Global Warming has become a very sizzling topic in today’s world. There have been many campaigns and debates around this subject but the seriousness of this issue is still not clear to most people. It is a threat to the existence of this planet and every individual who is a part of this planet should play his/her role to prevent or curb the effect of this phenomenon.
What is Global Warming?
To understand the concept of global warming, let’s first consider how a greenhouse works. A greenhouse works to provide an ideal atmosphere for the plants in it to grow. As the sun’s light passes through the glass, it provides the plants fuel for photosynthesis. In addition, the glass traps the sun’s rays in the green house in order to maintain the maintain the ideal temperature for the plants to grow.
The earth behaves like the greenhouse and makes it warm enough for humans to live in it. The sun’s rays get trapped in the earth’s atmosphere by the natural gases present in the atmosphere and make the temperature on earth rise and maintain just the right level for human beings to live. This phenomenon is known as the green house effect. The natural gases responsible for this effect consist of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and water vapor. The level of these natural gases must be steady and balanced to maintain the right amount of temperature on earth.
The problem is that because of the rapid industrialization, the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have increased exponentially. This has caused the level of temperature to rise up abnormally and hence resulting in global warming.
Why should we worry?
There are many ways in which global warming affects the earth. Some of them are:
- Rising sea levels due to melting of ice resulting in severe floods.
- Droughts and agriculture problems caused be very high temperatures and dry weather.
- Natural habitat of wild life will get affected and this will also force extinction of many species
- Abnormal behavior in the earth’s climate will result in other violent natural disasters like storms.
- Rising temperature levels will cause deadly insects to move up into higher altitude regions resulting in more spreading of diseases like malaria.
Practices to Prevent Global Warming
As mentioned earlier, it is the duty of every individual to do his or her part in curbing the effect of global warming. Following is a list of easy and effective practices that everyone can and should adopt to do so:
- You can start off by adjusting your home temperature. Lowering the temperature by just two degrees in the winters and increasing it by two degrees in the winters will not just save you electricity bills, it will also cut down the energy usage of your household. Recommended temperature setting for saving energy is 81 degrees (stech).
- Things as small as changing the light bulbs in your house and office to energy efficient CFL bulbs can also cause a significant decrease in the amount of carbon dioxide released in the atmosphere. CFL bulbs cost around $2.60 and last about 10 times longer than normal bulbs. These bulbs will help u save 75% of energy, not to mention the cost savings on electricity bills
- As compared to bathing, taking a quick shower uses only one-third of the amount of water. Water is precious, especially considering that global warming is predicted to increase water shortages in the near future. Imagine this, decreasing your shower time by just one minute will save about 500 gallons of water every year! (stech)
- Deforestation is one of the major causes of increasing carbon dioxide levels. It is known that plants, during photosynthesis breath in carbon dioxide and breath out carbon dioxide. Cutting down of plants and trees will not just decrease the levels of oxygen supplied, it will also increase the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. A single tree planted is enough to supply enough oxygen for two human beings for their entire life and reduces carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. (stech)
- Indulge yourself in cardiovascular exercises by walking and riding a bicycle. These exercises are excellent for your body and heart, provide peace to your soul and above all saves thousands of tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year! By replacing a five mile car trip with a walk or a bike ride around once a week, carbon dioxide emissions would reduce by about 100,000 tons every year! (stech). This way not only the planet stays fresh but you stay healthy too.
- More than 600 energy companies in the United States offer their customers with alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, biomass, or landfill gas (stech). You could make a big difference by simply calling your every company and ask them to provide you an alternative form of energy.
- Use biodegradable and natural products. It is hard to believe that in the last 60 years, we have introduced more than 17,000 chemical ingredients into our lives. They are used in almost everything we use such as deodorants, perfumes, dishwashing detergents, shampoos etc.
- Pay your bills online! Technology now enables us to get many of our chores done by sitting at home. Many banks offer online payment methods that save gas, paper, time and as a result saves you costs! It’s a win-win situation for you and your planet
- It has become part of our lives to “waste” energy. Think about the times when you leave open the refrigerator and let the cold air rush out, or the times when you leave open your door and let the warm air out. Just a little bit of care could save tons of energy every year.
- Use the energy saving option available on most dishwashers or other washers.
It is to note that the phenomenon of global warming is a very debatable subject in today’s world. A few scholars are also of the opinion that there have been no solid evidences of global warming’s effect. However, most of the scholars today agree that global warming is not just a theory and evidences of its effects such as severe droughts and floods can be clearly seen.
Either way, it is important to note that growing levels of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere have no good side and that it is extremely crucial to understand the necessity to control it for the betterment of this planet. Small things we do today can make a big difference tomorrow so needed practices must be adopted for a better future.
Buchdahl, Joe, Rebecca Twigg and Laura Cresswell. “Global Warming.” 2002. Web.
Stech, Diane. “10 easy steps to stop global warming.” 2008. Web.