The Difference Between Climate, Weather, and Why It’s Important

President Donald Trump tweeted this morning seemingly mocking “global warming”. In his tweet, he said that the east side of the country, who are expecting record cold temperatures due to an impending arctic freeze, needs a bit of global warming. Whether this is a simple troll tactic by the president, or actual ignorance to the issue of climate change it’s still dangerous language considering his base will pretty much buy into anything he says.

“In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!” – Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

So, in a last ditch effort, the American public need to know the difference between climate and weather, so as to be educated about the issue. In the simplest of terms, Weather is this arctic freeze that’s about to bring these record low temperatures to most of the United States, and climate is the overall heating of the planet, and at the end of this year, the planet will reach a new record high.

In more extensive terms, a NASA article in 2005 describes the difference of weather and climate has to do with time. Weather is what happens in the atmosphere in short periods of time, while climate is over long periods of time. Weather can be from a few hours to days, while climate is more of a year to year basis. The term climate change is the change of average daily weather patterns over a long period of time.

So, when the president tweets something mocking “global warming” it’s concerning, because there’s idea that climate change means cold weather can’t exist and that basically we’re supposed to be in a constant state of heating, which is false. Also, climate change could actually mean more drastic winters with intense blizzards and freezing temperatures, it does not mean our winters will become warm and hot, but more extreme. This also means summers will rise in heat over the years, making intense heat waves more common and hurricanes more powerful. Springs will likely become hotter, and fall become colder, but it’s tough to tell and I’m not an environmental scientist.

According to NASA, however, the change in climate will mean higher global temperatures regardless.

So, what about the term global warming versus climate change. Aren’t they the same? Actually no. Climate change was a term first used by Republican strategist Frank Luntz, according to Slate. Climate change is a much more scientific term than global warming, although the globe is heating up, the weather still brings some harsh winters in parts of the planet, leaving critics of global warming to question its validity. However, it’s tough to argue against climate change as it’s not necessarily saying temperatures will just get hotter and hotter, but rather the entire planet’s climate is indeed changing, and not for the better.

This year, physicist Stephen Hawking, said that the Earth is on track to have an atmosphere like Venus if nothing is changed in regards to climate change. If humans keep the course we are on now, our planet will be a giant melting lava pit, and while looking at Venus, it’s because of the greenhouse gases that the planet has become so hot. Instead of pursuing renewable energy such as wind, water, or solar, we’re pumping greenhouse gases into our atmosphere by way of coal and other fossil fuels. Even nuclear energy is cleaner than these energy sources if the waste is handled correctly.

So, what can we do? Well, nothing, but the governments around the world can do something, but it might be too late. With Trump pulling out of the Paris Climate Accords, the only country now in the world to do so, it sends a message that America isn’t concerned about climate. Our only hope, is that countries such as France can lead the world into saving our planet.

Should we be scared? Yes and no, as the true affects of climate change start to reel their ugly heads through the three disastrous hurricanes over the past few months show, the planet is already affected. However, our planet will not start to die for Millennials or the generations currently in power. No, it’ll be the children of Millennials and the grandchildren that will suffer the consequences. For some reason, most people in power aren’t concerned, because they have no reason too. Trump and all people currently in government will be dead by the time the planet becomes basically hostile. Millennials will die off just as the planet begins to die and the younger generations will likely die to the elements of a hostile climate.

In a sense, the movie Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan, gives us a peek into this future. Crops will die, and people will starve and suffocate due to the dust from all of the dead plant life. Animals will go extinct, and the planet’s land will become a giant desert.

In conclusion, we should be taking climate change more seriously, not for ourselves, but for our children, and our children’s children. We need to stop thinking so selfishly, and if we do not act now, then we are telling our children and grandchildren that we do not care about them.

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