Many Americans assume that global warming also known as climate change is nothing to be concerned with while the earth’s average temperature begins to rise. This is something that has always been very important to me from an environmental standpoint since we do not have a planet B. If we all play our part in making the world a more environmentally friendly place we may be able to delay the inevitable, In the meantime climate change is the biggest threat to humanity in the 21st century.
On one hand McCarthy, 2012, says we pollute the air with greenhouse gases from fossil fuels and methane, emitting from the landfills that we stuff with trash that is on average 4.5 pounds a day throughout our life that is a ninety-thousand pound legacy of garbage that we are leaving for our children that for the most part could have easily been recycled. This is eating away at our ozone layer which protects us from the sun that at its core burns twenty-seven million degrees Fahrenheit and in return we are seeing melting ice caps which stores carbon dioxide, a gas trapped within them and is being released into our atmosphere, thus causing sea levels to rise at an even greater rate. We are cutting down the trees that naturally take in our waste product so it will not aid in diminishing us as a race and the world as we know it and even supplies us with oxygen in return, but at least we have all the paper we will ever need and a housing market that is flourishing. What the expression “It’s a small world” meant to my generation as kids was everyone knows everyone. We are all connected in some way or another, but what it means for the next generation is we have overpopulated the earth and used up all its natural resources such as water. Only 3% of the water on Earth is freshwater. The rest is saltwater, this is important because fresh drinking water supplies are becoming increasingly scarce with only 20% of the worlds population having running water, the U.S. consumes...
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