Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Happy Earth Day! There are so many stunning places on the Earth, like Lake Salda in Turkey displayed in the photo above. However, our planet is being destroyed by global warming.
According to NASA astrophysicists Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell, in the last 100 years the Earth’s temperature has incresed by 1 degree celsius, which doesn’t seem like that much but this shift is doing and will continue to do exponential damage to our world, like making sea levels rise above normal, precipitations patterns to become altered, and polar ice caps to melt.
The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has determined that this mutation in temperature has been caused by human activity and abuse. Click here to go to the IPCC website and read the report. On December 10, 2007 in Oslo, Norway, the IPCC along with former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore Jr. were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their pursuit of knowledge concerning man-made climate change.
The good news is making a difference doesn’t have to be a challenge. It can be as easy as replacing grocery store plastic bags with recycleable, reusable totes, carpooling to work with co-workers, or using energy efficient, eco-friendly lighbulbs and turning all of the lights off when you leave a room. Everything you do to reduce your carbon footprint is essential. Awareness and action are key to preserving our resplendent home.