This is my last post for the blog, so I think you deserved to see my message in its entirety. By now we all agree that global warming is an issue, yet nothing is being done to stop it. This is what puzzles me, and that is what I have been trying to portray in my posts.
I believe that the government should take more action and try to inform America more about global warming. Since the government holds power over the country, they can even put laws in place to demand that people take action instead of remaining stagnant. I believe that if the government took action, America would see the error of their ways. Which leads me to my next point.
I believe that the other way for people that care about the earth (which should be most of us) to get the message across is to get the media to give stories about global warming more airtime. People get all of their news from the media, and they report more stories about popular culture and less about issues that are going on in the world. If the media would agree to give global warming more exposure, not only would people be more aware, they realize that this issue doesn’t just affect America. Global warming affects the whole world, and for a country full of people that claim to be caring, that’s not caring at all. America is looked to as a leader by the rest of the world and we need to set an example.
Before my family moved, there was a house that we would always look at that had a really big Christmas lights display (the house probably had fifty or more decorations in the yard). Ever since I started taking an environmental writing class, I now look at that house differently. When we went to see the house this year I wondered how much more energy that people waste by putting up Christmas lights.
An average house puts out six tera-watts of electricity during December, which is enough to power 500,000 homes in a month. This produces carbon dioxide and releases it into the atmosphere. This point is analyzed by Dr Trasandem in this quote.
“I wouldn’t needlessly expose [children] to a lead-based hazard that could have significant lifelong consequences for that child’s cognitive capacity or their attention or other health problems,”
I completely agree with the quote above. These lights are going to affect the future generations of America. The problem is that there are alternative Christmas lights that are more energy efficient, but people aren’t deciding to take advantage of this fact.
The picture above is a picture of LED Christmas lights. LED lights allow electrons to recombine with electron holes, which produce light. This light doesn’t require a plug and emits much less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. LED lights are expensive, however, they can sometimes last 10 years, which far outlasts the lifespan of regular lights.
Although LED lighting is a little more expensive, they are much more energy efficient. I believe that if we take the necessary steps by buying LED or other energy efficient lights, we can still enjoy the holiday season without emitting so much Co2.
The holiday season is a time for us to spend with our families and take a step back and look at ourselves. When I take a step back, I see a country full of people that are stagnant. There is no progress, but progress is needed. I see people that are shallow, people that care more about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West moving in together than they do about world hunger and global warming. I also see a country full of hypocrites. People, like myself, that preach taking action, but never take action themselves.
Lastly, the holiday season is celebrating your religion. I am Christian. 78.4 percent of America is Christian, and 32 percent of the entire world is. One of the main rules that God had for Christians is to take care of the earth. This is not happening. Most if not all of our politicians are Christian, and they aren’t taking action either. Al Franken had this to say about Christians:
The point is that there is tremendous hypocrisy among the Christian right. And I think that Christian voters should start looking at global warming as a religious issue that speaks to the culture of life.
I agree with this whole-heartedly. We don’t think of global warming as something that can affect our daily lives, much less the expensive culture of our country. In order to take action, we are going to have to work together. We will have to put our differences aside, and isn’t that what the holiday season is all about?
America is the 39th greenest country; let that sink in. As concerned as we seem to be, America is still not getting anything done. Our energy efficiency has actually dropped from what is was last year. In terms of being concerned, we are probably number one on the list. Other countries don’t have to give the environment as much exposure because their people are naturally more energy efficient. According to Lowell Ungar, temptation is at fault for this:
“A key reason is that American homes are getting bigger, which means more space to heat and cool. And consumers are buying more and more power-sucking gadgets — meaning that kilowatts saved by dishwashers and refrigerators are often used up by flat-screen televisions, computers and digital video recorders. These trends have balanced each other out. It’s been a wash, basically.”
I believe that the problem is that for all the people concerned about global warming and the environment, those same people aren’t doing much to act on what they are saying. They are talking the talk but they aren’t walking the walk. The problem with this is that saying the right things and wanting to help the environment isn’t the same as doing it. It is almost as if we have given up hope and said “Global warming is a worldwide problem, so how are we going to do anything?” God created a wonderful world for us and made us shepherds of the earth. We need to treat it as such.
It seems like I am trying to confuse myself. Recently, I watched Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. The movie stressed the understanding of global warming and said that humans have the biggest output of C02. Right after this, I watched The Great Global Warming Swindle, which says that Al Gore’s science is not right, that he has distorted the facts, and that humans are not the main culprit of C02 emissions. Just to further confuse myself, I watched The Big Swindle, which stated that both of the films presented both bias and scientific errors.
At this point you may be thinking “who do we trust”. Well, we trust ourselves. All of us know that global warming is real, and that it is a problem. Our problem is that we don’t want to do anything about it. We have the technology, and we also have individuals and organizations that are trying to make a difference, but it takes a village to raise a child. In order to save our Earth, we need to put forth a group effort. If we trust ourselves, we will have the Earth’s best interest at heart. I know that you hear this everyday, but carpool! Cars produce exponential amounts of C02. If everyone could help in the smallest of ways, we could solve our problem. Then our children and grandchildren would be able to enjoy the wonderful world that we live in now.