Climate Change

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McFarland Alyese
Professor Joellen Hiltbrand
English 221-0850
September 11, 2015
Essay one: Climate Change
Climate change is a sensitive topic here in the United States. People are very stubborn when it comes to their own ideas and beliefs on a topic. Some people believe climate change doesn’t exist, some believe it isn’t that bad, and others blame clime change on the government. Even though people have their own ideas on climate issues, change is happening and we need to do something about it to help ourselves, and our future generations. Climate change has risen from the greenhouse effect, and it is a worldwide problem. There are many ways to help with the climate change, and there are things everyone can do to help. There needs to be major changes implemented in terms of dealing with the climate change. We need a proactive leader to get the public educated on climate change, we need adaptive and preventative measures set up for climate change, all major parties in our government to work together to come to a conclusion on climate change policies, and we need to reform the United Nations to help the world deal with the climate change. The first step in dealing with the climate change is having a proactive leader who will use strategic leadership skills to enlist change among the nation, and the world. We need a person who can help encourage the people to change. Mike Zajko states in the article, The Shifting Politics of Climate Science, “the public stands to benefit from a more accurate understanding of science as both a process and body of knowledge.” People need help in terms of opening their minds to other ideas, and they need help making changes to their lives. If we have a proactive leader in office, he/she can press the government to build checks and balances into climate policy. A strategic leader can also voice their opinion to the people about…...

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