The increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere and its oceans
is a phenomenon referred to as global warming. It has been traced to the increasing
concentration of greenhouse gases resulting from activities such as deforestation and
burning of fossil fuels. Interest is focused on a sustained increase in temperature that
results to climatic change. Scientists have agreed on the three (3) main indicators of
global warming including rise of air and ocean temperatures, rise of global sea level,
and loss of snow and ice cover.
While it is impossible to single-handedly resolve the issue of global warming, there
are ways for a person to be part of the solution instead of the problem. Concerted
efforts are being undertaken by the international community in the hope of avoiding the
disastrous results of continued warming in the global context. In the mean time, each
one of us can do our share to save our world.
By opting for energy efficiency performance from lighting and appliances we use, we
are already performing one of the simplest ways to greatly reduce our energy needs.
Using appliances during off-peak hours and knowing what appliance to use for a
specific task also helps to conserve a lot of energy. Turning down the thermostat two
(2) degrees down during cold season or two (2) degrees up during warm season adds
up to tremendous savings overtime. Placing the proper insulation where it is needed
such as walls and attic spaces results to less required power. The use of renewable
energy from the sun and wind will release us from dependence on fossil fuels and
encourages further attention to nature. Smarter driving habits also results to less fuel
requirements. The less we test the limits of nature, the more hope we have of finally
averting global warming and other natural threats that confront us.
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