Thursday, February 26, 2015

We All Have a Responsibility to Act on Global Climate Threat

Dear Editor,

I am writing to express my concern about the approaching threat climate change poses to our country and to our people. Despite the lack of awareness surrounding the topic, an overwhelming number of scientists agree that climate change is occurring at an unprecedented rate. In fact, if we do not act fast, its effects on our planet may soon be irreversible.

The U.S. is responsible for the largest share of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and yet, for years, politicians have blocked legislation on climate change by hanging by the words of a handful scientists who claim that greenhouse gases pose little risk to humanity. My belief, however, is that the government should begin proposing policy change that reduces greenhouse gas emissions. These proposed cuts in global gas emissions are necessary to allow our climate to re-stabilize.

The easiest way to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions is simply to buy less stuff in whatever capacity we can in our individual lives. Cutting back on something as simple as grocery bags can go a long way, as less consumption results in fewer fossil fuels being burned to produce plastic bags. Any time consumers can purchase reused materials is best. Thinking green when making purchases can make a world of difference on the environment.

As new standards for cars become more prominent in the automobile industry, people should become more conscious about the harmful effects that some cars have over other, more eco-friendly ones. If possible, cutting back on long-distance travel can also reduce the amount of gas emission that is released into the atmosphere. Switching to walking, cycling or walking can help.

As inhabitants of this planet, we have a moral and social responsibility to seek new alternatives to fossil based fuels that harm human health, causes global warming, degrades land and marine ecosystems, and pollutes the earth. I am sure that we can use our advancements in technology to find clean, renewable and reliable energy that does not threaten the environment.

Solar panels are just another way that people can take individual action against this problem in addition to unplugging the number of electronic devices in their homes. Too often do microwaves and television sets stay plugged in to walls, draining energy that is not being used.

I understand that focusing on climate change is just one of many issues during these challenging times, but we cannot wait until global climate change poses a very real threat to the future of humanity. What good is there in calling ourselves a developed country, when we fail to use our technological advancements to create and sustain positive change for planet earth?

Vanna Garcia

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