something that seems so far away in time and space from their own lives. Additionally, some deny the existence of climate change altogether due to religious beliefs or economic interests. However, the scientific consensus is clear that climate change is real and caused by humans burning fossil fuels for energy, deforestation, agriculture, and other activities. Numerous studies have investigated the science of climate change to prove its reality with overwhelming evidence from independent researchers worldwide showing similar results, all of which suggest humans cause global warming beyond any reasonable doubt. It is vital to address climate change because it has the potential to alter how humans and other species live on Earth drastically. The effects of climate change could include rising sea levels, increased extreme weather events, such as floods and droughts, and changes in food production due to shifting climates. These changes have already begun to be seen worldwide. Well, what areas of the world are currently under the effects of climate change? Number one, Arctic Circle. Climate change impacts the Arctic region by melting sea ice, thawing permafrost, and increasing extreme weather events. Number two, South America. Rising temperatures have increased droughts across many parts of this continent, threatening food security for millions living there. Number three, Australia. Drought-induced bushfires worsened by record-hot summer days characterize much of Australia's recent experience with catastrophic wildfires, mainly driven by global warming trends caused by human activity worldwide. And its impact on other temperature climates like New Zealand, as well as tropical countries near the equator, such as Papua New Guinea, are likely to continue or intensify if efforts towards reducing emissions don't accelerate soon. Number four, Asian rivers. Asia's Himalayan glaciers are receding rapidly because of global warming, further adding threats from floods that can devastate lowland every monsoon season when precipitation melts off mountain snow caps quickly instead of running slowly down slopes at lower elevations over time throughout extended dry periods. The Mediterranean region experiences heat waves, severe floods, crop failure, and mosquitoes with different types of diseases that cause the population to be pressured and migrate, housing due to the shortages, growing pollution levels, and coastlines affected by stronger winds and accompanying waters that killed marine life, depleting fish stock, and dwindling bird migration. So, how could we begin to change the minds of climate doubters? Number one, listen to climate doubters. Listening is essential to being heard yourself. It can help build trust between people with differing views. Number two, use science-based evidence. Explain scientific findings related to how climate change affected specific areas, such as sea level rises, droughts, or extreme weather events, in a way that connects with everyday life experiences and feelings. Use stories from communities affected by changes already underway due to global warming so listeners feel more connected to what they're hearing about this complex phenomenon. Number three, establish common goals together, like air quality improvement or keeping electric bills affordable, both of which are made possible through the deployment of renewable energy technologies. Demonstrate potential for collaboration rather than conflict when it comes to positive solution addressing for both economic prosperity and carbon emission reductions, a.k.a. win-win solutions. Finally, number four, leading with respect slash empathy. Invite a dialogue that celebrates different perspectives even when there's a disagreement present. Acknowledging respectfully those points or opinions, you don't have to agree to keep urging further engagement.

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