Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hope for our Environment

Our planet is on the verge of disasters even worse than the ones we are experiencing now. Yet, the peril goes ignored by most because they don't have a clue. Others simply don't believe, as though our planet contains a never-ending supply of resources. Even less actively do their part to counteract the devastating effects we have on our planet. Slowly, more are starting to take notice, but it still isn't enough!

Oil spills, increasing greenhouse gases, deforestation, overfishing of the oceans, etc. The list goes on and on. Why don't people recycle? Why are we not replanting the trees as we cut them down? The conch in the Bahamas are being overfished. If you don't allow them to reproduce, then how can the population be sustained?

Hello? Are you awake out there? Where are the people crying in outrage and standing up in defense of our struggling world? It literally pains me to see how the planet is in distress, yet it goes ignored. What are you going to do when we have nothing to drink or eat? We have a clean water crisis, with less than 1% of available drinking water - for the world AND many corporations now want to privatize PUBLIC water supplies. Greed, greed, and more greed!

Water is a precious resource and should not be used to make money. Do you really think providing clean, usable water will be the top priority of these companies? No, companies like World Bank Group, want to make money. They will increase prices and cut funding for the necessary infrastructure needed to provide clean water. They do not operate with public safety in mind, only the bottom line is at the top of their priorities. The amount of money they can put back into their pockets is their prime concern. They do NOT care about the public and whether they have access to clean water.

Climate change is starting to affect our national landmarks, such as the Kennedy Space Center and several other NASA sites around the US. I read earlier that NASA has already begun tearing down buildings and moving them back as far from the coast as possible due to the rise in ocean waters. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are under threat from rising sea waters as well. Ellis Island is STILL under renovation since Hurricane Sandy hit on October 29, 2012.

Alaska has seen temperature rises double the pace as the rest of the US. The permafrost has started thawing in Alaska. Many fear buildings, roads and many other areas will begin to collapse at it melts. Another possible side effect of the melting permafrost, is the release of methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

We should spend more time and money investing in clean renewable sources of energy utilizing solar, wind and hydropower. Did you know that solar power is the most plentiful source of energy on the planet? Yet, our government would rather invest in oil or natural gas, which are NOT renewable resources of energy! Some states are trying to shut down the very bills designed to move us forward into using cleaner, renewable energy sources. For example, Ohio legislators seem intent on freezing their renewable energy resource mandates for the next two years to "reassess" the effect on the market and how to approach it. I'm not so sure about that. I think the oil fracking business is booming, so they would prefer to follow the money. It's possibly even their window to shut it down completely. It wouldn't be the first time a government has chosen money over the best interests of their people. Search "Ohio Senate Bill 310" and "Ohio Oil Fracking" for more information.

These are just a few examples. We should take responsibility for our actions and do the right thing. For those who hesitant to believe anything about global warming, I pose these questions. If you are correct about global warming NOT being factual, then what will the results be if we turn to renewable sources of energy and start cleaning up the planet? However, if you are incorrect about global warming and it is actually TRUE, yet we do nothing, then what will be the consequences as a result? Think about that.

I could write a book on everything that is occurring in our world today. It is truly saddening how the majority of the population either has no clue or doesn't care. Take a stand. Go green. Help our environment!

Personally, I'm going to continue spreading the word and doing my part to help clean up our environment. This is my home and I take care of my home. Join me for the greater cause in cleaning up our planet and home!!

Check out some of these useful sites for more information:

U.S. Department of Energy
NOAA Climate.gov
Climate Hot Map - Global Warming Effects Around the World
EPA - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Recycling Basics

Thanks for taking the time to read!

Many blessings!

~ Crystal ~

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