What Will Long Island Look Like as the World Warms.


Seth Elghanayan

Is the World Really Warming?

Yes! Many people know it’s a problem, many people claim to care, but most people aren’t even taking action. Since 1900, the world has warmed 2° Fahrenheit, which might not seem like a big deal but it is. Ice caps are melting, forest fires are becoming more common, flood levels are becoming increasingly dangerous and 98% of this is due to humans. And unless the world goes green in the next decade, the effects of climate change will be irreversible. The effects of this on humans will be approximately 83 million deaths by the end of the century.

What Will Happen to Long Island?

Home to over 8 million people, Long Island makes up 40% of New York State’s population. And Long Island is not in a good place for the effects of climate change such as flooding– because it’s an island. In just 77 years, it is predicted that the entire South Shore of Long Island will be submerged underwater, which is over 150 towns. The city of Long Beach will be gone along with Jones Beach. And the worst part is, instead of people in higher power helping, it is only getting worse. One example is The Willow Project being approved: this project will drill out  600,000,000 barrels of oil from Alaska, which will add approximately 280,000,000 metric tons of carbon pollution over the span of 30 years. 

How to Help

To be completely honest, there’s not much that can be done unless multiple people in positions of power take action. Some countries are taking steps toward a greener future by encouraging people to use less gas and energy. But this won’t be enough unless the whole world follows.