Global warming.  you hear about it every day, but do really know what's happening and how to fix it?  Global warming is caused by the excess of greenhoe gasses in the atmosphere. Lots of things are responsible for the release of greenhouse gases.  The worst offender is the burning of fossil fuels like oil and coal (in factories, cars, power plants, etc.) Deforestation is another major cause of global warming as trees soak up greenhouse gases when they are alive but release them when they are cut down or burned. All of these extra gases in the atmosphere act ike an insulating blanket over the planet.

The result? Warming temperatures.   Even the slightest increases in temperature can have a drastic effect on the planet. Higher temps have already caused glaciers in the Arctic to melt, resulting in the loss of habitat for many animals as well as a rise in sea levels. If global warming continues unchecked, it can cause extreme weather conditions (droughts, floods, heat waves, hurricanes, and blizzards), a rise in the incidence of tropical diseases, and changes to the world’s agricultural seasons. All of these effects can add up to some serious problems for the economy and dangerous consequences for the health of humans, plants, and animals on the planet.

So how can we fix it?  The gases that are in the Earth’s atmosphere now, and the ones that are being pumped out today, will remain in the atmosphere for the better part of the next century. So global warming will happen, but it is still possible to ensure that the effects of global warming don’t become catastrophic, if we act now. Politicians have been arguing about global warming for years…without solving anything. The time has come to stop counting on politicians and start reversing this dangerous trend. Here’s how:

Use Less Energy…in your home, at school, and on the go

  • Don’t drive
  • Turn off the lights
  • Take shorter showers
  • Turn down your thermostat
  • Eat less meat
Plant more trees...
  • at home
  • at work
  • at school
  • in your community
  • around the world

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