Scientists fight big banks

This Starts Now. Protestors hold up signs to call for more action against climate change. Many protests have been held across the nation, yet barely any get any attention.  I feel a sense of surreality... that surreal aspect has a lot to do with the irreversibility of earth’s breakdown.... we’re losing this. And it’s irreversible. I don’t think the public grasps that irreversibility, said Kalmus.

This Starts Now. Protestors hold up signs to call for more action against climate change. Many protests have been held across the nation, yet barely any get any attention. ” I feel a sense of surreality… that surreal aspect has a lot to do with the irreversibility of earth’s breakdown…. we’re losing this. And it’s irreversible. I don’t think the public grasps that irreversibility,” said Kalmus.

Amy Lu, Staff Reporter

A few weeks ago, scientists chained themselves to the JP Morgan Chase & Co. Bank glass door in protest of the company’s extensive contribution towards fossil fuels compared to any other bank. Dr. Peter Kalmus, a scientist who studies biological systems and climate change at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, called for immediate action for climate change and the disinvestment of fossil fuels.

“We’ve been trying to warn you guys for so many decades that we’re heading towards a catastrophe, and we’ve been being ignored. The scientists of the world are being ignored, and it’s got to stop. We’re not joking. We’re not lying. We’re not exaggerating,” said Kalmus.

After the news of the protests traveled around the world, scientists began protesting companies and government policies that have worsened the effects of climate change. Scientists in Madrid threw red paint on the steps of the parliament building, while people in London threw fake oil on Shell’s UK headquarters. Those protesting in Berlin glued themselves to a block in the road. And individuals in Sydney blocked traffic in the rain.

Because of global warming, the last seven years have been the hottest on record due to rises in global temperature. Within two decades, temperatures are expected to rise 1.5 degrees Celsius. According to the IPCC, we only have until 2030 to halt the worst of climate change. The rising temperatures cause detrimental effects on ecosystems across the spectrum. And changes need to be addressed immediately.

Sea levels have increased by over eight inches since the late 19th century, three of those eight inches have been gained in the past 30 years. Scientists expect the levels to by a foot in 2050 as the data suggests the rise of sea levels has been increasing at an alarming rate.

Without any restrictions, the devastating effects of climate change and global warming will become a terrible reality for our future generations. New legislation needs to be passed to limit the amount of fossil used by corporations and increase initiative for establishing reusable energy resources across the globe. Action can be done, and it needs to be done for the sake of humanity.