By Megan Bailey
Global warming has been a hot topic among congress for the past decade. Scientists have made suggestions to legislature on reducing the amount of green house gases released into the environment. Yet, congress has yet to take action against this global issue. Students of the University of Minnesota are aware of Earth's changing climate but are skeptical to believe that it is global warming.
"Its a proven fact that the temperature is warming up," U of M student Anna Wilhelms said. "It wont necessarily end the world."
Although scientists have made suggestions to congress for years, they are now just starting to focus their attention on the effects of global warming, according J. Drake Hamilton, author for doitgreen.com.
"Government is trying to change," Whilhelms said, "but at the same time it's expensive and most of it isn't safe."
Brandon Ploen economics major, thinks the government could be taking more action as well. "They could be doing a lot more," Ploen said. "Its a slow process to make global wide change.
On the other hand, environmental science major, John Frame says just the opposite. "Government isn't doing anything in general," Frame said. "They don't know enough about the topic."
The Union of Concerned Scientists say humans are the main drivers of rapid climate change. However besides walking to class and drinking from re-usable water bottles, students are doing much to reduce their own carbon footprint.
Students Brianna Boswell and Joe Kell walk to class and take the bus in an attempt to be more green. "I guess by taking the bus we reduce our carbon footprint," Boswell said.
According to the National Climactic Data Center, 2012 was the hottest year on record. When asked if this is any indication of global warming, student Megan Ryan still wasn't convinced.
"In Minnesota it's hard to tell," Ryan said, "It's hot in the summer and then four months later we are freezing our butts off in the winter time."