As carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases and other air pollutants are collected in the atmosphere, there is a process occurring that is way larger than ourselves. These toxins are being absorbed by sunlight and solar radiation, later bouncing off the surface of Earth. Usually, the radiation being produced escapes into the abyss we know as space but these pollutants are getting trapped by the heat. In turn, causing planet Earth to become a lot hotter. This is the process known as the greenhouse effect.
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Reality Of Global Warming
The greenhouse effect goes hand in hand with the lovely topic of global warming. Over the past decades, the Earth’s temperature has increasingly gotten warmer due to the actions of us humans. These actions are one’s that we humans don’t usually think much into especially if we are not a very “go green,” type of person. Whether it is something as simple as throwing our plastic water bottles into the trash can or driving to work each day, these actions are enough to cause a lasting effect on the environment. Of course, one single individual cannot make the impact on their own it is every single human on Earth that has added to it.
At this very moment glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, and forests are burning right in front of our very own eyes. The destruction of global warming is real and if we do not consider our actions then the Earth’s temperature will continue to rise at a faster pace than scientists believe to be good for our environment. Therefore, us people need to take care of our planet Earth before it is too late and the consequences become more extreme, as if they are not already. Since global warming cannot be put to a halt, it is vital that we become cautious of our actions. Each day, us humans participate in activities that leave a carbon footprint on the environment.
The carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gas emissions an individual produces due to their actions. As an individual, there are ways we can reduce the amount of emissions we are releasing into the environment. Buying a car with lower gas emissions or electric, turning off the lights when they are not needed or even carpooling with others are great ways to make a change. Automobiles, trains and planes are all modes of transportation that emit a ton of gasses into the environment. If people carpool together, it wouldn’t just make the roads less congested but it would decrease the emissions tremendously.
With the help of everyone and their small acts of change we can slow down the process of global warming but until then, nothing will change. The bushfires in Australia will not be the last of its kind, they will come and go, getting worse each time. If we want to make a change, let’s do it but each individual need to put their best foot forward. Global warming is on too large of a scale that small efforts are not good enough to protect our one and only planet Earth, the pristine and lively place us humans want to call home for hundreds of years to come. Hence why it is vital for us humans to come together and make a change.