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Sustainability Stories: December 2021


Earth's Very Own Black Box

Monday, December 13, 2021  by qrelihan

   You’ve heard of a black box for airplanes, but what about one for the Earth’s climate? Well, there is a black box in Australia that will record the Earth’s climate for future generations to use and learn from (Rachel Ramirez, CNN 2021).  Just like how you learn about what went wrong with a plane when it crashes by finding its black box, the same will be the case for individuals decades from now when they are searching for answers about the current state of the planet.

    Specifically, the creators of “Earth’s Black Box” are hoping it will tell the story of climate change and whether it was adequately addressed.  Essentially it will act as a giant time capsule for Earth’s weather patterns and the actions that either improve or worsen the climate crisis.  To provide future generations with the necessary data to compare current climate patterns to those of the past the black box will record physical metrics such as temperature and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.  In addition to collecting quantitative data, the black box will also be scanning the internet, news outlets and social media for climate change buzzwords to document when they are used, who they are used by and why. (Rachel Ramirez, CNN 2021).  This will reveal the severity of the problems and the scope of the potential solutions related to the climate crisis. 

    Obviously, there is no way of knowing what a black box of Earth’s climate from past civilizations would have told us about our future but moving forward I think it is a great way to hold ourselves accountable.  In a world where everything is documented, recorded and time-stamped, it will be nearly impossible to refute the data that this black box will collect.  By thinking of climate change as a plane crash on a global scale, the objective is that individuals will look for answers as to why this happened and how it can be avoided in the future. 

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