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Our gift to the future

I have been reading about the current global warming situation and it does not look good. First, the ice is melting all over the world at an alarming rate. The ice acts as a mirror bouncing the sun’s rays back into space. Ground left open, with no reflective ice, absorbes the heat from the sun’s rays causing the earth to warm.

Analysis of an ice core drilled from the Antarctic shows the level fluctuated over the last 500,000 years between about 200 parts per million (ppm) during ice ages to more like 270ppm in warmer inter-glacial periods. Before the start of the Industrial Revolution about 200 years ago, the level of CO2 in the atmosphere was around 270-280ppm. It reached 360ppm in the 1990s and recently climbed to a high of 379ppm. The year-on-year average rise is currently 2ppm. There is concern that Greenland’s ice sheet could disappear within the next 1,000 years if global warming continues at its present rate.

Secondly, due to the ice melting, methane captured in the ice will be released into the atmosphere. Not a good thing for the Greenhouse effect.

The permafrost of northern Europe and North America is known to contain large quantities of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, which could also be released as global warming thaws the tundra.

Source: BBC News
(BBC News has tons of information on their site-you may want to visit it if you are interested.)

The thing is even if we stop driving all our cars and shut down all the factorys around the world, the earth will still continue to warm over the next several years. So, why do we care? We should care because if we don’t stop now and find other energy solutions and alternatives we will get to a point where there is no turning back. We must be more responsible in caring for the environment starting at home and going up to the top of corporations and governments.

Of course, we can’t stop driving cars and shut down all the factories in the world. However, we can be responsible. We can make a difference by acknowleding the real human impact in global warming since the Industrial Revolution and by taking steps to lower that impact starting now and into the future.

What we can do at home:

I, for one, am not going to complain any longer when the grocery doesn’t give me plastic bags. From now on, I will bring my own bags for my groceries with happiness in my heart that I am making such a small sacrifice for the future of my children and grandchildren.

The city of Strasbourg just delivered a large bag for grocery shopping (free) to each home in the city. We are, also, given clear bags (free) for sorting recyclables which the city collects twice a month. Strasbourg has a wonderful tram system and is building onto it so that it is accessible to more inhabitants. Several places in the center of the city are completely blocked to cars. There are bike lanes everywhere around the city and Alsace. I have never seen so many people walking or riding bikes in my entire life until I moved to Strasbourg.

Strasbourg is a city that is very progressive in the future of the environment and strives to maintain a high level of life for inhabitants of the city. I hope that many more cities will join in this movement to preserve a beautiful world for a future that deserves more than to clean up after an irresponsible past.

Please, visit these links to learn more about Global Warming and how you can help further:

Worldchanging-Another world is here

UNEP/GRID-Arendal

NRDC-Natural Resources Defense Council

GreenTreks Network, Inc.

Eartheasy-Environmental websites for kids

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  • L'Amerloque February 24, 2006, 9:37 am

    Hi Pumpkin Pie !

    /*/From now on, I will bring my own bags for my groceries with happiness in my heart …/…/*/

    This was the normal French tradition, up until the mid-1970s, when the hypermarkets began handing out gazillions of plastic bags. (smile)

    Plus ca change … (smile)

    Best,
    L’Amerloque

  • Pumpkin Pie February 24, 2006, 2:08 pm

    Hi L’Amerloque!

    I love seeing women and men carrying real woven baskets full of fresh fruit and veggies as well as other misc. grocery products. It reminds of the 50’s in America. I think it is better. It really hasn’t affected my husband and I and we buy a ton of groceries with three babies and two adults. We only go once a week. We just put all the groceries into the trunk from the cart. Once at home my husband can carry more groceries with less diffulculty in those bigger and stronger reusable bags. :)

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