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  1. Hello Sumner, Thank you for replying quickly, Sumner. This ought to get interesting. I will try to be as civil as possible. All the thoughts I have are mine; please do not assume that someone else has told me this. I have come to this conclusion from reading about a few dozen credible sources such as NASA, IPCC, CNN, etc. If I am being taken advantaged from these sources, then we live in a society that seeks to conspiracise every sector. I find that unlikely. I believe in the science, and if the science isn't true... again, that is unlikely. Actually, may I ask two questions? Do you believe in the science or do you believe in what some rich people are doing? Do you believe in Climate Change? Also, please provide evidence to back up your claims. Still once again, you say that they wealthy know what they are doing because they are credible (rich, intelligent, hard work), but many of them do not understand the detrimental effects Global Warming has on the places that they invest because they haven't seen it yet. Important places have not been submerged, I agree, but they will be. According to the IPCC, "By 2100, global mean sea level rise is projected to be around 0.1 metre lower with global warming of 1.5°C compared to 2°C (medium confidence). Sea level will continue to rise well beyond 2100 (high confidence), and the magnitude and rate of this rise depend on future emission pathways. A slower rate of sea level rise enables greater opportunities for adaptation in the human and ecological systems of small islands, low-lying coastal areas and deltas (medium confidence). {3.3, 3.4, 3.6}" You will see these sea levels rising at such an alarming rate. Regarding your statement, "You mean to tell me that people with millions to billions of dollars, as well as countless contacts and resources wouldn't be able to figure out if Climate Change was real? Brandon, buddy, these people didn't get to the top by being ignorant, they got to the top by being ruthless and cunning. If there was a threat to their wealth as great as climate change then they would do their upmost to fix it, otherwise that wealth would go *poof*, and nobody likes it when that happens." Some know climate change is real. Some don't. Others don't care. Some see money to be gained. They believe, by not contributing to the defense against Climate Change, they can be more economically well off. But some are waking up to this issue. Currently, Elon Musk, a successful entrepreneur and founder of Space X and Tesla "donated $1 million worth of trees ($1 per tree) to YouTuber Jimmy “MrBeast” Donaldson, who's currently campaigning to raise $20 million from fellow YouTube celebrities for a climate change fundraising effort." Look at Arnold Schwarzenegger, a successful and famous actor, "Schwarzenegger signed the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 which required in law a sharp reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the first program in the country to take a comprehensive, long-term approach to addressing climate change while maintaining a robust economy. He continued to address global warming through signing a series of executive orders and bills that aimed to reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2050." There are countless many other famous and rich people rising up to this issue. Bill Gates has been also trying to fight climate change. I actually believe that the wealthy that push for the Climate Change Agenda are correct. Again, look at what the science says. Look at the Paris Agreement. We are in a crisis, and many countries, not all wealthy people, acknowledge it. Regarding Al Gore, what he said is right. The arctic is melting. (https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019-arctic-sea-ice-extent-fourth-lowest-on-record) Polar Bears are endangered as a result of the sea ice melting. (https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/polar-bear) Are you aware as of two months ago, some parts of the Arctic were on fire? (https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/24/world/wildfires-arctic-climate-sci-intl/index.html) Also, the mountain is melting. According to an Article on Medium, "The snow cap, which covered the summit of Kilimanjaro 11,000 years since the last Ice Age, is melting quickly. Climatologists have concluded that over the last decades the melting of ice on Kilimanjaro has accelerated. From 1912 to 1953 the area of the ice shield was reduced by 1.1% per year. From 1953 to 1989, this indicator rose to 1.4%, and from 1989 to 2007 it reached 2.4%. Now the researchers predict that in case the current trend persists, by 2033 the highest mountain will have lost its snow cap altogether." Also, are you holding Al Gore as the head of the Climate Change Movement? It would be wrong to assume that the things he did wrong (sadly his house) meant that the entire Climate Change movement is a hoax. Many others are leading this grueling movement such as Greta Thunberg. And yes, I have looked at the other side, again, a few dozen articles. Please do not assume that I haven't seen the opposing side. Okay. Back to education. If there is a bureaucracy holding back the school systems then why are some changes happening in some places? Look at Sir Ken Robinson's book, Creative Schools, Smokey Road Middle School, De LaSalle Education Center, Grange Primary School (England, North Star Center, Everton Free School, Hobart Elementary School, etc. Schools fail to change because they always done it a certain way. Thank you for reading Sumner, Brandon
