Environment Citizen Committee
As global citizens, we have the duty to protect our Earth from danger,
even if that danger is us. Since the industrial revolution, humans have
caused more environmental damage than all of history combined! However,
we are beginning to recognize our mistakes and doing our best to fix
them; more people and businesses are going green than ever before. By
reducing our carbon footprint, we can sustain our beautiful environment
for years to come.
But what is a “carbon footprint” exactly? How does one become
“green”? We hear these terms thrown around in the media
a lot with no sufficient explanation. We at Environmental Citizens aim
to spread information to our fellow citizens so we can go forth and
improve our world together.
Our carbon footprint is the impact humans have on their environment
in terms of how many greenhouse gasses they produce, measured in units
of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is the most prominent greenhouse gas
and one of the major causes of global warming. Studies have shown that
global warming has visibly-reduced ice caps, affected animal populations
and significantly raised our planet’s average temperature at an
Global warming is caused by carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from our
factories, automobiles and other technology. CO2 is a gas naturally-found
in the Earth’s atmosphere, but only in small quantities (.04%).
This compound works a little like tinted a one-way mirror; as infrared
rays from the sun enter our atmosphere, many become reflected from the
Earth’s surface. The CO2 then absorbs some of them these rays,
thereby trapping in heat and using it to blanket the planet. When there
is too much CO2 in our atmosphere, it absorbs too many rays – which raises the temperature significantly and causes the greenhouse
Despite the sobering evidence, there are still skeptics who believe
global warming is untrue, or just some ploy to curb industry. It is
true that our planet has been through periods of heating/cooling, but
it has never happened as rapidly or drastically as it has over the last
100 years. We do not promote curbing industry, only finding environmentally-friendly
alternatives to CO2 emissions. By acting responsibly, we can all do
our part to preserve our environment for future generations.
What does going “green” mean? People or businesses with
any attitude concerning global environmental protection, bioregionalism,
or social responsibility are considered green. The term has become a
buzzword; restaurants, business, and manufacturers brandish the label
to appeal to us. Thankfully, it’s a label that is beginning to
make a difference in what we purchase and support.
We are here to inform citizens how they can make changes on personal,
local, national, and global levels. It is possible! If enough individuals
care enough to make a change, then as a whole we can change the world.
If enough people offset their carbon emissions, use solar panels and
solar power in their own homes, write to their senators and representatives
asking for change, etc., the world could be a very different place.
Al Gore continues to make a positive impact and encourages others to
do so as well:
EnviroCitizen.org- Forums – Learn more about solar power; share your experiences with
solar panels; get advice on do-it-yourself projects; and more.
For more information:
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