10 Ways to Cut Down Global Warming

Global Warming is a complex phenomenon, and its full-scale impacts are hard to predict far in advance. But each year scientists learn more about how global warming is affecting the planet, and many agree that certain consequences are likely to occur if current trends continue. Among these: melting glaciers, early snowmelt and severe droughts will cause more dramatic water shortages and rising sea levels will lead to coastal flooding; warmer sea surface temperatures will fuel more intense hurricanes; forests, farms and cities will face troublesome new pests and more mosquito-borne diseases, and disruption of habitats such as coral reefs and alpine meadows could drive many plant and animal species to extinction.
Throughout most of human history, and certainly before human beings emerged as a dominant species throughout the world, all climate changes were the direct result of natural forces. That changed with the start of the Industrial Revolution, when new agricultural and industrial practices began to alter the global climate and environment. Before that time, human activity didn’t release many greenhouse gases, but population growth, deforestation, factory farming, and the widespread use of fossil fuels are creating an excess of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and contributing to global warming.
There are many simple steps we can take right now to cut global warming pollution. For example, we can cut global warming pollution by simply reducing pollution from vehicles and power plants. Right away, we should put existing technologies for building cleaner cars and more modern electricity generators into widespread use. We can increase our reliance on renewable energy sources such as wind, sun and geothermal. And we can manufacture more efficient appliances and conserve energy. Some of the important steps that can be adopted by informed and reasonable inhabitants of this unique planet may be summarized as under:
  1. We should turn off the light when we are not in a room, and use more energy-efficient bulbs. While energy-efficient bulbs are expensive, they do last longer. Not only will this save money, but it reduces the amount of electricity that needs to be generated and so less fossil fuels have to be burned.
  2. We should try to use public transport, walk, or cycle if possible. It is said that the bicycle is the most efficient form of transport known to man. One must travel in a car only when necessary and unavoidable. If one knows people who are going to the same place, he/she try to car share both the transport and the transportation expenses so that not only less petrol is used and less CO2 is emitted but also less money is spent.
  3. We should try to buy paper or wood products that are certified by the Forestry Commission as being from sustainable, managed woodlands and avoid excess printing of documents from the computer. Print non-presentation documents on the draft ink setting. If possible print on both sides of sheets of paper, thus saving both paper and money.
  4. We must try our level best to recycle as much as possible. This is not just limited to paper, but can include glass, plastic, metal, and a number of other things. Many agencies run recycling collection services.
  5. Above all and beyond any expenses or loss we can encourage people we know to do any or all of the things stated above.
  6. Even if we only turn off the light when we leave a room, the amount of energy that we save builds up over a period of time. If, bit by bit, more and more people start to do that, we may think of how much energy will be saved, thereby reducing the amount of fossil fuels that need to be burned, and reducing the amount of CO2 that enters the atmosphere, reducing global warming.
  7. Similarly if we print on both sides of the paper, we may think how much paper we will save over time. Interestingly, quite a lot and without any loss if all the people do similar efforts on a street, how many trees would they save?
  8. We must note and propagate the fact that small actions really do matter, even if at first they appear fairly insignificant. Most of the time, they involve little effort from us and a lot of them save our money in the long run; and while doing them, we are helping to save the world from ecological disaster.
  9. Some people take things so casually and selfishly that they prefer to argue that it is already too late to do some thing worthy of any worth. We must let them know and realize that if their lot doesn’t try now then they will certainly be compelled at some point in the not-too-distant future to opt for stringent measures but it will be too late then.
  10. All of the environmental and other problems will first diminish and then vanish the day, humans realize the meaning of social animals ‘what they have been dubbed as’ and humanity ‘what is expected of them’ as they are bringing all sorts of harm to them and their environment under the pretext of civilization and development, ignoring the facts that existence and sustenance of other species are as essential and meaningful as their existence and reproduction and that too for themselves alone.

By: Dr.Badruddin Khan