Meán Scoil Mhuire, Longford

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Exemplary Work

A Speech on Climate Change.

Written by a student of Meánscoil Mhuire.

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Principal, Vice Principal, students and teachers, you are gathered here today because I feel the need to discuss the topic of global warming and climate change with you all. I say that I have to do this, because it seems that no matter how much it’s taught about in school this doesn’t seem to really do it for people, and I hope that what I’m about to say will help you all understand why this is a topic that must be treated seriously.

As displayed by the graph [below] it is clear to see that the ones who emit the most emissions are us, humans! In 2019 the Earth’s surface temperature was 0.95 degrees warmer than the 20th century average. Some people still believe that global warming or climate change isn’t real because “the earth goes through different cycles like the ice age, so this is just one of them”, but that’s not the case. The image above shows historical carbon dioxide emissions from global fossil fuels and industrial processes.

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Here is the increase in global greenhouse gas abundance in 2018 relative to 1750* by gas.

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We are causing this. We are the ones burning the fossil fuels and producing these emissions. This isn’t a debate, it is fact! I’m not here to shout at everyone though, I simply would like to show you all what you can do to make things better. How to limit your fossil fuel emissions and what to do to how to help the Earth! First off, the most or one of the most obvious ones to me is to drive less and walk or cycle instead. There are people who live far away from work/ school, and they probably think that they’re the exceptions to this rule, but what’s the extra exercise going to do to you? People had it way worse back in the day and just dealt with it, but now it’s an issue? If you’re absolutely not a morning person, then take a public transport service like the bus or go carpooling, however the last option wouldn’t be advisable in the current COVID crisis!

Next step is to plant more trees or plants. It might seem like a pain to take care of but in the end it’s really not as bad as it may seem, and I’m not suggesting that you plant one hundred trees in your garden right now. If you want to plant that many trees then go ahead, but spread them out. The third step is what most people are already doing, and that would be to reduce, reuse and recycle. It’s such an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint, and some people might be thinking that all a bit of recycling will solve is less trash on the planet, but landfills produce a lot of methane emissions. So much because landfills are a big part of human emissions. You can trash your room all you want, but keep our planet clean. The last step for now is to buy products with less packaging. This will help reduce the amount of rubbish that you throw away each week. It might not seem like much but it will help reduce the sizes of landfills, and once those products with less packaging will be higher in demand, other businesses might copy that idea and thus the planet will be much cleaner.

That’s all for now, my speech was short because I feel I have lectured you all enough today but please feel my passion, feel my emotion and listen to my concerns! I don’t know what else to tell you, please spread the information and don’t just ignore it. Even if you do one or two of these things it’ll be a great help! Do your part and contribute to saving the Earth. Thank you for listening to me today.

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