Ways to reduce Global Warming

By figuring out how to stop global warming and making changes in your lifestyle, you can lessen your carbon footprint and help the environment. The term global warming describes the typical rise in the planet’s temperature. Global warming occurs when greenhouse gases, like CO2 and methane, trap heat from the sun in the atmosphere. This trapped heat raises the temperature of the planet, endangering plants, animals, and people. Whilst it may appear impossible for one individual or household to directly influence global warming, your daily activities have an important impact on the health of the planet. By following the below suggestions, and educating your children and family members how to stop global warming, you can lessen your energy use and help save the planet.

The best starting point lowering your carbon footprint is right within your home. Run your dishwasher only when it’s completely full in order to save energy, water, and money. This will not only save energy, it’ll prolong the life of your clothes. Alter the filter in your home AC unit as advocated by the producer to preserve money and extend the life of your unit. Showers account for two thirds of home water heating prices. Install an energy efficient showerhead to preserve water and save energy. Weatherize your home to reduce cooling and heating costs and associated energy usage.

Put on extra clothing and take a heavy blanket to bed as an alternative to turning up the heat throughout the winter months. Measure the wall and ceiling insulation in your home to see whether developments are possible. Dry your clothing on the line instead of relying upon your garments dryer to conserve money and energy. Upgrade your water heater to an energy-efficient model or tank less model to preventing heating pointless water. Meat and dairy contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. Change the air filter in your vehicle every month to lessen your car’s carbon emissions. Purchase energy certificates to help support the renewable energy market.

Choose minimally packaged goods to reduce waste, and complain to companies that use excessive packaging. Purchase and use a hybrid vehicle or fuel efficient vehicles to reduce pollution and dependence on fossil fuels. Carpool, ride a bike, or use public transport to save fuel and reduce carbon emissions. Turn off your engine instead of allowing it idle to save fuel and cash and reduce pollution. Plant a tree to reduce CO2 within the environment and replace trees lost to deforestation. Purchase organic foods instead of those grown with the use of polluting chemicals.

If You Don’t Stop Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later.

 

The factors behind global warming are several and results are far more profound. What we’ve actually witnessed in the last few decades is only the tip of the iceberg. The primary underlying reason for Global Warming is greenhouse gases like CO2. Every tree requires CO2 from the atmosphere during its growing procedure. When a tree dies or the wood rots then CO2 is again delivered into the atmosphere. In the last few decades’ tropics forest have borne the brunt of important felling of trees and burning of wood, that’s added more CO2 into the environment. Today deforestation has reached a point where it can’t be turned back.

imageIn 1987, a significant chunk of the Amazon rainforest was burnt and it was of the size of Britain. This discharged 500 million plenty of CO2 into the environment. The lesser the number of trees, the less CO2 may be consumed. The result of global warming may be devastating and if you look around you, subsequently you will see some of the signals. If no action is taken now, subsequently it’ll be too late as the greenhouse impact may gradually improve the average global temperature by 1.5 to 4.50C. This increase in temperature may influence the polar ice caps over the tropics belt. Winters can be hotter and the world may be warmer than what it was 100, 000 years back.

 

The effects of global warming are the environmental and social changes caused (directly or indirectly) by human emissions of greenhouse gases. There is a scientific consensus that climate change is occurring, and that human activities are the primary driver. Many impacts of climate change have already been observed, including glacier retreat, changes in the timing of seasonal events (e.g., earlier flowering of plants), and changes in agricultural productivity.

Saving The Environment- One Small Step At a Time

 

I woke up to the alarm, as usual this morning. My phone had been charging overnight. It was overcharged. Will unplug the charger, later. Another 10 minutes of sleep won’t derail my schedule. So I decide to give those minutes to myself. The circulation of the cool air conditioning set up by the slow speed fan was too comforting to get out of the bed.

It was 30 minutes now. I decide to wake up, finally- the visualization of my late entry at the office (and its possible consequences) was enough for me to rush to the washroom. I put the geyser on and start to brush my teeth. The water freely flows through the faucet all through my brushing process. Next, I step in to the shower and its warmth is just too comforting to use it for a mere wash. I spend extra five minutes warming myself up. I walk back into the room and feel like I am about to start shivering. Oh wait! I had forgotten to switch the AC and the fan off! I do now. The lights- I need them to dress up and I had paid for every single one of them- so it makes more sense to switch them all on. This trouser, has worn out enough to make it trash worthy. So, I select another dress. But wait, my hair isn’t dry yet and I must use the hair dryer to get it dry as soon as possible. 15 minutes later, I am all dressed up for the office. I walk into the kitchen, make myself some tea and put the breakfast in the microwave to warm it up. I then walk into the drawing room, open the door, collect the newspaper and put it on the coffee table. TV is the perfect accompaniment to a steaming hot cup of tea, I think. So, I switch the TV on. The microwave had been beeping all this while. I ignore its beeps. I finally decide to have my breakfast minutes later and set it to warm again. I leave home for office- it is walking distance away with many public transport options available. But I have a bike, so why should I not use it?

