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We are Running out of Time

By Manasvi Mital

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0.

The clock has ended.

We have run out of time to save the planet and fix our mistakes.

Well... almost out of time.

On Saturday, September 20, 2020, two artists decided to display a piece that reminded people of the very crucial issue of climate change and how serious it really is. Andrew Boyd and Gan Golan put this timer up in Union Square in Manhattan to put a spotlight on Earth’s expiry date if we do nothing to help it. The timer started at 7:103:15:40:07, which meant there are only 7 years, 103 days, 15 hours, 40 minutes and 7 seconds before the damage done to Earth will be irreversible. That is not much time to fix such deep problems, like the plastic in the ocean and the rising temperatures. We have witnessed more of the effects of climate change this year with the numerous wildfires in Australia, in California and British Columbia. We have also seen it through the extreme weather. One day would be very nice out and the next it would be incredibly cold. That is the Earth telling us that things are not how they should be and that they need to be fixed.

During the pandemic, the planet got a bit of rest as most people were in quarantine and the world could see the results of not burning off so many carbon emissions and polluting the planet. People reported that they were able to see the Himalayan mountains for the first time because of cleaner air in India. This shows the world that making the planet a better place is not an impossible task to accomplish. It demonstrates that if we all come together, we can find a solution that will help the planet and still allow people to live successful lives.

People think that climate change is not real, and those are the type of people who benefit from using fossil fuels and other polluters of our planet. People are more concerned about their money than they are for the future. The climate clock shows them that their money won’t matter in 7 years, because by that time, we all will be living in devastating circumstances, no matter how much money we have.

Humans have only existed for approximately 200,000 years which is nothing compared to how long Earth has existed which is over 4.5 billion years. It has taken us 200,000 years to destroy the only home we have.

We all thought we would get more time to repair our mistakes, but sadly, we have very little left. Time is running out to save our home and humanity must come together to do so.

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