A Global Warning

As you read this, another snow cover in the Northern hemisphere melts. As you amuse yourself updating your Facebook account, sea level increases. And as you watch your favorite television show, the hole on the ozone layer is becoming large.

Ice melting, sea level increase and ozone layer depletion are just some of the effects of global warming, a global phenomenon that our world is facing today.

Global warming is the increase in the average temperature of Earth’s near-surface air and oceans since the mid-20th century.

For the past years, various human activities have caused this global phenomenon. Some of these activities are riding smoke-belching vehicles, burning of coals, deforestation and usage of household appliances that are not environment friendly. These activities emit greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons, methane and nitrous oxide, which are extremely harmful to the nature. In other words, every time we ride buses, burn our wastes and use air conditioning units, we add to the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

These are just some of the many causes of global warming. What are then the effects of these human activities that caused global warming?

Ice is melting worldwide. Mountain glaciers, ice sheets covering West Antarctica and Greenland and Arctic sea ice are all melting. These melting results to sea level rise. The increase of the sea level became faster and faster over the last century. Sea level is expected to rise between 7 and 23 inches by the end of the century. Sea level increase will result to tsunamis and island sink. Hurricanes and other storms are also an effect of global warming. Many strong storms had hit the Philippines for the past years and all of these storms devastated the lives of the Filipinos.

Aren’t you alarmed by these? What can you do to save the Mother Earth?

Back to basic: reduce, reuse and recycle. These three simple ways can be a big leap in combating global warming. Try to avoid the use of household appliances that emit CFC’s. Also, try to avoid riding buses. Instead, try to walk or use the bicycle. This does not only help in lessening the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, it also helps to improve your health.

Global warming is indeed a warning so we better act now.

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5 thoughts on “A Global Warning

  1. I agree with you that now more than ever, it is we who should act to stop Global Warming. No one else can benefit from it than us. It’s a matter of how we approach the problem, and the way I see it, the most effective way truly is to go back to the basics (three R’s).

  2. But another challenge would be how we are going to convince the Filipino people to combat this global warming. Most of us have accepted this as a mere fact that there can be nothing to do about it, which somehow contributes even more to the destruction of our planet, since instead of taking precautions in our actions, we still don’t care and still do some things we know that will harm our planet especially if it is for our convenience.

  3. The 3Rs is the most basic yet hard to accomplish by many people… If you have troubles with the last R (Recycling), there’s always a junk shop near by to help in the process… If you think about it, the wealthier people are the main criminal in global warming… It’s the wealthier person that uses ‘aircon’ and normally does none of the 3Rs… Less fortunate people tends to become resourceful and thrift as money shortage happens… They’re more common to be seen reusing and recycling anything since they don’t have anything else…

    (Side Note)
    Old refrigerators and freezers are also part of the CFC contributors…
    But, current air-conditioning units, refrigerators, and freezers are now free from CFC…

  4. We should all go back to basics. Reduce, reuse, recycle. I believe that if we continue doing this, we can reduce global warming.

  5. We should really do our best to stop global warming, not just for ourselves but for the future generation as well.

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