Climate Change demonstrates foreseeable future through Camp Fire

The National Climate Assessment released their yearly report in November and emphasized the damaging effects of climate change and where our nation is headed if change doesn’t happen soon.

President Trump was quick to dismiss the finding in the report saying that he doesn’t “believe it.”

California has had the deadliest wildfire season this year with 88 fatalities as of Monday and 25 still missing from the Camp Fire in Butte County.

“Last week was a great example of the effects of climate change,” said Biology Professor Eli Carlisle.

What do these fires mean for California and the rest of the world?

One of the findings of the NCA was that “people who are already vulnerable, including lower-income and other marginalized communities, have lower capacity to prepare for and cope with extreme weather and climate-related events and are expected to experience greater impacts.”

The Camp Fire has destroyed approximately 14,000 homes and 153,000 acres and officials expected it would take months to extinguish the fire but the heavy rains over the holiday weekend helped to get the fire 100 percent contained on Nov. 25, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s office.

While changes need to happen on a national and global level, Carlisle said there is still plenty you can do in your day-to-day life to help combat climate change.

“It’s all in how you live, there is plenty of ways for you to be active,” said Carlisle.

Carlisle said that driving more fuel efficient cars, eating local food and less meat, and using your air conditioning system less, are all ways people can help the planet.

“I truly believe we are ruining our world,” said 24-year-old biology major Kiana Mooney. “I try my best to only use reusable water bottles, and to always recycle so I don’t waste.”

Carlisle urges students to become politically active also.

“The way climate change is portrayed is wrong and incorrect,” said Carlisle

Naseer Adel, 21, cell engineering major, said politicians who make climate change a political topic are ignorant.

“Based on the data collected by scientists and just in general looking at the climate change around me, I believe climate change is real,” said Adel.

Adel added he only has hybrid cars now, in hopes to burn less fuel.

Fighting climate change may be hard, but it is the most important thing in our lifetime, said Carlisle.

“It’s all about finding ways to decrease our impact and looking at the bigger picture,” Carlisle said.