Global Warming is a world wide concern, affecting ecosystems worldwide, disrupting economies and altering the lives of humans everywhere. Though we all know it is an important issue, we refuse to go completely “green”, and depend on alternate energy sources and safer, eco-friendly means of transportation. As if it were a trivial issue, humanity has pushed the matter aside, focusing on economic and governmental issues.
Just what is Global Warming? It is the deterioration of the O-Zone layer and the steady rising of the global temperature. Ever wondered why the summers have been getting warmer? It’s because carbon dioxide (CO2) gases are trapped within the Earth’s atmosphere, causing temperatures to go up. CO2 is released from cars, factories, and power plants, in the form of smog. When the smog is released into the air, it weakens the protective O-Zone layer. When this layer is damaged, more of the suns rays become trapped inside the atmosphere, causing temperatures to rise and melting the polar ice caps. If the ice caps were to completely melt, the ocean’s waters would rise and we would be looking at significant loss in land mass.
Trees are nature’s way of cleaning up smog. During the day, the trees take in the carbon dioxide and purify it to be released into the air again. One big air purification plant is the Amazon Rainforest, where the various trees and plants clean the air and reduce the smog levels that are harming our Earth. If we lose the Amazon, we lose our last fighting chance to stop what our pollutants have set in motion.