  2. Hello Sumner, Thank you for reading my thoughts. Exactly, there is no point in having a trillion dollars if there is no land to spend it on. That is why we must act against Climate Change; it will destroy many things including land. You stated, "What's the point in having a trillion dollars, if you have no land in which to spend it because you failed to stop the world from ending? The reason that the wealthy elite are doing nothing to stop global warming is because there's nothing to stop." The elites are not doing anything because they do not realize it is a problem. This does not imply that there isn't a problem. Many are blind to this conundrum. Many powerful people do not admit faults when they do something wrong. Do they? Everything they do isn't correct. Regarding your, "At the best, in the event of climate change, sea levels would rise 10 feet over the course of the next 40 years, and at the worse, hundreds. In the event of just a 10 foot increase, the entirety of Florida, and most of Europe, England and central america would be destroyed. With that in mind, do you think the banks would be investing in Florida, one of the fastest growing condominium on the planet, or approving those expensive 40 year loans for homes in London when the world would be over in 30-50 years? No, they wouldn't. But they are, and that's because Climate Change is a complete scam. It was set in motion by Vice President Gore "... there are more problems that will be caused by global warming/Climate Change, not just sea level rise. Climate Change includes the amplification of natural disasters, ecosystem collapse due to plants and animals' inability to adapt quickly, irregular seasons, etc. Please read the IPCC Report of 1.5C 2019. (https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/sites/2/2019/06/SR15_Full_Report_High_Res.pdf). This report details the impact of Climate Change. I believe there is a fallacy in your statement, an Appeal to Authority Fallacy. Let me explain. Banks-> invest-> therefore, no climate change? What if it went like this? Banks-> blindly invest-> Still climate change. Again, just because powerful figures do not admit that there is a problem and actually ignore it does not mean there isn't a problem. They invest in these areas because there is still some profit to be gained. Why is Climate Change a scam? Regarding your education statements... I agree for the most part although I believe it can be changed through the schools directly. Changes are already happening. Thank you, Brandon
  3. Hey there! I am back again! In this post, I will elaborate on my goals, questions, and current status. [1] ABSTRACT: Goals, Questions, Current Status I want to advocate for immediate change in the world. Should I protest and start a movement or should I start slow with letters to politicians, etc? How can I advocate for immediate change and raise attention at these alarming issues (Global Warming, US Education System)? I already know many people are starting to do this, but the movement is not enough. I, also, realize that Earth does not have enough time to wait. We must act now. Currently, I am writing two papers regarding the Education System and Global Warming. I am in process of researching these topics (I know sufficiently to have a debate). I, also, have a mentor-ship with my teacher. [2] Into the Details There are two issues I want to address in this document: Global Warming and the US Education system. I will go into Global Warming first. [2a] Global Warming It is estimated by 2050, if Earth warms up by 3 Celsius (About 5.4 F), extreme events will occur. (https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/148cb0_b2c0c79dc4344b279bcf2365336ff23b.pdf) (https://www.livescience.com/65633-climate-change-dooms-humans-by-2050.html). "The authors provide one particularly grim scenario that begins with world governments "politely ignoring" the advice of scientists and the will of the public to decarbonize the economy (finding alternative energy sources), resulting in a global temperature increase 5.4 F (3 C) by the year 2050. At this point, the world's ice sheets vanish; brutal droughts kill many of the trees in the Amazon rainforest (removing one of the world's largest carbon offsets); and the planet plunges into a feedback loop of ever-hotter, ever-deadlier conditions. 