Growing up in Big Bear, climate change has been something I noticed going on before I fully understood what is happening. It was frustrating living in a community where, even though we are surrounded by beautiful forests, not a lot of people care for the environment as much as we all should. I remember when I was younger, the school would get canceled on snow days and there would be at least a few feet of fresh snow on the ground. Fast forward to my last couple of years of high school, we would have snow days just from a couple of inches of snow on the ground. Another obvious sign of climate change in Big Bear is the lake level. With research I found that 2012 to 2017 was the quickest the water levels in the lake had ever dropped, it went from full to 15 feet down. I found a list of lake data from 1985-now that I will link below. In this data, you can see how much the lake levels have fluctuated throughout the years. For example, the lake is 2 feet lower in 2022 than it was in 2021. To me, it is crystal clear that something is causing the lake to fluctuate so quickly but SO many people refuse to "believe in climate change" in Big Bear. Living down here has inspired me. Seeing how many people are out taking action and fighting wildlife makes me so happy. I am going to try to figure out a way I can take action in my hometown and spread awareness up there.
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