Monday, February 05, 2007

Global warming and thinking green

Global warming is no longer a POSSIBLE phenomenon. Global warming is already here, it's real and it’s happening at the point of “no return”. Global warming is happening presumably due to the accumulation of CO2 and other green house gases in the atmosphere. An article in Independent online published in February 2006, said that the global amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is already above its threshold, which is 400 ppm. Shockingly, the predicted amount (the time the article was published) was already 425 ppm. Whether we like it or not, we are now facing a time where the unpredictable will most likely happen.

The earth is changing...

In the past year, slight climate anomalies have happened all across the globe. Heat waves, hurricanes, melting ice caps, endless rain, and warm winters (no snow!! Can you believe that?), are all just glimpses of what might come to happen next. By 2100, the global temperature is predicted to rise up to 6oC with a 58-centimeter rise in sea level. In their recent report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has charged MANKIND as the guilty party. So what's new? The question is, how did we do it, and what can we do now?

Plants are key organisms in maintaining our climate, because, along with several microbes, they are the only ones who can convert CO2 efficiently into Oxygen. Thus far, most of us have neglected the importance of plants in maintaining our way of life. From 1990 to 1997, every year we lost forests equal to 8285714 football (not American) fields. It means that every hour from 1990 to 1997, we lost forests equal to 945 football fields. The destruction nowadays might be even vaster. This amazing phenomenon itself is more than enough to cause the so-called global climate change (Not to mention the extensive CO2 released to the atmosphere by human activity, and other causes).

Our number one life supporter

Plants are invaluable to us. We have to be more aware of that. They are the only ones who can convert the sun’s energy to be able to be enjoyed by other beings, convert CO2 into oxygen that enables us to live, to breath and of course keeps CO2 from accumulating in the atmosphere (which is the main cause of global warming). From now on, it would definitely help if EVERYONE started thinking “green”. Protecting them means protecting us. Planting and growing them means investing for our future. And being aware of their condition means being aware of life itself. If all of us think "green", I’m sure we can make a difference.

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