Unlike the last meeting, this year’s U.N. International Panel on Climate Change quorum rang with a scary and “inconvenient” (Al Gore) truth: global warming is happening and the finger is pointing right in the mirror-at us. In fact, experts are now 95% sure that we humans had everything to do with it. Back in 2001, experts were only 66% confident that humans had contributed to the increasing temperatures. (CNN)
All of our modern day conveniences-cars, smoke stacks, and other marvels have lead to this impending disaster. Ice is melting, water is rising, and the heat is increasing. More specifically, an increase in carbon dioxide emissions has lead to a one degree Fahrenheit increase in temperatures. (CNN) Is it too late? The U.N. International Panel on Climate Change thinks so. Scientists can speculate, but time will be the true reveal. However, why does this matter? Extreme weather, loss of ozone, health problems, and rising oceans have all been tied to global warming. In fact, many new health problems are arising in and around our country from ozone pollution and smog (Click here to see if you are living in an area that is highly affected). Severe weather, like the tornados in Oklahoma, are also results of global warming. The IPCC report suggests that we can still turn this around in the next thirty years. (Jake Schmidt) So, before you shake your head or roll your eyes (or hide behind another browser window), does this have anything to do with you? I am sorry to say, it does. In spite of the fact that this damage may be irreversible, a great start to try to combat this damage is considering the ideas that are usually shrugged off.
Sure, Todd is annoying and the last thing you want to hear is his snorting, putrid voice as you drive to work in the morning-or worse, talk radio. But, did you know that carpooling cuts emissions, big time? Suck up your pride and share the wheel. Not only will there be one less lonely squirrel in the world tonight, but you will save some green on gas and car maintenance costs. Public transportation is another great way to combat those pesky emissions. Champagne for dinner you say? A total possibility from money you will save, and hey, you may even be able to gaze at a nice tree while you sip.
Many a good citizen has been hit with the instant murderous guilt of throwing a plastic bottle into the (gasp) regular trash can. “It’s just one bottle. It won’t do any harm.” Unfortunately, in our current climate crisis, every single can, bottle, and even tissue can really help. Sustainable resources are key right now, burning clean and staying away from things like Styrofoam and other CFC multipliers. And hey, according to The Flight of the Concords, it’s an important side note during “business time.”
No, it’s not cheap to start out, but the sun is our great renewable resource. By adding solar panels to your home, you are conserving energy and making our environment breathe a little easier. In addition, you will actually save money in the long run by using clean energy that never runs out!
Again, these will not be cheap, but the end result is richer than you can imagine. More and more charging stations are popping up around the country and even the globe. Burning fossil fuels is really clogging up our atmosphere, not to mention, these resources will eventually run out. (What will we fight over after that happens?) By driving an electric car, you are creating less of these destructive compounds that deplete our ozone.
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Together, we can build a better future for what Walt Disney referred to as “Space Ship Earth.” Small changes in daily lives can possibly turn this downward spiral around. Sure, it may be too late, but why take that chance if it’s not?
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