Climate Change Revolution

Negative human impact on the environment increases furiously by the day. We see and experience examples of higher seas, stronger storms, strengthened floods, and devastating droughts. Our global footprint is affecting the diversity of wildlife and their habitats through the dumping of hazardous materials and carelessly throwing away recyclable objects amongst other, unexamined human practices. Places like the Great Barrier Reef in Australia that used to be teaming with innumerable species of aquatic life exist as a shadow of its original splendor. To reverse the effects of climate change, one first step would be to implement regional recycling projects. These projects would include enabling cities across the globe to accept all forms of recyclable objects, allowing everyone access to recycling facilities, and relying on more wind, solar, and water energy sources to power said recycling facilities, while supporting other energy needs. Moreover, significantly decreasing our use of non-recyclable products such as closed-cell extruded polystyrene foam (XPS) and replacing those products with biodegradable materials instead will further aid this climate change revolution. My research will examine the ways in which a comprehensive, regional recycling program can help stop the effects of climate change.