Frustrations I have observed
By Justin Harris
I am writing due to frustrations I have observed in our society today. I do not understand why, or how, there are still questions surrounding global warming. Too many people just see global warming as the polar bears disappearing and the oceans rising, but let me tell you there is so much more to it than that.
We are depleting the world's resources at alarming rates, and creating harmful bi-products.
For you who do not believe, and are denying the facts, or feel that it is going to happen no matter what; well these people should take a closer look. We are depleting the world's resources at alarming rates, and creating harmful bi-products. This is causing hunger, poverty, disease, rising oceans, pollution, financial problems, and more. There are many issues involved with global warming that make the big picture.
While depleting the earth's natural resources we are boosting the price of raw materials, and this pattern will stay course if we not make changes. This is why recycling is so important, because we can help the earth, and guarantee that prices of recyclable items will have steady rates. Besides have you seen what improperly disposed trash is doing to our world? Birds are dying by the multitudes due to trash they eat that then stay inside their stomachs; the birds then starve to death as they cannot digest what is in their stomachs. Across the globe, in places surrounded by ocean currents, we are getting a toilet bowl effect and the water has become like plastic soup.
Our populations are increasing which creates more increasing demands for food. Legal/illegal hunters and fishers are bringing many species existence to an end. You may say well what is the big deal; when they are gone we will eat something else, but it is not that simple. For example, off of the coast of Africa we are seeing enormous amounts of fish die from a yellow colored substance in the water. This is happening because of sardines. This kind of fish has almost been wiped out and what they are not eating now is causing the problem. Their food source, if not eaten, dies and will sink to the bottom where it traps poisions which then are released to the surfaces when they reach harmful levels that kill everything in its way. What will happen in the days to come if we do not sustainably harvest other species? Well no one can say, but we certainly do no want to experience more tragedies like this.
We are scheduled to run out of most energy sources that we have relied on so heavily in the near future. Aside from the greenhouse gasses they are emitting into our air, their cost can only increase. How can some people even question renewable energy sources? You say that their costs are higher now the current sources, but I say a little more money now to ensure a steady rate for the future is a no brainer. For instance, here on the Cape there is an enormous wind project is has almost gotten the go ahead and those who are against it say it will ruin our views of the ocean along with it being slightly more expensive. Well the entire Cape is a peninsula that has thousands upon thousands of beautiful places to catch a nice view. Is there any sense in the argument to sustain one view instead of creating an environmentally sound power source that will produce seventy-five percent of the Cape's power needs. Then there is that issue of cost. Yes, wind will cost a little more initially, but that cost is a steady rate. Wind will always cost the same amount of money, but oil will undoubtedly be much higher in ten or twenty years along with the death sentence is gives our o-zone.
Another problem in the global warming crisis is world water. The greenhouse gasses are heating the earth, and causing climates to change. This will stop rain to some areas that were developed because of steady rain, which will then become their demise. Places that rely on summer melting of snow will need to find other sources as the warmer whether is allowing less ice to build up in the mountains. Now as far as the actual supply of water is concerned we have plenty, but not when you add in another factor. Pollution from fertilizers, pesticides, and corporations are contaminating water sources every day. The price of water is basically nothing while there are billions and billions that will be needed in the close future for infrastructure. Water is something that so many people take for granted, but it is very precious and some are being forced to realize this.
So what I say you to you editor and your readers is look closer.
The effects of global warming can be seen in every little section of our lives, and are having nothing but devastating consequences. Just look closer, and consider the earth you inhabit as a gift, and not just another part of life to take for granted. Some tragedies are inevitable, but we can lessen the effects of many. We will also stop horrifying events from happening that are unknown as of today, and hopefully the green revolution will continue to save the earth.