Rose and Jack wouldn’t have had a tragic love story had the Titanic been afloat today. If you’re looking for pros of global warming, this is probably the only one that makes the list. The cons, however, are endless. By Quoyina Ghosh

Ours is a generation that is truly plagued. We have had to withstand far too many hurricanes, forest fires, floods, droughts, complete extinctions and it all stems from one root – global warming. Of all the ravages our planet has had to face, for the first time in history, has something so deadly had an effect on it.

Think about it. Our actions cause glaciers to melt. Large glaciers which once stretched for up to 38 kilometres are now gone because of us. Yes, us. Our actions are directly responsible.

Each year, the accomplishments of global warming surpass themselves and sure enough, the July of this year was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth! The heat spared none. Even the lands of Alaska were affected.

In fact, this year saw Alaska facing a heatwave. One that bereft all its seas of ice. For the first time in the history of mankind, Alaskan sea ice has completely melted and we have only ourselves to blame for that. No ice was spotted within 150 miles of the Alaskan shoreline.

The effects of this is multifarious. Animals lose their habitation, sea levels rise, water temperatures rise, the immediate tampering of a delicate chain occurs, food sources lessen, harmful bacteria that had earlier been trapped in the ice will now be released, frequent hurricanes occur, massive flooding occur, forest fires rage for months, lives get affected to a truly deadly extent. Not just your life. The lives of every being on this blue planet in the middle of a vast universe where one day, miraculously enough, life simply began. How dare we take this lightly?

Scientific research had come to the conclusion that it wouldn’t be until the year 2070, that ice would begin to melt at such an unprecedented rate. But, come the August of 2019, 12.5 billion tons of ice was lost in one single day. ONE DAY!

A funeral was recently held for a glacier named Okjökull that was lost to the ravages of climate change this year. A plaque there reads: “A letter to the future. Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as a glacier. In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.”

We must do it. We must.

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