by: Jennifer Zelmer
Introduction: We all know about global warming, but do we really care or try to do at least some of the things that will help stop it or at least slow it down?
1) Over the last century our planets temp. has risen 1 degree. I know that doesn't sound like much but it's been enough to melt a lot of the polar ice caps and glaciers. A) The hottest years ever recorded were in the late 1990's and early 2000's. B) In 2007 there was a massive polar ice melt and the amount of glaciers and sea ice has decreased quite a bit since the 70's. This has already caused the sea levels to rise. C) The U.N. panel on climate change projects that by the end of this century the global temps. will have risen 3-10 degrees. Enough to melt the rest of the polar ice caps. And it will probably be to hot for some or all of our local crops to survive. D) And the EPA projects that by the end of this century the sea levels will rise 2 to 3 feet. Flooding 10-thousand square miles in the United States alone.
2) Here are some of the things that we as individuals can do to help save our planet. A) They are simpler than you think. You don't have to go protest, or spend lots of money. B) There are lots of little and not so little things we can do around our homes that if done collectively, will make a difference.
3) First plant trees. If not at home find a school, or nursing home, that would let you plant them. Trees, when fully grown help keep the plant cooler. Or, you could protest the demolition of the rainforest if you'd rather. They are the same principle, we need trees to cool our planet yet they are chopping them down to create roads, homes, shopping malls and parking lots. A) Instead of driving you could walk or ride a bike, if you live close enough to your destination. That way your helping to reduce pollution as well as getting exercise. B)...