Impact of Global Warming on Canadians

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Global warming is a word you hear so often but many do not know what it is. It is the result of greenhouse gases warming the Earth’s atmosphere due to the thinning of the ozone layer. Canada has a diverse environment and due to global warming, our beautiful environment is constantly being put into danger whether it is our luscious forests, the variety of ecosystems or the magnificent glaciers in the Arctic. There are three factors which are the largest contributors to greenhouse gases which result in global warming and climate change. The three causes are home energy, food and transportation. Each cause can be reduced if Canadians do the littlest things which we are not doing to the full extent. As global warming and climate change continues to be a growing problem, Canadians should be more aware about their input by closely watching the energy usage, food consumption and transportation methods.

According to scientists, an average home contributes more to global warming than the average car. If Canadians switch to compact fluorescent lights (CFL) instead of incandescent and use the heating and cooling systems more efficiently, we would emit less greenhouse gases. Firstly, studies show that if Canadians turn off one 6-watt incandescent bulb that burns for eight hours a day, they can save 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide over the lifetime of the bulb. Each CFL bulb saves 450 pounds of carbon from being produced. Additionally, they are 75 percent more efficient than regular bulbs. If everyone switched to one CFL bulb, we would be able to prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of more than 800,000 cars. Secondly, using the heating ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) efficiently and reducing the usage can ma...

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In conclusion, Canadians are not doing enough to combat global warming because home energy can be used better, the food being consumed should be closely watched and our transportation methods can be improved. As scientists continue to explore and warn us about global warming and climate change and we, Canadians continue to do little in our part to help, we should wonder why we are doing this. Global warming is not going to drastically change our world tomorrow, but it will take time. Knowing this, people would think “I won’t be alive, so why should I care?” but what they aren’t thinking about is the generations of children yet to come. What we do now is not for us but for the future generations. We have destroyed quite a bit of their future and if we do not choose to do something now, they might not even have a chance to get a future.
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