Drew's Climate Change Blog

February 21, 2016

Why we should go “Green”

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Drew @ 5:41 pm

Humans should go green because of how much CO2 we put in the air. One way to reduce the CO2 that is put in the air is by eating less red meat. Livestock such as cattle and sheep produce methane which has a lot of CO2 in it. This CO2 is released directly into the atmosphere. The reduction in CO2 would not only improve our air quality, but it would also reduce the CO2 in the waters. This reduction in CO2 in the waters will also reduce the acidity in the ocean.

Also, we could use “green electricity”, which is the use of renewable energies such as solar, wind, and water. This reduce the CO2 in the air that comes from our very limited fossil-fuels. The use of “green electricity” will not change your everyday usage of electricity; it will just give you a cleaner source of energy. Also, making your house more energy efficient will also help with less usage of fossil-fuels and also cost less money in the long run. If your house is well insulated, then instead of using a heater, just put on an extra layer. Instead of turning on the air conditioner, open a window and turn on a fan. Another way to make your house energy efficient is buying appliances that are energy or water efficient. By being more efficient it will not only save you money, but also created less of a CO2 impact.

Walking, taking a bike, or using public transportation also will help reduce the CO2 in the air. If two people are using two cars to get from point A to point B then the CO2 emissions from just those two vehicles would be double compared to them carpooling.

In general a lot of what humans do every day create a lot of CO2 gasses that get sent into the atmosphere. We should go green because of how the CO2 we release affects the environment that we live in. As the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere increase so does the Earth’s temperature as seen in the diagram below.

As the amount of CO2 increases less of the infrared rays get out because they become trapped by the Greenhouse Gasses in our atmosphere. This increase in temperature will not only affect every day life on land, but also in the ocean. By the average temperature of the Earth increasing, it causes the polar ice caps to melt. This melting increases the sea levels, which will cause sea grass and coral reefs to drown. If coral reefs die out then a quarter of the ocean’s sea life will loose their homes. If the amount of CO2 is decreased then the infrared rays will be able to leave the atmosphere, thus returning the Earth’s increasing temperature to normal.

 


Sources:

http://bravenewclimate.com/2008/08/29/top-10-ways-to-reduce-your-co2-emissions-footprint/

http://www.lbhf.gov.uk/Directory/Environment_and_Planning/Carbon_reduction/CO2_and_why_we_need_to_reduce_it/175453_CO2_and_why_we_need_to_reduce_it.asp

 

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