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What is Climate Change, anyway?

"Climate change is a change in the usual weather found in a place. This could be a change in how much rain a place usually gets in a year. Or it could be a change in a place's usual temperature for a month or season." (NASA, 2015)

Climate change is affected by many natural occurrences. Volcano eruptions, our distance from the sun, and the ocean tides cause changes in climate.

Human activity, such as driving or burning coal, produce greenhouse gases (mainly carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide). These gases gather in the atmosphere, and trap the sun's heat, causing climate change. (climatechange.gov)

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As we emit more greenhouse gases, more hot air is being trapped in our atmosphere. This is often referred to as global warming, but climate change is a better way to think of it. When more hot air gets trapped in the atmosphere, it affects more than just the temperature. Landslides, drought, floods, and other storms are linked to climate change.

Whether republican front-runner Donald Trump believes it or not, climate change is a real issue, and if were not already in hot water, we will be by the end of the decade.

How does Climate Change Effect Us?

Climate Change has caused ocean water levels to rise, glaciers to melt, and plants are blossoming sooner in the season. Heat waves are lasting longer. In fact, the five hottest years ever recorded have all happened after 1997. Rising temperatures lead to negative effects in our environment, and for human health. Because of the warm temperature and shift in weather patterns, trees and plants are forced to grow in environments they usually wouldn't have before. "In the tundra, thawing permafrost will allow shrubs and trees to take root. In the Great Plains of the United States, grasslands will likely become forests. And New England’s fiery fall foliage will eventually fade as maple and beech forests shift north toward cooler temperatures." (nature.org) Just like the plants who need to move to a cooler environment, the animals that depend on them will need to move to survive. Humans (that's us!) are also in danger. As the temperature rises, many people fall ill to heat-related illnesses. Natural Climate Change is bound to happen, but the extreme shifts we are seeing are very dangerous.


A flamingo is a tall wading bird with beautiful scarlet feathers, long legs, and a large bent bill. Flamingos love to eat shrimp, snails, and algae. Flamingos are found in South America and Africa. Flamingos are water birds, so they live in and around lagoons or lakes. These bodies of water tend to be saline or alkaline. Their predators include raccoons, jaguars, and birds if prey. Adult Flamingos can grow to be 4-5 feet tall, but they weigh 8lbs maximum.
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"Plastic lawn flamingos, an American icon, were introduced in 1957 by artist Don Featherstone. In the 21st century, they are considered endangered. Efforts are underway to revive the art form, and in 2009, Madison, Wisconsin, named the plastic pink flamingo the city’s official bird." (mentalfloss.com)

Flamingoes are no longer considered endangered, but a few species, such as the Andean, Chilean, Lesser, and the Puna are near threatened. The biggest struggle Flamingos face due to climate change is mating season.

Flamingos are very picky when it comes to mating. Without enough rain, Flamingos just won't do it. Climate change can cause severe droughts, which could lead to a drop in offspring in the years to come.

Though Flamingos aren't in immediate danger, they may be in the not so distant future.

We Need to Make an Effort to Slow Climate Change

There are many things you can do to stop global warming. (and save our pink friends)

1) Don't waste water!

2) Recycle!

3) Reduce waste!

4) Carpool!

5) ... and 35 other ideas

And as always, be sure to share your thoughts and help raise awareness at out meetings, every other Tuesday night in the Ashland Armory.

Together, let's put a stop to global warming, and save the future generations of Flamingos.

Ashland's Flamingo Reserve

Alex Brehmer speaking!

Please be sure to attend our next meeting! Bird up!