Like any organism, our planet works as a whole, as one system. One of those systems that help the Earth works properly is the climate system. People are still in a struggle how to completely understand this system. But one is certain, each human action affects the condition of the climate. Each change that is made by man has a lot of consequences, such as global warming.
The major cause of global warming is a gas that naturally occurs – carbon dioxide (CO2). For the past half a million years, the level of carbon dioxide in ice cores have remained between 180 and 300 parts per million. On the other side, the level of C02 in recent years has risen sharply to at least 380 parts per million. In the past, these natural emissions have been balanced by absorptions of the nature, such as by photosynthesis. However, these days there is more emission of CO2 into the atmosphere than it can be absorbed and this is the main problem.
And why it is a problem? Well, because the temperature of the planet increases and this affects every part of the planet and this does not only affects the lives of people, but also the wildlife. A lots of species face potential extinction. Regarding to the human population, a significant increase of social and political problems can be seen. Furthermore, migration increases because of the climate changes along with water and food shortages in some regions.
Although the pace of contemporary life-style can not be slowed down completely, some modifications in behavior can affect the rate of climate changes. The rate of CO2 emissions can be reduced by new, low carbon technologies. More importantly, the changes have to involve everyone and start at an individual level.
With so much information out there about global warming and the effects that are causing natural disasters, is there anything we as individuals can do
to make a difference? Yep! You don’t need to move mountains, but a small pebble can really make ripples that can create positive changes world
wide. Here’s a few “pebbles” you can use today!
We all feel we have a purpose in life. As more of us become aware of the damaging effects of global warming, we are also concerned about practical
solutions to the problem. Most importantly, how can we fit in as part of the solution, instead of the problem?
Unfortunately, many of us become overwhelmed when we watch the ever-increasing natural disasters and it starts to feel like the world is crashing
around us. I remember watching the plane hit the World Trade Center over and over and over again. I remember being completely paralyzed to the
television. Sleep was optional, but only in between important news breaks. I felt helpless. I wanted to understand the reasoning behind the attacks to
ease my fears of possible future attacks, but I mainly wanted a sense of control back into my life.