Climate Change: Affecting More than your Wardrobe

by Courtney Lyons


This past Sunday was the hottest December 13th in all of recorded New York City history. 

While I love that I am excused from wearing pants, the unseasonably warm weather is a clear indication that something is wrong with our climate.

Since the industrial revolution, human activity has raised Earth's average surface temperature approximately 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit. If we continue to burn all the world’s deposits of coal, oil and natural gas, we will raise the temperature enough to melt the entire ice sheet covering Antarctica, driving the level of the sea up by more than 200 feet. This means in as little as a thousand years major cities (such as Miami, New Orleans, Houston, Washington, New York, Amsterdam, Stockholm, London, Paris, Berlin, Venice, Buenos Aires, Beijing, Shanghai, Sydney, Rome and Tokyo) will be under water.

Humans are not the only ones affected. With sea levels and temperature constantly rising, many habitats are being altered and most animals cannot keep up. Studies show that this climate change will eventually drive one in every six animals to extinction.  

However, we can make a difference. 

While it is nice to be able to reach for a miniskirt in December, it is important to remember this comes with a cost. Simple alterations to your life such as remembering to turn off lights and walking to work/school can help reduce the emission of carbon dioxide and other green house gasses into the atmosphere tremendously. 

So I have put together a few outfits that let you enjoy the weather and are also suitable to walk in!