Global warming: the human-accelerated assassin of Mother Earth

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There is an old proverb in Kabati, Kenya claiming that people should strive to be like the moon. This means that people should always be on their best behavior and be good to others. We complain when there is too much sun and it gets unbearably hot, or when it rains too much or is cold. But, no one grumbles when the moon shines. Maybe this saying should not be so limited as to only pertain to being good to people. Maybe we, as a people, should be on our best behavior when caring for the planet, our only home. After his son’s near fatal accident, Albert Gore, Jr. believes he was “handed not just a second chance, but an obligation to pay attention to what matters and to do [his] part to protect and safeguard it.” Right now, our precious Earth is what desperately needs protecting. Global warming: the human-accelerated assassin of Mother Earth. Throughout all of time, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases have been added to our atmosphere in small amounts; however, over the last several decades, we have emitted high levels of gases unlike anything ever recorded before. As the atmosphere thickens because of these increased emissions, more radiant energy is trapped beneath it instead of being re-radiated back into space. This warming causes our ice caps and glaciers to melt. Imagine a world in which the sea level is twenty feet higher than it is presently. In China, Beijing and the surrounding area would be underwater. Shanghai and the surrounding area, currently home to more than forty million people, would be the home of sea creatures. Displacement would be an issue everywhere including in the United States. If we allow the amount of ice that makes up Greenland or Antarctica to completely melt, we will witness the devastation of... ... middle of paper ... showers, and leaving the light on are a few places where we can reduce our effect on global warming. This worldwide catastrophe can no longer be put on the back burners because of political differences and economic fears. If we do not respond to nature’s cry for help, nothing will matter. Economic success and political accomplishments will mean nothing if we do not have a planet to house it on. Al Gore is tirelessly trying to communicate a message that should be one of our top priorities. He has risked his career, reputation, and lifestyle. This former vice president stood for what was right, even though he stood with little support. Gore chose to do what is crucial for the benefit of the greater good. He made the tough decision necessary to safeguard and promote the general welfare. Political opposition did not even halt him when it came to completing his task.

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