Global Warming has become a heated controversy between the believers, the non-believers, and the many that are not completely sure. Experts quarrel over facts and numbers, natural or man made, while many people make money from all the different sides. Does all this arguing even matter when the possibilities of devastation are irreplaceable? We are already feeling the affects and it is only predicted to get far worse. Still, there are people that do not believe Global Warming exists. Is it the way they are looking at it? Would people feel differently if we used the phrase Climate Change instead?
The Webster Dictionary defines Global Warming as an increase in the earth’s atmospheric and oceanic temperatures widely predicted to occur due to an increase in the greenhouse effect resulting especially from pollution.
It is hard to argue against an increase in the Earths temperature. We have all felt it. Actually, we have been living with record-breaking weather extremes. It has been extremely hot and extra cold with tons of natural disasters all around the world. We are definitely living the affects of climate change.
The reasons for the changes are where the arguments begin. Some view that climate change is naturally occurring, while others believe we are the cause. In reality, they are both right. The Earth is in the midst of climate change but at an accelerated rate due to us. The fact is history tells us the Earth’s natural climate changes of highs and lows have historically moved with evolution limiting the number of extinctions at a given time. The few times there has been a mass extinction external forces have affected climate change and natural disasters. For instance, the external force for the Dinosaur extinction was a meteorite. The external force accelerates natural climate changes causing the process to be unnatural in turn throwing off the functioning of nature. Right now, changes within climates are moving faster than evolution. The Polar Bears can vouch for that. Today, the rate of extinction is almost ten-thousand times the natural extinction rate. We are the exterior force at play. We do not live along side the natural world; instead, we manipulate and pollute the Earth everyday.
This brings us to the second part of the definition of Global Warming with the Greenhouse effect and pollution. We all know people pollute the Earth. What people argue about is the degree of pollution and its affect on the natural world. There is plenty of evidence that pollution harms living organisms and things. Most people would not argue that polluted water would cause sickness and possible death. The pollution associated with the Greenhouse effect is not a visible harm. It affects the Earths atmosphere with an increase of heat-trapping “greenhouse gasses’ that prevents heat from escaping. Try to imagine that the Earth is a greenhouse and the gasses are the glass panels.
People will continue to argue about the Greenhouse effect and our role in it. Global Warming will continue to be a heated debate between experts and neighbors. The arguments will continue as icebergs melt and hurricanes triple season after season until something gives way. Let the arguing continue but let change begin. The possible devastation is irreplaceable. What do you have to lose besides a few bucks? If you have a problem with Global Warming then focus on the fact that we are living in a time of climate change and anything is possible. Allow change and take your first steps for your future, your children and their children’s future, for all life on planet Earth.
I leave you with an analogy to ponder about life.
If we look at life as a train traveling down a track, the environment is the conditions of the cars, and the cars carry all life including us. Each car can hold a different opinion but overall it does not matter if the cars are falling apart. What matters is doing the maintenance required to keep the cars going down the track. That we find a mutual understanding of saving the life already present. People need to come together with their many different opinions, put aside, for the well-being of the environment. The condition of the cars we travel in day by day through life.