What are the messages our planet is sending us?
We must pay attention
. For a long time now, we have been hearing governments talk about “Global Warming.” Do we really understand the importance of it? Global Warming can be explained by answering 3 simple questions:
What is Global Warming?
The average global temperature is increasing every year. Over the last 50 years the rate of increasing temperatures has risen the fastest. If temperatures continue to rise over the next century, temperatures could increase up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
What causes Global Warming?
Normally, the sun's radiation bounces off the earth and returns to space. Due to the large amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other pollutants accumulated in the atmosphere, radiation cannot bounce back into space. Heat is then trapped in the atmosphere causing the planet to get hotter.
How is extreme weather linked to Global Warming?
Scientists believe that temperature increases generate longer and hotter heat waves, heavier rainfall, frequent droughts and more powerful hurricanes. The ocean's temperature is warmer, and tropical storms form only over warm ocean waters, so Global Warming creates not only more storms but more powerful ones as well. Antarctica has been losing tons of ice per year, causing sea levels to rise, which will lead to coastal flooding.
Global Warming should not only concern our governments. We should all be involved to help our planet. Even small changes can make a difference. We would like to share some effective ways to contribute to healing the planet:
- To power your home, choose a company that is certified by Green-e-Energy and generates some of its power from wind or solar sources.
- If it's possible, invest in clean energy in your home with solar PV systems
- Improve your home's seal drafts and ensure your home is insulated adequately.
- If you are planning to change your refrigerator, washing machine or other appliances, look for the Energy Star label, which means it is an energy efficient product.
- Reduce water waste by taking shorter showers, turning off the tap while brushing your teeth, and choosing WaterSense label products, which means certified products for water efficiency and performance.
- Eat the food you buy and try to eat local food. All countries use energy to grow, process, pack and ship food, so avoid waste, and buy only what you are going to eat. Try not to buy food that comes from other states and countries. There is a lot of energy used to bring it to your table, inside buy only seasonal and locally produced food.
- Change your light bulbs from conventional incandescent to Led Bulbs, which use 80% less energy.
- Unplug all devices when you are not using them. All electronics use energy even when they are not on.
- Adjust your computer to power down when you are not using it.
- If you can, use Gas-smart cars, like a hybrid and fully electric vehicles. You will save money and fuel. If you can't, try to do car-pool or use public transportation and ride a bike or walk short distances.
- Keep your car tires properly inflated and change the air filter, believe it or not you will save fuel.
- When traveling, if you can, change the airplane to train. And when using an airplane book direct flights, avoid layovers.
Some of these changes are very simple and you could easily start today. Our planet is sending us a message with every natural disaster. Think about these disasters: earthquakes in Italy and Mexico, monsoon rains in India, Bangladesh and Nepal, landslides in Switzerland and China, and very recently, powerful hurricanes in Texas, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Miami. Global Warming is something that we should all care about. Let's all become a part of the solution.