Natural disasters no longer natural

By: Kayla Hunt, Columnist

Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael have all affected the United States since 2017.

Many experts are informing the public to put an end to the overuse of the term “natural disasters.” They are pushing for people to drop the “natural” part of the phrase because nature is not solely to blame.

Disaster experts are claiming that the term “natural disasters” imply that the hurricanes are a result of nature and that we do not play a part in the formation of these horrific storms. Experts contend that by blaming these disasters on nature it portrays a message that nothing can be done to reduce the risk of these storms, which isn’t true.

One of the main reasons why these hurricanes are becoming worse is due to climate change- which is a result of the activities of humans. The increase in temperature on Earth has led to an increase in the intensity of the wind and water present in the recent hurricanes.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) lists a multitude of reasons of how people can reduce climate change, including taking shorter showers, turning the faucet off while brushing your teeth, unplugging devices when they are not in use and reducing food waste. To find out more information on how you can play your part in reducing climate change, the NRDC has more information on their website. We all participate in global warming in some shape or form, so we should strive to participate in making our home healthy again.

 

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