The planet we call home is beginning to die and change due to climate change caused by humans. Human actions and creations are causing global temperatures to rise, which has an impact on the entire planet. Climate change is a change in global climate patterns due to an increase in atmospheric temperatures. Emissions from cars and power plants get trapped in our atmosphere and heat our planet. Rising temperatures of the planet affect life on land and life within our oceans. Sea life such as fish and corals die from changes in ocean temperatures. Human actions are one of the main components in climate change, which leads to the bleaching of corals, release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and the drowning of wetlands. Climate change impacts our oceans with the bleaching of corals due to the slightest changes of temperature or conditions of water. Coral bleaching is the process in which coral colonies lose their pigment due to too warm of water temperatures, causing the algae to leave a colony and turn completely white(National Ocean Service.) Coral bleaching is caused by warm temperature changes within the ocean waters. A temperature change of even one degree can cause a coral plant to lose pigment and die. When coral bleaching occurs, the plant does not always die, the plant can survive but will live under more stress and is subject to mortality(The Nature Conservancy.) The warming of the ocean puts large amounts of thermal stress on the corals, causing them to become weak and lose pigment. Coral bleaching is one of the major effects of climate change in our oceans, along with the rising water levels. Our oceans water levels are continuing to rise due to changes in climate all around the planet. Sea levels have risen due to the melting of land based ice, such as sheets of ice and glaciers(National Ocean Service.) Rapid changes in sea levels have caused wetlands to “drown” and not be able to stay above water surface. Wetlands grow vertically and fast to keep wetlands above the water(EDF.) The rising levels in seawater levels are a result of heat that is absorbed by the sun. With rising sea levels, coral reefs and seagrass meadows are in danger of “drowning” because they can only photosynthesize in shallow waters. Our oceans are rising due to the melting of our polar regions, which is caused by the heating of the atmosphere caused by greenhouse gases. Human emitted greenhouse gases are responsible for more than half of climate change since 1951. Greenhouse gases are gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect by absorbing infrared radiation such as chlorofluorocarbons and Carbon Dioxide. Carbon Dioxide is the main heat trapping gas responsible for the global warming over the past few decades. The burning of fossil fuels is the primary contributor to the emissions of carbon dioxide. Emissions released from cars and power plants and an increase in radiation given off by the sun are causing the sudden drive in temperature change. The trapping of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere causes our planet to slowly warm and our ocean levels to rise. Greenhouse gases are one of the primary causes in climate change and it can all be solved with a few simple solutions. The primary causes of climate change is us humans, so it is our responsibility to solve climate change. Some of the possible solutions are to cut back on fuel emissions, find new renewable resources, and to put the planet before ourselves. We can reduce the amount of fuel emissions emitted by walking and riding bikes more often, and by carpooling to reduce the emissions. We need to find more renewable resources because they have a positive impact on our planet, and we are eventually going to runout of non renewable resources. Us humans only care about what is best for ourselves, but we must put the planet before ourselves if we want to have a place to call home. We must do what is best for the planet rather than for ourselves. To create these changes to our planet will be very challenging and it will take the entire world to create change. Many people will be willing to help solve the problem, but many will not care to help so it is up to us to create and small amount of change. Over the past 70 years global temperatures have increased, and the conditions of our planet have worsened due to us humans. I’ve learned that climate change is much worse than I realized and that we must change our habits if we want to keep our planet. I realized that it is up to us humans to solve climate change, otherwise our planet will continue to die.