I wrote an editorial a few weeks ago about how global warming is real but there are still so many people who don’t believe it or simply don’t care.
Carbons and other gases that we are emitting into our atmosphere through factories and vehicles are suffocating our environment. Our ice caps and glaciers are melting at an accelerated rate (especially in the last decade) and if we don’t figure out a way to slow it down, the rising water could affect parts of New Orleans and Miami.
I’m not perfect; I drive a car, I don’t always recycle, and I’m not always environmentally conscious. But I do believe that if more people understood that what we do today will affect our children and grandchildren’s future, they would take it more seriously.
Unfortunately, it seems as though the majority of the world would rather ignore it than deal with it. Many people believe that China’s sudden industrial revolution is the cause of the increase in greenhouse gases, and they may add to it, but they are not the cause.
According to National Geographic, the U.S. has been emitting these gases for a longer period, making us the leader in gas emissions.
But at a time when we should be finding more cleaner ways to produce energy, we are still polluting the atmosphere, making it tougher to fight the effects of greenhouse gases and global warming.
What is our part is all this?
No one expects us to drop what we’re doing and go back to the caveman days. But we do need to be more conscious about how our actions affect the planet. We can recycle, ride a bike or bus to work (or car-pool), buy items that are more environmentally friendly, or buy reusable containers for water and drinks, reducing the need for plastic bottles.
We can also support programs that introduce cleaner energy, including wind, solar, and water power. Many people are concerned about using nuclear power, but if we could figure out a way to dispose of the waste, it could possible be the best kind of clean energy we have.
Global warming is real. It isn’t just an excuse used to scare people into taking care of the environment. If we don’t take care of the Earth now, we may not have to deal with the consequences, but our future generations will.
And if we don’t care, what is that teaching our children?