There is substantial evidence that global warming is a significant problem on our planet today. Global warming is one of the most serious problems known to man. Scientists must study the causes of global warming and people need to do what is possible to curb it now before it is too late and the damages caused become irreversible. Global warming can be defined as the average increase in the Earth’s air, water, and ground surface temperatures due to high amounts of pollution and green house gases.
America must address global warming now, because if we do not it will worsen until it is out of our control. If it become uncontrollable, then the world as we know it now could come to an end. There are a number of causes of global warming, such as emissions from transportation, energy used to support our lifestyles, recreational activities, and many other surprising factors. Global warming is real and must be restrained today! There are some people who believe that global warming is not a big deal and will not affect our everyday life style.
The truth is that just about everything that we use today is harmful to the environment in some way. Obviously any form of transportation such as the use of cars, buses, trains, boats, helicopters, and airplanes add a significant amount of carbon into the atmosphere that is causing harmful pollution. However, there are less obvious yet more harmful things we consume that pollute the environment. Surprisingly, structures such as office buildings, homes, malls, grocery stores, etc. , contribute to about 43 percent of carbon emissions. Even the food we eat contributes to global warming.
Most of the food products you buy are grown and packaged far from where you purchase them. For example, oranges are mainly grown in Florida. Then different companies use factories in different locations to juice the oranges, then the juice goes to another factory to package the juice. Last, the final product is shipped all around the country. So when you buy the juice, you are contributing to the carbon emissions from the factories and the transportation used to move the orange juice to you. Another surprising example is what types of recreation you are involved in.
If you like relaxing recreational activities like going to the movies or to a restaurant, you are contributing to the electricity the building is using, the shipping that is needed for the film or food to reach you, and the drive to the location. If you like more active types of recreation like quading, skydiving, or things of that nature, then you are contributing even more. As seen in the feature film, The Day After Tomorrow, global warming suddenly caused a dreadfully dramatized vision of what could happen to the world if we continue to pollute the environment as we are now.
It showed that there would be many, more frequent, occurrences of natural disasters such as tornadoes and tsunamis. Also, there would extreme temperature shifts and sudden increases in sea level. It also showed the dangers of how, if we were unprepared or ill-informed, global warming would cost us many human and animal casualties. There are many simple things we can do to help prevent global warming. One thing is to conserve electricity. When leaving a room, even for five minutes, shut off the lights, fan, TV, computer, and stereo so you don’t waste unused electricity.
Also, florescent light bulbs use about 77% less energy and last ten times longer than regular light bulbs. These electric saving tips will help the environment and save money on electric bills. Another helpful thing is to conserve gasoline. The average driver contributes 3. 8 tons of carbon into the atmosphere each year. If drivers make changes such as driving less, speeding less, car pooling, and driving a gas-friendly car, drivers can significantly lower average carbon emissions. This tip will also save you a lot of money in gas each year. In addition, recreational activities that do not involve electricity or gas will help the environment.
Things such as playing a sport outside, riding a bike, or going swimming are enjoyable activities that are good for the environment and good for your health. Another helpful tip is to recycle. Recycling plastic, paper, metals, and glass reduces the size of landfills and reduces the amount of waste that trucks have to transport. He also states that if you recycle one can, you will save the energy that it would take to run a television for three hours. Another example is that by recycling just 1 ton of paper (2000 lbs), you can save 17 trees; 6,953 gallons of water; 463 gallons of oil; 587 pounds of air pollution; 4. 6 cubic yards of land fill space; and 4,077 kilowatt hours of energy.
The last example of something people can do to prevent global warming is to buy locally grown produce and food. By doing so, you can lessen the distance that the shipping trucks have to travel to ship the food to you. Another way to obtain locally-grown food is to go apple, orange, pumpkin, strawberry, or peach picking. This is an enjoyable activity for the family which will get them get the freshest fruit and at the same time help the environment. Also, locally grown food costs less. If you want to know your carbon footprint on the world, go to www. arbonfootprint. com/calculator.
On this website you enter information about your life style and the computer gives you your average carbon emissions. On the site you enter what country you live in, what state you live in, your annual bills for home energy expenditures, how often you fly, where you fly to, how many miles you drive a year, what car you drive, if you drive a motor bike, how often you take buses and trains, what type of food you eat, how often you buy clothes, how often you buy furniture and appliances, how often you recycle, how many cars you own, what type of recreation you do, and if you use a bank.
Then, once the computer calculates everything it tells you your results. The results tell you your carbon footprint, your country’s average footprint, the world’s average footprint, and the world’s target footprint. Surprisingly the average U. S. citizen generates an average of 20 tons of carbon per year, while the world’s average is 5 tons of carbon per year. This clearly shows that our country needs to cut back on carbon emissions.
Given the possible consequences of ignoring the effects of global warming, it would seem sensible to be on the side of caution. Global warming affects the entire Earth. If nothing is done to reduce it to a safer level, scientists are unsure what havoc it will reek in the near future not to mention the distant future. Moreover, global warming needs to be combated by government policies or restrictions.
Every person doing his own small part to reduce carbon emissions will be an immense step in the fight against global warming. This could be a decision to carpool to work or to drive a fuel efficient car to become more energy efficient. Simple recycling can help. Everything that is done by you to help save the environment will also save you money. This just goes to show you that each individual can make a difference and do his part in reducing global warming. If the Earth is to survive, global warming must be restricted!