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Climate Change: A Plain Language Guide

By Reid Caplan

July 1, 2022

Why is climate change happening?

Climate change is not the same as ordinary changes in the weather.  When we talk about climate change, we mean changes that are too big and too fast for the world to handle.  These changes are happening because of human choices.

People do things that hurt the environment. For example, there are a lot of cars in the U.S. Cars pollute the environment and can cause global warming. Using public transportation would help. But not everyone can use public transportation. And even if everyone could, many people don’t want to.  Many people think driving is easier than using public transportation. 

But climate change is about much more than what everyday people do. People in power hurt the environment because of capitalism.


Reid Caplan, “Climate Change: A Plain Language Guide.” Plain Language Version. Disability and Climate Change: A Public Archive Project. July 1, 2022.

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