Global Warming, Chapter Eight

August 13, 2007 at 5:55 am (Climatology, College Related, Global Warming, Politics)

Chapter Eight:
The Power is in the People

What can the individual do? Obviously, investing in renewable resources is not an option for the average citizen. However, there is many steps people can take to stop the destruction of global warming. Berger has a long list of actions consumers can take to stand up against global warming. Many of these are listed below:


• Buy a fuel efficient car. Berger predicts that 32 miles per gallon rated vehicle will reduce greenhouse gases by as much as 5,600 pounds per year. Another advantage is the money a person can save on gas.

• Turn off lights at home when they are not in use. Program the thermostat to turn off during the hours that no one is home. Use energy saving products, such as shower heads that turn out less water per minute. Berger says these steps eliminate 1.2 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

• Recycle. This has a huge impact on the environment. Processing waste creates huge problems for the environment. Recycling paper, glass and aluminum can reduce emissions by 850 pounds per year.

• Use recycled products. This is very important. Buy from companies that care. Products that use recycled material are doing their job to save the environment.

• Energy-efficient appliances are another way to help. Refrigerators and washing machines are some of the hardest working appliances in the house. Using an outdated machine uses more energy than newer, advanced machines. New models can reduce 700 pounds of carbon dioxide each year.

• Get involved! Vote for candidates that care about the environment. Learn as much as possible on how to create a better world. There are many organizations that can point a person on the right direction. In California, the Sierra Club is an organization that is getting involved. Their website is http://www.motherlode.sierraclub.org.

These are some of the ways a person can make a difference. However, there needs to be policy changes in government as well, especially the United States. If the US is going to claim the title of the most powerful country in the world, it needs to also be the most responsible. As one of the wealthiest nations in the world, it can show other nations how to wisely convert to renewable resources. Only then will the planet see the threat of global warming fall.

The future doesn’t have to be a gloom-filled, dirty place with millions of people starving and homeless. If action is taken now, humans can prevent this catastrophic event. Skeptics continually argue that there isn’t enough evidence; that policy changes should be put off to an indefinite future, but it seems they will never be satisfied with the evidence that is compiled everyday. Their future date will never come. By the time they are satisfied, it will be too late. Something needs to be done about global warming.

Works Cited

Amman, Caspar, and Gavin Schmidt. “Dummies Guide to the Latest ‘Hockey Stick’ Controversy.” http://www.Realclimate.org. 18, february 2005. 25 April 2007
<http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2005/02/dummies-guide-to-the-latest-hockey-stick-controversy/&gt;.

Bettelheim, Adriel. “Biofuels Boom.” Congressional Quarterly. CQ Researcher. Folsom Lake College, EDC library. 29 Jan. 2007. http//
http://www.cqresearcher.com>.

Bily, Cynthia A., ed, Global Warming. Opposing Viewpoints Ser. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2006.

Cooper, Mary H. “Global Warming.” Congessional Quarterly. CQ Researcher. Folsom Lake College, EDC Library. 29 Jan. 2007. <http//
http://www.cqresearcher.com>.

Gribben, John. Future Weather and the Greenhouse Effect. New York: Dell Publishing, 1982.

Leroux, Marcel. Global Warming-Myth or Reality? The Erring Ways of Climatology. Chichester, UK: Praxiz Publishing, 2005.

McCuen, Gary E, ed. Our Endangered Atmosphere: Global Warming and the Ozone Layer. Hudson, Wisconsin: Gray E, McCuen Publications, 1987.

Michaels, Patrick J., ed. Shattered Consensus: The True State of Global Warming. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005.

Moore, Thomas Gale. Climate of Fear: Why we Shouldn’t Worry about Global Warming. Washington DC: Cato Institute, 1998.

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5 Comments

  1. Christopher Graham said,

    hmmm…. works cited?

  2. lunawolf said,

    I’ve been looking for it! I guess I didn’t save it to my ‘puter. I’m going to have to dig up the hard copy and post it.

  3. lunawolf said,

    There. Happy?

  4. beanpole said,

    Thanks for the works sited and the pleasant phone conversation. I truly appreciate it. I promise to share my paper after its completed and maybe graded. 🙂

  5. charu sharma said,

    i have a essay on the global warming

    please reply

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