Global warming is one of the most challenging environmental problems that exist today. It threatens the health of the earth inhabitants and the world economies every day. With global warming, comes longer and more intense heat waves and storms. Along with those climate changes come more pests, which in turn can carry devastating diseases.
Forestry and farming are feeling the negative impact of global warming, and we also see traces of a devastated ecosystem. To prevent further damage and start repairing the damaging effects of global warming, policies must be implemented and diligently enforced.
Energy conservation is the only policy that I would put into effect. This policy would be very broad, encompassing as many aspects of energy use as possible.
The first item on the table would be to force automobile manufacturers to produce only vehicles with high MPG ratings and eventually to develop new models that are not run on gasoline alone. Such vehicles are known as hybrids and are run on a combination of electricity and gasoline. Currently, the technology is available to manufacture cars with 40+ mpg ratings; however, the concern lies with the increasing number of trucks and SUVs that are known worldwide as ‘gas-guzzlers.’ These larger vehicles are becoming more and more prevalent and currently do not meet any efficiency standards. Demanding that all new SUVs and trucks from this point should be as fuel-efficient as their smaller counterparts, would be a large step in the way of vehicle efficiency and pave the way for less gasoline reliance. This, in turn, will allow for fewer emissions of carbon dioxide from the vehicles that we have all come to rely on for our sole source of transportation.
The next policy to implement would be related to the field of techs. According to one, all technology items should be developed to make all appliances run efficiently – from refrigerators and stoves on down to video game equipment and lamps. Every piece of machinery or device that we own uses energy in some way, shape, or form. Large pieces of industrial equipment and even residential equipment require a lot of energy to run, thereby contributing to the world’s air pollution. If we would require that manufacturers of such items follow strict guidelines of energy efficiency, not only would users save money, but also energy use would be at a minimum. Thus, less air pollution would be created.
Some headway is being made in this area, but not enough and not nearly fast enough. We see most progress being made in the residential areas. The examples are Energy Star appliances and compact, fluorescent light bulbs. However, everything coming onto the market needs to be required to be energy efficient according to pre-determined standards, and we can’t continue to bypass the industrial aspect of this.
The last policy that should be implemented revolves around recycling. For instance, the requirement that all packaging should be recyclable and that it should be made from recycled materials would change the global situation significantly. The point is that recycling helps the environment by conserving our natural resources, saving energy, reducing air and water pollution, as well as reducing the need for landfill space. Currently, many recycling programs are being implemented worldwide, but there are no policies that enforce its unequivocal use, yet this is one of the easiest ways of protecting our environment. In order to make sure that any of the policies mentioned above are going to be successful, all businesses and consumers need to participate actively. Following the reduce, reuse, and recycle methodology will help to decrease the amount of energy that is used during the elimination of waste products.
Finally, it is important to speak up. What is the best way that you can make a serious impact on global climate change? You can follow the example of a well-known Swedish girl Greta Thunberg! A young phenomenon continues to inspire youth all over the globe to stand up and protest against all hazardous climate change. In addition to talking to your family and friends, you have an opportunity to let the whole world know about how serious the current climate situation is.
Today, thousands of young women and men all over the globe are concerned about their future and highly inspired by the words of this 15-year-old Swedish girl in her speech, “I will be 75 years old in 2078. If I have children, they might spend the day with me and ask me about you, and why you didn’t do anything while there was still time to act. You say you love your children, but you are still robbing them of the future.” The phenomenon of Greta can be easily explained by the fact that this girl has become the voice of the people. We see her being genuine and never associate her with any of the existing powers. What is more, Greta Thunberg tends to make something that is quite concrete not only by her down-to-earth appearance but also because Swedish activist speaks to people’s feelings. And what is that? Yes, it is something that we can definitely understand. In other words, it is much easier to get the idea of Greta’s points of view than to check the Paris Agreement.
In other words, by voicing your worries and raising awareness about this global concern – directly to your family and friends or via social media – you have an opportunity to send the right message, as well as show that you do care about the issues related to global warming. Encourage the society that you live in to pass new laws in order to limit pollutions all over the world. The point is that every person can protect the land that he or she lives in and much more.
Healing this world starts in your dining room, in your bathroom, in your kitchen, and your garage. It is important to keep in mind that equal significant contributions can be made absolutely by all people with no exception.