I grew up in Colorado, so I’ve seen all this. Just writing this, I can easily picture every single thing I’ve written, effortlessly conjuring the scenes into my head. I have lived here my entire life, being able to hike trails, paddleboard lakes, ski mountains. The last one is my favorite. I’ve been skiing since I was four years old, racing down the slopes, right behind my parents, trekking through powder to the lifts, sipping hot chocolate as a blizzard raged outside. Unfortunately, that’s all starting to go away.
When we first moved into our house, in 2007, it was April, and there was a foot of snow on the ground outside. Today, only ten years later, it’s March, and outside, it’s been 70°F and sunny all month. When I first skied, there was often a fresh dusting of snow on the ground, and we’d have to bundle up tight to keep warm. Now, the snow is slushy, and we ski with our jackets unzipped and skipping our gloves all together.
It just makes me sad, knowing that if we continue on the path that we’re on, one day, we won’t even be able to ski anymore. Snow just isn’t what it used to be, and someday (maybe soon) it will cease to exist altogether. I would hate to see the day when grandparents are sitting around, telling their grandchildren of that mystical time called “winter” when it was still cold outside, and white covered the ground. As I said before though, if we continue on this path, that may become a reality.
So, what’s causing this, exactly? Everyone’s heard of climate change. Yes, there are some who will still deny it’s existence, but the truth of the matter is: the Earth is heating up, and humans aren’t helping solve the problem. Most scientists agree that “the Greenhouse Effect” is the primary cause of climate change. This happens when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from Earth toward space. We, the human race, use fossil fuels (such as coal, natural gas, and crude oil) to power everything. The thing is, while we may think of these resources as expendable, they aren’t. Not only are these nonrenewable resources, but they also pollute the air, only continuing to heat the atmosphere.