Since the first industrial revolution began in the 1700s and 1800s, the world’s economy has grown rapidly modeling the earth’s environment to a civilized form. As years pass by, the world’s population increases, and the rate at which industries manufacture products goes higher to meet humans needs. This process has been a solid productivity level but has slowly damaged our planet.
What is happening
We’ve come to realize how fast our world is changing from how it was many years ago. If your response to the questions below is yes, then our planet isn’t what it use to be and needs to be taken care of.
Have you ever noticed the weather these days is hotter than usual? that oceans are rising above the sea level? and that some parts of the earth are experiencing constant flooding?
All of the above issues are known to be a result of climate change or global warming. This means that the earth is now hotter and would be hotter in years to come if no action is taken.
The natural way
The sun as a source of energy has been beneficial to every living thing on earth. On a daily basis, the energy from the sun hits the earth and bounces back. But during this process, some of the energy is trapped by greenhouse gasses (GHG) which include Carbon Dioxide Co2, Methane Ch4, and Nitrous Oxide. The trapped energy in form of heat is beneficial important to keep the earth warm for survival.
How are we the problem
The amount of energy trapped from the sun for survival is naturally regulated. But since industrialization began, the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere has rapidly increased leading to more trapping of solar energy from the sun, which leads to more heat on our planet.
Every now and then, we are amazed by how our cities are civilized and how products are being produced without knowing the amount of energy required, and how much of co2 (greenhouse gas) were exposed into our atmosphere.
Some of the products manufactured by industries end up causing air pollution to our environment on a daily.
Vehicles, for example, requires a specific amount of energy before it gets manufactured. And after a customer buys the vehicle, another amount of energy is required to drive it. More energy more Co2.
In fact, as of 2019, transportation was marked as the highest source of greenhouse gasses emission in the USA.
The agricultural sector is another means of greenhouse gasses to our atmosphere. Most of the red meats, rice, and other livestock productions consume a large amount of energy which ends up as Co2 in the air.
Another source of gasses in the atmosphere is the waste from cows which decomposes as methane gas.
Deforestation is another issue our planet is facing today. In our own eyes, forests and trees are being cut down to build industries and factories, forgetting that trees help to reduce the amount of co2 in the air and help to keep the air fresh with oxygen.
Our planet needs help
Since the issues have been discussed, how can we cut down the amount of greenhouse gasses being released into the atmosphere?
The following steps if taken would drastically drop the rate at which our planet is hitting up.
Reusable energy has doubtlessly known to be the best source of energy. If industries and household activities are being run on renewable energy, the amount of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere will drop dramatically.
Two examples of reusable energy are Solar and wind energy. The interesting fact about these types of energy is that they are unlimited. The sun shines daily likewise how the wind blows.
If every single household would be able to plant trees yearly or in a space of every six months, our environment will be full of green spaces which automatically reduces the amount of co2 in the air and increases the rate of fresh air in our surroundings.
Eat less meat or no meat
Since the agricultural production of meat is one of the sources of greenhouse gasses, and the consumption of the meat itself is a source of nutrients to humans, eating less red meats would reduce methane and co2 in our atmosphere. Also, too much red meat is bad for one’s health. So, cutting down the consumption of red meats it’s a win-win for humans. Replacing meats with plants products would be a better approach too.
Household appliances and automation
- Use electric cars instead of fuel/gas cars
- Walk to places or ride on bicycles ( another form of exercise)
- Use public transportation to limit the amount of vehicles and co2 on the road.
- Use energy-efficient light bulbs
- Turn off bulbs when not in use
- Sun dry your clothes instead of using dryers
Well, the dangers and solution to these issues aren’t new to us but seems to have been ignored by humans due to lack of policies.
A year ago, the coronavirus pandemic shut down every country in the world. But with a policy like the Lockdown rules, many lives were saved. It’d be highly beneficial to us now and the future generations if only the governments of every nation set policies to safeguard our planet.
Government doing the right thing is one, we as individuals doing our best is another. Sharing useful information to family and friends is recommended for a wider spread of what is happening.
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