By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
Greenhouse gases released by factories, cars, and other sources of manmade pollution are triggering unnatural climate change, by trapping the Sun’s rays in a phenomenon known as global warming. This week, leaders from 100 countries have come together in New York for a United Nations (UN) Climate Summit , to turn back the rising ocean tides and develop alternative energy strategies.
China, India, and Russia were absent, despite their countries coming in first, third, and fourth place respectively for pollution emissions in the form of carbon dioxide. Because of their frequent refusal to consider meaningful changes, and the large amounts of toxins created by traditional energy companies in the coal and gas industries, massive pro-environment protests have spread across the globe. In New York alone, over 300,000 people rallied for change!
Recently, scientific reports showed that last year’s carbon emissions of 706 million tons broke the previous year’s records. It’s no wonder, then, that wacky weather is hitting countries with floods, heat waves, polar vortexes, and droughts, as the environment struggles to maintain balance. That’s why celebrities and politicians are turning out in huge numbers at the UN Climate Summit, as many of them believe there’s no bigger issue in the world right now than climate change.
Leonardo DiCaprio, who was recently honored with a Global Citizen Award for his tireless environmental work, addressed the world leaders. He’s been crucial in saving animals and their natural habitats, particularly tigers and ocean creatures, and his words rang powerfully at the summit. “Honored delegates, leaders of the world, I pretend for a living but you do not,” he said. “The people made their voices heard on Sunday around the world and the momentum will not stop, but now it’s your turn. The time to answer humankind’s greatest challenge is now.”
Images courtesy of the United Nations.