By Kira Black and Patricia Gras
In 2006, Al Gore starred in a documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, that campaigned global warming issues that recognized it as a worldwide problem. This documentary sparked the public’s interest with the horrors of the long term effects that global warming will have on our planet. Global warming has been around for billions of years alternating with ice ages and will continue to occur naturally. However, it has become a main interest because all the human activities and practices that we do have contributed to it’s occurrence and severity.
Global warming is basically the increase of temperatures of the earth’s atmosphere, which disrupts the earth’s natural blanket, the greenhouse effect, from properly trapping heat and keeping the planet insulated. The Industrial Revolution occurred 240 years ago which was when the earth’s atmosphere began to take the beating of the overuse of fossil fuels in the form of oil mined and burned, and gases released into the atmosphere. A new study shows that 75% of the increase in the carbon dioxide gases of the Earth’s atmosphere is the result of the burning of fossil fuels. A popular example of the effects of global warming is the rise of the sea level caused by the melting of ice glaciers. This does not necessarily affect the higher regions but the sea level regions are already losing their land to the sea.
Things that can be done to slow down the progression of global climate change is to promote and switch to alternative energy. What needs to happen is an increase of public awareness of how to become more energy efficient and less dependent on wasteful energy such as oil. There are groundbreaking developments such as wind power (cheaper and more efficient) and solar power (generated by solar cells) have been proven to create zero pollution to our planet. We are living during an exciting time with new discoveries of energy sources that will do less damage to our earth and give future generations a cleaner planet.
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By: Kira Black, Production Assistant