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.
Global Warming – Whose Responsibility Is It?
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.
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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