'Thirty-five percent of the global land area, and 55 percent of the global population, are subject to more than 20 days a year of lethal heat conditions, beyond the threshold of human survivability,' the authors hypothesized. Meanwhile, droughts, floods and wildfires regularly ravage the land. Nearly one-third of the world's land surface turns to desert. Entire ecosystems collapse, beginning with the planet's coral reefs, the rainforest and the Arctic ice sheets. The world's tropics are hit hardest by these new climate extremes, destroying the region's agriculture and turning more than 1 billion people into refugees. I will summarize. The authors are saying that we would be in a global disaster if global warming were to occur at the rate it is going at right now.. We have 31 years till this "estimated" downfall. Currently, this is where we are at... As Greta Thunberg says in her UN Climate Action Summit, 'The popular idea of cutting our emissions in half in 10 years only gives us a 50% chance of staying below 1.5 degrees [Celsius], and the risk of setting off irreversible chain reactions beyond human control. Fifty percent may be acceptable to you. But those numbers do not include tipping points, most feedback loops, additional warming hidden by toxic air pollution or the aspects of equity and climate justice. They also rely on my generation sucking hundreds of billions of tons of your CO2 out of the air with technologies that barely exist. So a 50% risk is simply not acceptable to us — we who have to live with the consequences. To have a 67% chance of staying below a 1.5 degrees global temperature rise – the best odds given by the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] – the world had 420 gigatons of CO2 left to emit back on Jan. 1st, 2018. Today that figure is already down to less than 350 gigatons... With today's emissions levels, that remaining CO2 budget will be entirely gone within less than 8 1/2 years." (https://report.ipcc.ch/sr15/pdf/sr15_spm_final.pdf) I will summarize once again. Greta states that the chance to get below 1.5 degrees Celsius (a temperature preventing further destruction and irreversible chain reactions) is low because of the lack of action from governments as stated from "the popular idea." (They haven't started it, and it is just an idea after all). With the governments not taking enough action, notably the world's most powerful, puts future generations at high risk. Our future is at stake here. We might not have a future. So, why aren't countries panicking? I think we should. Because.. if I were just to go to school.. and be like anyone else.. the world would inevitably end. The thing is... there is no point to going to school if our future is going to get destroyed anyway. Plus, there are solutions out there; however, politicians and many people aren't listening to the science! The sense of urgency is overwhelming. At least for me. Anyway, I hope this is convincing. Moving on to the topic on education... [2b] US Education System In 2012, 17% of high school graduates in the USA were below literacy level. More than 50% of adults were below level 3 literacy (PISA Scales). In 2013, 80% of schools nationwide were labeled as failing under NCLB (No Child Left Behind). (Note NCLB was replaced with ESSA. ESSA was Every Student Succeeds Act. This act was slightly better in terms of the burden on states. Ultimately, it was more flexible. However, idk where it went. Some politicians are trying to scrap it. Currently, it is unknown what is happening.) In 2014, the average college student holds 20-100k thousand dollars of debt after a few years from graduating college. The total debt is more than all the credit card debts combined. 40% of teachers leave within 5 years (250,000 teachers leave the profession every year). Half of Africans Americans and Latinos fail to graduate from high school. Worldwide suicide rates increased by 60% (3rd leading cause of death among ages 15-44). Look at South Korea, China, India... It is horrible over there. Even here too! 63% of students are unengaged from high school. In a survey conducted in 2007, out of 81,000 students in the Midwest, “60 percent said, ‘I didn't see the value in the work I was being asked to do.” In another survey conducted in 2016, almost a decade later, out of 900,000 students across 49 states, 32% of 11th graders said that they were engaged.” (Estimated) Nationally, graduation rates are at 75% (rated 23 out of 28 countries in OECD survey). We used to have the highest graduation rates in 1950... Lots of things happened. Let me explain. PISA scores were horrible. Nationally, we were like bottom ranked. So, NCLB was inacted to increase standards to increase the PISA scores. This lead to increase in unnecessary standards and testing. And this is hurting students. We spent 650 billion in 2016. I mean. It isn't working out is it? Every initiative to fix education has not worked. Look at NCLB and ESSA...Actually, every initiative has compounded the problem of the system. Well, thanks for reading. Anyway, I will be adding more over the weeks (10/27/19) ~Brandon
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