OSSINING, N.Y. -- Students at Ossining High School say it is important to be proactive in preventing further climate change.
Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, scientists reported on Monday, March 31, and they warned that the problem was likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control.
The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations group that periodically summarizes climate science, concluded that ice caps are melting, sea ice in the Arctic is collapsing, water supplies are coming under stress, heat waves and heavy rains are intensifying, coral reefs are dying, and fish and many other creatures are migrating toward the poles or in some cases going extinct.
Here are some comments from the students:
"It is a valid concern," Daniel Scanteiann said. "Part of the planet is getting warmer and another part is getting cooler. We need to take accountability for it. Even if it wasn't real, what's bad about not polluting so much?"
Sean D'attore said people need to explore more efficient uses of energy. "We need to be less harmful to the environment," D'attore said.
Ben Eiderm said people need to take better care of the environment. "It's like living in a fishtank," Eiderm said. "You need to clean out the water every once in a while."
Despite the concerns of climate change, not everyone sees it as a bad thing.
"After this winter, I'm just happy to have warmer weather," Tom Criscione said.