How to help save your planet from global warming
By Verity for BBC School Report
As you go about your daily business do your best to remember one of the biggest concerns facing us and the future of our planet is global warming or climate change.
It is not something we can continue to ignore. Now is the time we take action.
Although Planet Earth has already faced extreme heat and cold throughout its existence, we humans are interfering with its natural cycle, heating up the atmosphere which is causing extreme global warming. Over the past fifty years the average temperature of the earth has increased at the fastest rate in recorded history; it’s what we are doing now is what’s causing the problems.
The effects of global warming are devastating and we must take responsibility for this.
Not only is global warming melting the polar ice caps and glaciers, causing sea levels to rise rapidly making millions of people who live by the sea to lose their homes, it is also reducing the size of the habitat for many species of animals. For example thousands of polar bears and other animals have been forced to move further and further together until they only have a small area of ice to live on. They will all eventually die. We are responsible. We are responsible because we are ignoring the signs and carrying on burning fossil fuels, cutting down rain forests, digging the earth away every day and night until nothing is left and the ultimate destruction has happened.
We must think of our future and the future of our children.
We are the only ones who can make a change.
People who have allergies and asthma will also suffer considerably due to the intolerably high levels of air pollution. Thanks to the conditions, every type of mosquito, bacteria, viruses and viral diseases will thrive and become more common.
Global warming is also closely linked with extreme weather. Scientists agree that Earth’s rising temperatures are to blame for hotter and longer heat waves, more droughts, heavier rainfall and extremely powerful hurricanes.
Recent examples of this include the 2014 wild fires in California; the Argentinean heatwave of December 2013, the devastating 2014 floods in Jakarta, the drought in east Africa… and many, many other ‘natural’ disasters.
The atmosphere helps to keep our planet warm. Gases such as water vapour, carbon dioxide and methane trap heat from the sun and keep the earth’s surface warm enough to support life. However if these gases increase, our planet could be turned in to a giant greenhouse making it uninhabitable.
It’s not just you that’s under threat from global warming;
“Unless greenhouse gas emissions are severely reduced, climate change could cause a quarter of land animals, birdlife and plants to become extinct.”
Reduced rainfall could seriously affect trees, rainforests and wetland areas where thousands of vulnerable species live. They cannot move quickly so therefore they will become extinct. One example of this is the Costa Rican golden toad; this rare species of toad was unjustly driven to extinction by global warming and climate change even though it lived on a nature reserve.
So what can YOU do to save YOUR planet from extinction?
How to help save your planet from global warming and extinction in five easy steps!
#1 Use less electricity; unplug power cords, buy fluorescent light bulbs that use less electricity, add insulation to the attic and basement sealing air leaks and air ducts
#2 Save fuel; rather than riding in your car, go on a bike, get a bus or walk.
#3 Conserve water; turn the tap off when brushing your teeth or shaving, take a three minute shower instead of a bath, fix leaks, wash only full loads of laundry and in cold water
#4 Use green power; buy environment friendly green power electricity, Green power is generated from renewable energy places such as the sun and wind, which give off lower greenhouse gases
#5 Recycle; recycling, repairing and reusing items cuts down on greenhouse gas release. If you recycle paper, newspapers, drink bottles, batteries, electronics and other recyclables you will be helping to make the world a greener place to live in! J
Thank you for reading my article on global warming and remember that YOU are the only person who can make a change.
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