SMS Science Teacher Shares Concerns on Climate Change


Manuela Aguilar

Most students know about climate change but they don’t know how it affects the world. Global warming caused 2018 to be the fourth warmest year since 1880.

“I believe that it is a travesty how the temperature is constantly rising throughout the years,” Jermarcus Webster, a science teacher at SMS, said.

Scientists have been researching global warming since the mid 20th century.

“I think there’s several different factors that cause climate change. I believe that the emissions that we put off from our cars, manufacturers from the factories and trash can all be a cause of climate change,” Webster said.

NASA has found that “global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. Glaciers have shrunk, ice on rivers and lakes is breaking up earlier, plant and animal ranges have shifted and trees are flowering sooner. Effects that scientists had predicted in the past would result from global climate change are now occurring: loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise and longer, more intense heat waves.’’

“I believe that we will eventually become a desert with all the polar ice caps melting and a lot of animals becoming extinct,” Webster said.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, “Taken as a whole, the range of published evidence indicates that the net damage costs of climate change are likely to be significant and to increase over time.’’

“I think ultimately it could be animal extinction. And once that happens: human extinction. I think after a while we will not be able to survive on earth because of the Greenhouse Effect and the carbon emissions that are going to be overtaking the world,” Webster said.

Since not much is being done to lower emissions, the temperature has been going up by an average of 6 °C (10.8 °F), according to the latest estimates by NASA.

“I think people can be conscious about their carbon footprint, try to ride bikes more and be more conscious of the emissions that they put off,” Webster said.

Climate change is a global problem affecting the world, so we need to take a unified approach to this problem. Webster said we can help ease the effects of climate change by doing our part.

“Be more conscious of what we’re doing in our world. Maybe carpool or try not to drive so much, ” Webster said.