Reached office. We had a meeting with a climate counsellor that day. She was trying to explain to us that the climate change threat was real. But she wasn’t really talking anything we didn’t already know (and ignore?). Her ideas on how each one of us could contribute to the environment in our personal capacity was quite interesting. But I had been thinking, isn’t the science behind creating a cleaner environment far too complicated? I mean how can an individual help the Earth cope with climate change? Still, I decide to enrol, to begin with. My life continued as it was until their course material arrived and I actually read it.

A month later.

I had segregated the wet and dry waste and kept it out of the house for municipal collection in the night. Woke up to the alarm this morning. My phone wasn’t charging overnight. The AC was turned off when the temperature of the room was just right to sleep. The fan wasn’t needed either. I walk into the washroom, turn the geyser on and brush my teeth- with the faucet not flowing freely this time. I quickly take a shower- just enough of it for a clean wash. I walk back into my room- It is sufficiently sunlit- I don’t really have to switch extra lights on. My hair- why would I blow dry it when I have enough time to let it dry on its own? Saves it from damage and also saves energy. Donating old clothes is not only philanthropic, but also helps save the environment- did you know that? Go find it out! I am ready for my office and still have enough time to read the newspaper and have breakfast. I unplug the microwave after my food warms up (in one attempt!). The drawing room lights were switched off in the night itself. Drew the curtains off to have enough light. Oh wait! Did I forget to switch the geyser off? Must run to do that. Read the newspaper while having breakfast. It was time to leave for the office. But before I left, a daily check must be performed- Are all the unused appliances plugged off? Yes, they are. The LPG regulator- turned down. Lights, fans- they are all switched off. Time to leave, my friends must have arrived at the bus stop. It is fun to take a public transport to the office and tell people about my new environment friendly lifestyle. It has inspired many. I follow the same energy saving tips at the office.

Now that’s one small step by a woman/man right? If each one of us decided to adapt these small changes, it would be a million steps- and that surely won’t be small then! Think! Believe it or not- With these small steps of mine, I am actually helping build a cleaner, sustainable future for planet Earth (and at the same time, saving 20-30% on my electricity, water and fuel bills!). Are you?

How would you like it if you were suffocating?

Wait..why this question?

We’re here to discuss climate change, not get targeted.

Yes. But as Elon Musk aptly puts it, “We’re running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe.” 

Yes you guessed it right, the topic for the day is CARBON DIOXIDE.

Why is it such a big deal? It’s just another gas and the plants absorb it anyways.

How is it causing havoc in the first place?

This is how it goes: The sun emits heat energy in the form of Ultraviolet rays and visible light. While the earth makes its own effort in keeping the atmosphere cool by emitting part of it as infra red rays, gases like carbon dioxide manage to trap some of the heat and make the atmosphere warm.

So it’s simple, the greater the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the warmer the surface of the earth, because the plants can’t absorb all of it!

CO2 (emitted highest when compared to other heat absorbing greenhouse gases like methane and nitrous oxide) is added to the atmosphere in large quantities by human activities like burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas, deforestation, and cement production for rapid urbanization.

It is a vicious cycle that will only come back to bite us if not controlled.

The figure below gives a depiction of the cyclic changes the whole process can cause:

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It is important that every single individual plays a role in controlling this, because gases do not stay in one place after emission.

Humanity has suffocated the earth enough, it’s high time we try and let it breathe now.

 Image courtesy: 3.epa 

What is your excuse?

Desmond Tutu said, “25 years ago, people could be excused for not knowing or doing much about climate change.”

What’s your excuse today?

Do you believe that the climate is changing because of us? Or would it be something you would debate about putting the volcanoes and natural emissions of carbon dioxide at fault?

Well, you would be right to say that they do emit a lot of these gases. But surprisingly, they only manage to emit 1 percent of what we humans do. Reports say that seven of the eight warmest years in the history of mankind have been recorded since 2001.

Okay, let’s cut to the chase.

What is Global Warming all about? Why is it all over the place?

Global warming, in simple terms, is the rise in the average surface temperature of the earth to due increased emission of greenhouse gases, especially Carbon dioxide.

So, the next question that arises is, “Trees absorb the carbon dioxide that we emit, so how bad can this be?”

Well, very.

Sure, all plants usually need carbon dioxide to synthesize sunlight into energy to grow, but they cannot absorb quantities as high as what we emit.

Image Source : Webgranth
Image Source : Webgranth

How does the CO2 impact us then?

It causes melting of the glaciers on the poles and all around the globe- half the world’s population is at the risk of getting submerged. This further can lead to more frequent droughts, displacements of refugees and food crisis all across the world. While there are also uncontrollable factors that contribute to climate change, studies have revealed that controllable human causes like fossil fuel burning and exploitation of natural resources bag the largest share in it.

Now for the most important part: How do we get this in check?

There are baby steps we can begin with. Some of them would be:

  1. Reduce/Avoid usage of fossil fuels: Tune your cars regularly, carpool or use public transport, and opt for renewable fuel forms.
  2. Use energy efficient electric appliances and CFL bulbs.
  3. Reduce, Re-use and Recycle: Lesser the waste to burn, lesser the emission.
  4. Conserve water, so the underground water levels are in balance.
  5. PLANT A TREE. Nothing helps more than having more trees to absorb the carbon dioxide. Every plant has the capacity to absorb about 48 pounds of CO2 a year!
  6. Volunteer and enroll in the ICCE Green (R)evolution and learn how you can join hands to make the world a better place to live in!

