By Sami Donovan

Is climate change still a myth? It wasn’t until the 1990’s when climate change really became an issue, but lately it’s only been getting worse. Scientists believe that Oregon, along with many other states and countries across the world, are only going to get worse and have larger problems with every issue now being 10 times worse.

Oregon has been having a large climate change, as of 2015 Oregon was officially in a drought as well as California, along with many other states in the U.S. that are having a smaller amount of droughts. Oregon 2014-2015 winter was the second warmest recorded and not expected at all, which sadly had an upsetting effect on skiers and snowboarders who weren’t able to enjoy the snow as much as they could’ve due to it being so warm and the snowpack was low.

On average cold days won’t be as cold, and hot days are going to be hotter. From it being so warm, it intensifies the water cycle, the heat highers ocean evaporation, stronger winds and more precipitation when storms hit like the night of May 31, 2015. A thunder and lightning storm that lasted longer than expected. Another climate change in Oregon would be the rising water levels, which for the coast ecosystems and communities are at risk.

In 10-50 years, these issues are only going to get worse. Sea levels are going to continue rising, the temperature will just get hotter and hotter. There is most likely going to be less precipitation and rainfall, continuing and worsening droughts throughout the world.

Of course, there are things you can do to try and slow down climate change from happening by walking or riding your bike instead of driving a car everyday, and doing so will release less gas into the air. Solutions might not stop climate change completely, but if everyone just tries to come together and do everything in their power to try and try to save our planet.

Things you can do to help:

  • Walk, ride a bike, rollerskate
  • Be energy efficient- like unplugging items when not being used, changing lightbulbs and making sure all lights are off when you’re not there, use cold or warm water instead of hot, etc, etc.
  • Choose renewable power
  • Eat wisely- buy and eat organic and locally grown foods, grow your own food.