October is a time when we relive our deepest fears and take notice of the darker side of life. However, many of us do not realize that the scariest things exist outside of our personal phobias. Global warming is the scariest thing, beyond spiders, snakes, clowns and ax murderers, because the end result could wipe every living thing off the face of the earth.
When we were kids, we were taught to respect our earth. We even celebrated “Earth Day” and learned about alternative energy. But as the years have gone by, more and more of the older generations have convinced us that global warming is a hoax. I have some very bad news for you- global warming is not only real, but the effects of it are absolutely disastrous.
Many of us have not only forgotten what global warming actually is but have forgotten about the issue entirely. Every day we are constantly contributing to the problem.
We put gasoline in our cars, we leave lights on for unnecessary amounts of time, and worst of all we support the companies that rob us of greener energy.
According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), “Global warming occurs when carbon dioxide (CO2) and other air pollutants collect in the atmosphere and absorb sunlight and solar radiation that have bounced off the earth’s surface. Normally, this radiation would escape into space—but these pollutants, which can last for years to centuries in the atmosphere, trap the heat and cause the planet to get hotter.”
While the United States and many other major countries have managed to cut greenhouse emissions and focus on alternative solutions for fuel and energy, global warming is far from gone. The effects of global warming on our planet is truly terrifying.
Melting ice glaciers, rise of sea levels, climate change, droughts, diseases, heat waves, wildfires, and the complete havoc on coral reefs and marine life are just a few effects that global warming has already caused.
To fight global warming, we must treat it like any other problem. We must realize it exists, understand what it is, and ultimately overcome it by making small changes in our lives. Please visit https://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/ to see how you can fight this terrible monster that we know as global warming.