Unsustainable.

Examining the actions the ICCSD and the Iowa City community are taking to combat climate change.

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Unsustainable.

In 2018, the ICCSD used 31,278 pounds of beef, which amounts to over 500,000 pounds of CO2 emissions. (Source: Alison Demory)

In 2018, the ICCSD used 31,278 pounds of beef, which amounts to over 500,000 pounds of CO2 emissions. (Source: Alison Demory)

Aditi Borde

In 2018, the ICCSD used 31,278 pounds of beef, which amounts to over 500,000 pounds of CO2 emissions. (Source: Alison Demory)

Aditi Borde

Aditi Borde

In 2018, the ICCSD used 31,278 pounds of beef, which amounts to over 500,000 pounds of CO2 emissions. (Source: Alison Demory)

By Annabel Hendrickson, Natalie Katz, and Marta Leira

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From a birds-eye view, the earth appears to be dead. What was once green is now brown; what was once frozen is now melted. Trees can no longer survive in the extreme temperatures, glaciers have completely melted and half of Florida is underwater. As uninhabitable as Earth may seem, you are still alive, and so are the 300 million refugees all around the world that have had to evacuate their homes due to rising sea levels. This is no dystopian world. According to NASA, this is our future.

Discussions around climate change have become increasingly tense in recent years. Some still deny its existence, while others argue that the effects of it will be irreversible in 18 months.

With all of this uncertainty comes an immense amount of debate. But the facts are indisputable. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization, animals are going extinct at an alarming rate and the US just faced its hottest summer yet.

As concerns over climate change rise, Iowa City and the school district have taken a number of measures to reduce their contribution to the issue, but many believe there is still more to be done.

This story continues on West Side Story and was originally published on October 3, 2019.