Climate change is different than weather change. Thousands of years of documentation can help to predict weather changes. This is how we track seasons, tides, sunrises and sunsets.

Climate change refers to changes going on all over the world: stronger storms, melting ice caps, more animals winding up on the endangered species list. The changes are symptoms of a much larger issue—fossil fuel pollution that is raising ocean temperatures and trapping greenhouse gases.

Weather patterns around the globe are influenced by the oceans, which make up 70% of the earth’s surface. Increases of a single degree can severely affect the delicate balance our planet for life to flourish, or even survive.

Renewable energy is one way we can reduce pollution, but there are more opportunities out there.

For instance, I think we could reimagine mass transit for the entire country. Our current interstate system was implemented during the Eisenhower administration. While streamlining transportation of individuals was one of the main goals, it has also helped in interstate regulation and improved the national standard of traffic safety.

Could we leverage the interstate model to build a fast, reliable mass transit option? Where I live, we do not have a train that goes to our two closest cities; we do not have a statewide transit system. Coupling advances in transportation technology with infrastructure spending could help provide more of the country the ability to travel further and faster than ever before—without the expense to our environment.

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Renewable energy is one way we can reduce pollution, but there are more opportunities out there.