Global Warming – Whose Responsibility Is It?

by blackspanielgallery

Global warming is a problem, and it is up to us to do what we can, no matter how small, to help abate the problem.

Global warming, also known as the greenhouse effect, is now more evident than ever. In the 1980s a few sounded the alarm. As I recall, others were predicting impending glaciation from a cooling planet. It took some time, and a lot of evidence, to show the direction of climate change. Now, with the depletion of polar ice, the retreat of glaciers, and the increase in the number and severity of storms, global warming has established itself as a major risk to the future of the Earth.

The Risk Is Real

Climate change brings about a shift in wind patterns.  While we often see the storms on the news, droughts are another, albeit less publicized, consequence of climate change.  In fact, any adverse weather pattern that did not exist in an area in the past could be the result of a change in upper winds, and attributed to climate change.

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Is Global Warming a Man-Made Problem?

There is uncertainty here.  Man certainly has contributed, but to what extent?  The Earth does naturally go through warming cycles, but the timing is such that as man added significantly to pollution the problem has grown. 


Think of it like this, a swimming pool is being filled and will soon overflow.  If a person adds a few spoons of water, is it really significant?  How about a few buckets of water, would that make a difference?  Or perhaps a person holds a hose and adds a significant amount of water.  We really do not know which scenario is real, but we are adding to the problem.  The question is how much?


Then comes another question of whether we as individuals are responsible, or is it corporations?


If we cannot control the problem from having occurred, are we responsible for trying to fix it?  And, how much can we as individuals, or as groups of individuals do?  Are we like the person dumping a spoon of water into a swimming pool?


Well, if we try we might just be successful.  To do nothing is not an option we should embrace.  Omission is a serious problem, so it is imperative that we act.  

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Updated: 08/05/2018, blackspanielgallery
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blackspanielgallery on 08/18/2018

Thanks for adding to the article.

DerdriuMarriner on 08/18/2018

blackspanielgallery, Thank you for the information and product line. One of the best ways to figure out what to do is to go through the Master Gardener and Master Naturalist programs. Water quality monitoring through Izaak Walton League/Save Our Streams is part of the post-training community projects of the latter and provides the former with options for post-training yearly education requirements. Both programs stress environmentally friendly interactions with nature, be those relationships cultivated or wild.

blackspanielgallery on 08/06/2018

Thanks for the comments.

frankbeswick on 08/06/2018

Your metaphor of the swimming pool is an effective way of explaining the problem.

WriterArtist on 08/06/2018

Humans have expedited Global Warming, there is evidence. Perhaps planet earth had a better chance of survival, had this intelligent species not invaded.

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