Imagine waking up one morning and looking out your window and it’s completely barren. No trees, no animals, just a vast land of barrenness. This could be the scene you could wake up to one morning if global warming continues and we don’t put a stop to it all. Our world could be gone in the blink of an eye, all because of our consequential decisions.

Our world needs our help; we need to stop increasing carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Along with escalating carbon emissions global warming has increased. Global warming is caused when carbon dioxide level rise in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide levels are increasing due to the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas. Levels also increase when forests are cleared out. All of these things tie into global warming; high carbon dioxide levels lead to rising temperature that lead to climate changes. All of these things lead to global warming and our Earth has started to experience drastic changes.

According to “An Inconvenient Truth,” in the last 30 years hurricanes in category 4 and 5 have almost doubled in number, all due to global warming. In 2005, the U.S experienced the most costly and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in history. The storm was estimated to have been responsible for $81.2 billion in damages. Weather isn’t just being affected by our actions.

Plants and animals as well are being affected by our actions. According to the same documentary, at least 279 plants and animals have moved closer to the poles in response to global warming; this is not a natural occurrence. These plants and animals are being affected significantly from global warming. With global warming increasing and not seeing a possibility of slowing down, over one million species worldwide could be driven to extinction by 2050.

If we continue on this path, our future livelihood could alter very radically. Along with climate changes, our economics could change as well. When sea levels rise and the current coastal cities are wiped off, economies will be drastically changed because the lack of the port cities that bring in goods for that country. With these major port cities being engulfed by water from the melting glaciers, new cities have to be developed and that takes time and the country’s economy will decline because developing a city takes money along with time and if your economy is in bad shape you don’t have money to rebuild new port cities.

The predictions for our future are very grim. According to the documentary, global sea levels could rise up more than 20 feet with the loss of shelf ice in Greenland and Antarctica, devastating coastal areas globally. Along with that, heat waves will occur more frequent and more severe. With those heat waves, more countries will experience drought and if these heat waves happen in a third-world country then crops will die out and people there won’t have any food to sustain their families.

This may seem overwhelming and just irreversible, but we do have the power to change and stop this. Everyone needs to do their part. “An Inconvenient Truth” gives ways on reducing carbon emissions, therefore slowing down global warming. Just replacing one regular light to a compact fluorescent light bulb will save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. Also, check your tires; keeping them properly inflated can improve gas mileage by more than 3 percent. Every gallon of gasoline saved keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. With just simple little things people can do, we can save our Earth from devastating changes.

Now you can imagine waking up in the morning, looking out your window and seeing green trees growing, birds chirping and the sun shining.

Edelin Silab



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