Nguyen, Dung Tien
ENG 100, WM 1:00-3:10pm
October 21, 2014
Today, the Earth is getting hotter for many different reasons. Nature or humans can cause this. Global warming is the cause of many natural problems such as forest fires or droughts. However, many people do not know what global warming is. Thus, what we have to do is attempt to explain to them what global warming is and find the methods necessary to reduce this problem.
What is global warming? Many people do not know the answer. This happens when the atmosphere gets thicker because greenhouse gases accumulate and the sunrays cannot escape. This makes the Earth get hotter. There are many reasons increased greenhouse gases are caused by human activity. Nowadays, heavy industry is more widespread and developed. Therefore, demands of building more industrial parks are increasing, especially in developing countries where there are many work resources with low salary. Companies from developed countries give their aid to those countries and co-operate to produce their products there. For example, Vietnam has attracted many countries’ aid in the recent years. Some industrial parks were built and Japanese companies like Honda or Toyota use most of them. The factories there and the factories of Vietnam contribute to the air pollution. Carbon dioxide in smog that is produced from these factories and vehicles make the environment around them changes. In Nguyen 2
addition, improvement of power plants are placed, the environment and eco system are changed. This effects on humans’ health and lives too much. Not only that, if something wrong occurs inside the plants, they can become a nuclear bomb and destroy the environment around them. For instance, perhaps we have not forgotten what happened in Fukushima Power Plant some years ago; the ecosystem surrounding the power plant was destroyed. Furthermore, global warming is the cause of forest fires in the most recent years. These forests were burned because the atmosphere was too high. On the other hand, some other places in the world have had experienced drought for a long time. In recent years, it has not rained in those places. Consequently, the farmers cannot work on their fields, and do not have clean water to drink. I used to watch a program that was about some Africa countries. The kids must walk about four or five kilometers to find clean water in the springs, because they have no clean water nearby. In fact, there are many arguments and analysis about the global warming.
In the movie, “An inconvenient Truth”, the former Vice President Al Gore’s views on global warming, provides an overview of the argument that recent changes in the Earth’s climate are exacerbated if not caused solely by human activity. He travels to many places to tell the story of greenhouse gases and their affects for a long time. In his presentation, Al Gore uses the aid of charts and graphs to show audiences how carbon dioxide levels are rising and increasing of temperature in recent decades. He creates arguments that human being, particularly Americans, who contribute most to global warming and greenhouse gases in the world. He said that humans have to take responsibility for global warming and find the method to reduce this issue through life style. In this movie, Gore shares anecdotes that inspired his Nguyen 3
interest in the issue, including his college education with a climate expert, his sister's death from lung cancer and his young son's near-fatal car accident. Gore recalls a story from his grade-school years, where a fellow student asked his geography teacher about continental drift; in response, the teacher called the concept the "most ridiculous thing that he ever heard." Gore ties this conclusion to the assumption that "the Earth is so big; we can't possibly have any lasting, harmful impact on the Earth's environment." For comic effect, Gore uses a clip from the Futurama episode "Crimes of...