For a long time, I did not believe in climate change. I used to think, “The earth can’t possibly change. It will always be the same.” After educating myself through vigorous research, I now do believe in climate change. But there is a difference. There are two sides to this. One is that the earth is changing in weather patterns. The other side is that we (humans) are the cause for this. While I agree that humans play a huge part, I do not believe that we are the sole cause. It may be hard to believe, because this earth is so large and we are so “small,” our population is quickly rising.
According to National Geographic’s “the knowledgebook,” we are a key cause to air pollution. “Human beings have scarcely taken environmental considerations into account over the course of their developmental history. With the industrial revolution, the use of coal energy- a key contributor to environmental pollution- rose enormously. Environmental damage has also been caused by waste from the chemical industry and increasing vehicle traffic.” And, according to http://www.windows2universe.org, air pollution includes greenhouse gases, which include carbon dioxide, which contributes to climate change. “Greenhouse gases cause global warming by trapping heat from the Sun in the Earth’s atmosphere.”
“Burning fossil fuels also produces the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane. The release of these gases increases the Earth’s natural greenhouse effect, thus warming the atmosphere.” Says the knowledgebook.
This does not mean that I believe we are all going to explode and it’s going to be the end of the world, like some people do. However, that does not mean that I want people to sit aside and do nothing. We should try as best as we can to help this earth, and I believe that we need to invest in more renewable energy, because America is too high for their pollution and environmental destruction rates. The country that has the most pollution is China, and we are right behind them. I do not want our country to be as polluted as China!
I wish that America would invest in more renewable energy sources instead of nonrenewable sources (coal, oil, etc).
We need to cherish this earth, and love the nature that was given to us.