Did you know that you are worsening the change in the climate right now? Global warming has been a hot topic (literally) in the past decade or so, as it is increasingly getting worse. Human activities are the reason that there has been such a rise in global warming as an issue. By driving and showering, we worsen the impact of climate change.
We must think about the actions of the society and the harmful impacts it is having on the world. The USCUSA says that “Scientists can tease apart how much CO2 comes from natural sources, and how much comes from combustion fossil fuel sources.” This is telling me that in research, scientists are able to note which causes come from humans, and which causes come from nature, and they conclude that more comes from humans.
Citizens should have limited driving miles and limited showering minutes per week to help decrease the mark that we are leaving on the environment.
If we are only allowed to drive our cars a certain number of miles, we can better the environment as individuals. National Geographic reports, “Most of an automobiles’ environmental impact, perhaps 80 to 90 percent, will be due to fuel consumption and emissions of air pollution and greenhouse gases that climate scientists say are driving global warming.”
I believe that people should also have only a certain amount of time to take showers, so that water isn’t being wasted. Long, hot showers use a large amount of energy which, in turn, is not good for the environment.
The US Environmental Protection Agency tells us that “ a faucet running for five minutes uses about as much energy as keeping a 60-watt light bulb on for 14 hours.” Taking 20-minute showers every day should not be allowed because uses too much energy.
If we don’t change our actions, the condition of our earth will only get worse. There will continue to be more frequent droughts, heat waves, rising of sea levels and extinction of important species.
Although some individuals may argue that their specific actions aren’t putting a large damper on the environment, from a large standpoint, they actually do.
If we think about every person who showers daily the 20-minute average and drives the 30-mile average, we are all making the change in climate worse. Whether that is by emitting more CO2 or using more energy.
As a population, we must think in the large scheme of things, that all the actions of the citizens come together and negatively impact the warming and overall condition of the environment. We as individuals have our own mark on the wellbeing of our earth.
Regulations should be made as to the amount of water we can use and the number of miles we have the ability to travel. These rules can benefit the earth in such a strong way, as well as bring environmental awareness to the issue that is dramatically increasing each year.
I think that one reason people don’t have compassion for the environment is because they don’t see what they can do to help. Everybody can help by doing simple things like taking shorter, colder showers and also driving less.
Global warming started with us. So we must also be the factor to stop it.