SJCC on climate change

Students and faculty discuss the changing climate


Courtesy of Climate Central

Photo of 1880 vs. 2013 CO2 and temperature data.

Climate change. Some have heard about it on the TV or in ads on the radio. Others are more passionate about it, but regardless of how invested people are, it remains an issue.

In response to the question of what the United States is doing to combat climate change, Thai Tran, an SJCC cafeteria server, said, “We’re changing to eco-cars. We’re using more solar energy.”

The subject of climate change has long been a topic of debate mainly between the Democratic and Republican parties, Democrats believing in it and Republicans often denying it, with many mixed opinions in between.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “Global climate models represent the planet as millions of grid boxes and then solve mathematical equations to calculate how energy is transferred between those boxes using the laws of thermodynamics.”

Each grid box stands for a different climate zone of the Earth and scientists use the laws of, “Thermodynamics, which is the science of the relationship between heat, work, temperature and energy against which to gauge the accuracy of their climate change data,” according the definition of thermodynamics in Britannica. These are the laws against which climate change data is gauged.

Not everyone is content with what the U.S. is doing to combat climate change. Chris Maybie, an SJCC radio engineer, said, “I definitely think we could be using our resources a heck of a lot smarter.”

At the end of the day, as Student Center Consultant Rosa Ramirez says, “It has to do with how we treat the earth.”