“The warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evidenced by observations of increases in global mean air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and a rise in global mean sea level.” – Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
We are past the debate over whether or not climate change is happening. The global mean surface temperature record clearly shows a continuous and increasing trend, glaciers are melting and sea level is rising. Many would argue that the natural state of the planet is one of change, and they would be just as correct. But what is happening now is an unprecedented and unnatural change that has the potential to affect humanity as a whole, very negatively indeed.
It is very likely that most of the increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century has been attributed to the observed increases in human-made greenhouse gas concentrations. Human influence is also evident in most other manifestations of climate change. There is no doubt that we have and are still changing the climate system.
Unfortunately, for at least the next 20 years, we actually made our own bed that now requires sleep. Since there is a “lag” in the climate system due to processes such as feedback and the ability of the ocean to absorb heat, warming in the next 20 years is absolutely inevitable. Even if greenhouse gas concentrations are kept constant at 2,000 levels, there will still be warming over the next 20 years. That’s how sensitive the climate system is, right now we’re probably only feeling the greenhouse gases (and other man-made effects) that were released decades ago. The impact of what we do today is yet to come.
That’s why we all need to start thinking very seriously about the way we treat our planet. I haven’t touched on the negative effects of climate change or mistreatment of the environment because frankly, it’s frustrating. No matter who you are or what you think, large-scale global climate changes will affect you. It’s not just geeks who worry about these things. Economic depression, mass human displacement, drought, flood, famine and many more are on paper.
I would say there is a good lesson we can learn from watching what we did. That is, we now realize that we have the power to change our own planet. Through our decisions and actions we can shape the world the way we choose. If we all decide to fix the mistakes of the past and change the future for the better, we can.
Fortunately, each of us is in a position to start making changes from… well now. By starting to use clean technologies that reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and things like that, we can start tipping the scales again in our favor. Another benefit (I think anyway) to living a more efficient life is actually financial. People are aware of the need for alternative energy and I think all of that was really necessary. These days, one can generate more than enough power using solar and wind energy to power a home, and you can even buy a guide that shows you how to convert your car to run on a mixture of gas and water, effectively producing a type of hydrogen fuel cell.
I’m afraid I don’t have time to research all the different ways you can use it to get cheaper and cleaner energy, but I personally used a couple of methods. I recommend building your own solar and wind power and running your car on water. I’ve done both and both actually work.
So, if I can suggest something, I would advise you not to take my word for it and check out some effective techniques. You don’t even have to care about the environment or something, renewable energy will save you a lot of money. The links below are where I got my renewable energy technology, both very good reviews so you can choose for yourself.
Good luck and God bless you