Global warming is now a serious issue and that it has threatened us in many ways. Increased natural catastrophic events such as hurricanes and tornadoes, melting of ice cap at the north and South Pole which lead to rise of sea level, flooding and storms, spread of infectious diseases are the common yet deadly negative effects of global warming.
If unrestricted fossil burning is continued for the next 50 years, the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere will go up, causing the earth to further warming which will lead to massive ice cap melting at the north and South Pole, causing the rise of sea level and flooding. Catastrophic events will be more aggressive and destructive, and spreads of infectious diseases will be wider and more powerful.
To prevent the world from continuous warming, we need to do something. It is us that caused the global warming, it must be us to make a stop to it!
There are lots of things that we as an individual can do to help to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide and thus help to reduce global warming.
Change the AC Filter
Clean or replace dirty air conditioner filters as necessary.
Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
Use Less Water Whenever Possible
Plant a Tree
Help reduce carbon dioxide by planting more trees. Plants and trees will absorb carbon dioxide during its photosynthesis and will help reduce the carbon dioxide concentration.
Insulate Your Water Heater
Insulate your water heater as this will prevent the heat loss, which means less energy will be consumed.
Replace Old Appliances
Old appliances will waste energy due to inefficiency. Replace it with a energy star appliances to efficiently save energy.
Unplug Un-Used Electronics
Unplug electronic devices from the wall socket as they will consume energy even when they are turned off.
Air Dry Your Clothes
Prevent using electronic dryer in the spring and summer, air dry your clothes to save more energy.
Switch to a Tankless Water Heater
Tanked water will constantly consume energy to heat the water, switch to tankless water heater where water is heated as you use it to help reduce energy consumption.
Switch to Double Pane Windows
Double pane windows keep more heat inside your home so less energy will be consumed.
Inflate Your Tires
IKeep the tires on your car adequately inflated and have them checked monthly. This will save fuel on your car.
Change Your Air Filter
Check your car air filter regularly and clean or replace it necessarily. This will improve your car efficiency in fuel burning thus saving you money and help reduce emission of carbon dioxide.
Buy a Hybrid Car
If you plan to buy a car, consider a hybrid car as this will save an average 16,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $3,750 per year.
Buy a Fuel Efficient Car
If you do not prefer a hybrid car, try buying a fuel efficient car as it will save lots of fuel per year, and save thousands of carbon dioxide and lots of money per year.
Carpool When You Can
Are you still driving alone to your workplace? Practice carpool! This will save you fuels and money, and it will save averagely 790 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year.
Switch to Public Transit
You can try switching from driving to taking public transit as this will save you money on fuel and help reduce the emission of carbon dioxide from your vehicle.
Buy Products Locally
Buy the products you need locally instead of from a place that is far from you as this will save the energy required to deliver your products to you.
Buy Minimally Packaged Goods
Buy products that are of less or no packaging as this will reduce your garbage by about 10% and save 1,200 lbs of carbon dioxide and $1,000 per year.
Buy Organic Food
Buying and consuming organic food not only bring healthier life to you, but also reduce the water pollution by chemicals found in modern agricultural practice, and reduce the energy required to produce.
Bring Cloth Bags to the Market
Try bringing your own cloth bag when you are going to the market, avoid plastic or paper bags and you can reduce waste.
The efforts of reducing global warming are not only the responsibility of individuals, the world nations should also play a major role in combating global warming.
The Kyoto Protocol objective is to stabilize the greenhouse gases concentration in the atmosphere to a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.
The treaty was negotiated in Kyoto, Japan in December 1997, opened for signature on March 16, 1998, and closed on March 15, 1999. The agreement came into force on February 16, 2005. A total of 169 countries and other governmental entities have ratified the agreement as of December 2006. India and China, which have also ratified this protocol, are not required to reduce carbon dioxide emissions under the present agreement despite their relatively large populations. The United States and Australia refused to ratify this protocol.
Energy generation from the burning of coals should be reduced and replaced by clean and environmental friendly energy generator such as wind, solar, and wave energy, geothermal, and hydroelectric energy. This kind of energy generators are typically renewable and non-polluting energy sources.
The transportation efficiency can be enhanced by building roads and designing connectivity between them in such a way that will reduce traffic volumes. Increasing the public transit services and easing accessibility to them will also help reduce the use of vehicles.
Global warming is serious problem to our planet, it causes disorders to the earth ecosystem, destructive catastrophic events are happening more frequently than before, temperature increase that caused people dead from extreme heat and spreads of infectious diseases, and many more negative impacts on the organisms on the earth. These are the consequences of anthropogenic interference with the climate change, or global warming.
We must take actions now to save our planet, to give a break to it, and to rejuvenate the earth with fresh and clean air. We can help reduce global warming by taking the above mentioned actions into practice. Spread your knowledge to your friends and families. Take charge, together we can save the world!