 

Psst.. If you still think that the economy matters more than this, try holding your breath while you count all your money and see how long you would last! 😉

Green Revolution – It’s time to repay the debt

a17-Green Revolution - It’s time to repay the debtThe routine we human beings follow as what to eat, where to shop, how to reach a destination etc, may feel normal but collectively they have a huge effect on Global Warming. Long back, Green Revolution was an action taken to increase food production. The term ‘Green Revolution’ is a general one that is applied to successful agricultural experiments in many developing countries. There were three basic elements in the method of the Green Revolution- Continuing expansion of farming areas, double cropping in the same farmland, using seeds with improved genetics.

A more modern context

In this growing globally warm planet now again a Green Revolution is necessary. Not only to increase the yield of crops and farm areas, but also to stop the planet from becoming impossible to retain life. Boosting energy efficiently, greening transportation, reviving renewable, phasing out fossil fuel electricity, developing new low carbon technologies etc might be some. Upgrading the electronics as refrigerators, conditioners etc, getting electricity monitor, changing the light bulbs, washing clothes in cold water may be few steps that can be followed individually also.

Spreading a word about this new green revolution can bring a positive change in long term and help us to replay our Mother Earth. Let’s gather more info about the same, at International Centre for Culture & Education.

Climate Change! It’s Time to Act

“Climate change is real, it is happening right now. Let us not take this planet for granted. I will not take tonight for granted.” This is the speech of the man who won the Oscar this year, Leonardo DiCaprio, for his role in The Revenant. Yes, climate change is taking place right here on this planet, right now at this very moment.

We need to act, and act fast before this change becomes irreversible. We all know that the ozone layer has got a hole, whose size has been increasing since the 1970s. We have also observed around 1 degree increase in the global temperature. This might seem insignificant to us but the glaciers are melting. This will cause a huge rise in water levels if this keeps happening. Here are a few steps that we, as common people can take.

  • Reduce the usage ACs and refrigerators. They give out CFCs, which cause ozone to disintegrate.
  • Carbon monoxide is another chemical that we should avoid. This is caused due to incomplete combustion of fuels.

Crush Greed Go Green

Modern life has become way more comfortable compared to the past. However, technology has its flip sides too. With all the facilities and comforts of life, there come the brickbats. To ensure the environment is not damaged by the menace of global warming, you should embrace a green lifestyle. Are you wondering what you have to do! It’s simple!

  • Reduce car usage- Try walking or using your bicycle for covering short distance. This will ensure the pollution caused by vehicle emissions is reduced. You may also think of buying an electric bike or hybrid car.
  • Change appliances- Exchange or sell old power hungry appliances at home and kitchen. Think of getting an energy efficient air conditioners and refrigerator. This will also bring down energy bill per month.
  • Use natural energy- With time, prices of solar power driven products is coming down. You may invest in a solar cooker or use solar panels on rooftop to generate green energy.

Just by adjusting convenience a little, you can contribute to making the planet a greener place. You can do your bit and motivate others to do the same activities to fight global warming.

Let’s Take A Few Steps to Save the Planet

We have only a single planet to live on. What good is it to give up what we have in search of something that we might or might not find at a later stage? That is what the present world is heading to. We are searching for a land foreign from ours to sustain us but we are neglecting the Earth that we have for that purpose. As the proverb goes, “a bird in hand is worth two in the bush” exactly suits our current situation.

Well, here are a few steps that we can take to save our own planet.

  • Limit the usage of fossil fuels (bikes, cars, etc.) and cycle or walk short distances.
  • Switch off fans and lights when not in use.
  • Save water. Do not allow it to run down the drain.
  • Protect wildlife and poaching. Aim to improve the land.
  • Plant trees and flowers.
  • Reduce usage of goods that give out CFCs. They help to save the ozone layer.
  • Take steps to replenish ground water sources.

Less pollution is the best solution

a13-Less pollution is the best solutionWhen you hear the phrase global warming and find everyone worried about its impact on the planet and human life, does it worry you? The truth is temperature levels are on the rise worldwide. Drought, flood and natural calamities are becoming more rampant and extreme in scale. One of the main factors contributing to global warming is pollution.

It is time you do your bit in reducing environmental pollution in every possible way. Below listed are the simple yet effective ways you can reduce your pollution.

  • Recycling gadgets- When your phone or computer peripherals become unusable or expire do not dump them. There are companies that buy those materials or exchange new products for old. Opt for such services and reduce pollution.
  • Reusing stuffs- Use small stuffs like plastic bottles, containers as far as you can. This helps in reducing waste generation and pollution.
  • Natural products- Use products at home made with organic, natural ingredients. By using natural disinfectant fluids or laundry liquids, you help in reducing the usage of chemical that damage your environment.

It is time we take steps to reduce pollution in every way. By diminishing levels of pollution, it is possible to reduce impact of global warming.