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Why everyone of us must act now to save the Earth ?

 Dr. Abhinandan Bhardwaj PhD

Humans have been plundering and polluting this Earth ever since mankind started using natural resources to make tools for day to day activities. But in ancient times we really did not threaten the fragile earth's environment as much as natural resources we used at that time were not even 1% of what we use now and there was no mass production of any goods using manufacturing industries as we do now also what ever we used from nature was easily  recycled in the nature, so it never threatened the Earth's Natural environment. However, its only since the industrial revolution that modern man started plundering the nature as had never seen before. Rapid industrialization and invention of autos, airplanes rails, mass electricity generation using coal etc, had made matters worse. By doing so we have been pumping millions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere 24 hours a day 7 days a week for more than a century and half now. All this has resulted in dangerous buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and as a result we are now experiencing the bad impacts of continued unchecked pollution in the form of  global warming and related climatic changes. This has happened to an extent that our own survival may become impossible in very near future. We must act and act now both individually and collectively. Every one of us has to share this responsibility and make every effort to save this planet. Everyone needs to do its bit by making small changes in what ever we do in our daily life.

What is needed today in our society is environmental consciousness, as if we  are conscious about what we do and how everything we do impacts the environment negatively or positively we can definitely make some effort by going in the right direction and doing what ever is right for the environment.

 

Here are some points which every one of us can follow:
1. Start saving the environment right from your home by following the guidelines discussed below and make a difference. Click here for more tips
2. Convince your home country governments to sign up and follow the Kyoto Protocol.
3. Get involved and spread awareness everywhere - at work, at community meetings, at church /temple or  parties.
4. Check how much you contribute daily to the green house gases use EPA's. Personal Emission Calculator to see.  Click Here

1. Start at Home:

Underestimating individual effort is the biggest myth one can have in saving the environment. We must realize that we need to start the action at home. Small small things which we do or don't do at home impact our environment negatively or positively. If every one in this world realizes the importance of individual effort we will be able to dramatically reduce green house gases in the atmosphere dramatically.

Scientists agree that the burning of fossil fuels is causing global warming. Since these fuels are burned for energy, and everyone uses energy, everyone can help stop global warming just by using less energy.

Every individual shares responsibility for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We in North America produces over 22 tons of CO2 a year individually – nearly 4 times the world average. Present day modern societies depends on energy produced from fossil fuels, which represent the largest source of human-caused emissions. It is useful to understand how certain behaviors and lifestyle choices can significantly reduce the green house gases through simple, cost-saving measures in and around our home.

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What you can do at home?

- Follow Recycle Reduce Reuse principle Click here to learn more

 - Choose energy-efficient appliances. New appliances use 40 to 45 per cent less energy than older models.

  - Install a programmable thermostat
Programmable thermostats will automatically adjust the heat or air         conditioning and not only save your electricity bill but save the environment.

  - Clean or replace filters of furnace and air conditioners.

  - Take public transit system, use car pool or bike to work instead of taking  your car to work.

 - Minimize Air travel as much as possible. Always remember Jets releases large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere which damages the environment.

 - Use energy efficient bulbs and tubes for lightening the home. Look for ENERGY STAR recommended items. Use compact fluorescent bulb or CFL bulbs. CFL bulbs consumes 60% less energy than normal bulbs.

 - Insulate your home properly. Properly insulated home not only help save your monthly bill but in turn will help save the energy and environment.

 - Do not waste water or energy unnecessarily. 

  - Collect and dispose all domestic garbage in different bags one for  paper, one for glass & cans and for plastic. Click here to learn about Recycle

- If possible switch to green energy such as wind or solar energy. This might cost you little in the beginning but will save you a lot in the long run and you will save environment by doing so as well.

- Minimize the use of paper as much as possible at home. Try using e-mail instead of paper mail. Buy only recycled papers.

- While doing grocery use cloth reusable bags rather than plastic bags. Minimize the use of plastic bags as much as possible.

- Where ever you are home, office, gardening or traveling  think about how your small  actions can make a difference in saving the environment.

 - Teach your kids, your family members & Friends about the importance of saving the environment and tell them the tips about how to save it.

 Go Carbon Neutral: Carbon neutral means reducing the amount of carbon generated by you or your company resulting from travel, company travel, heating, lights or other processes. If you want to know about how to go carbon Neutral iSaveEarth.org can help you. We encourages  individuals and companies to embrace “Carbon Neutral” policies.

2. Convince your home country Governments to sign up for Kyoto Protocol: Read about complete Kyoto Protocol

We need to implement  kyoto protocol in every country if we have to save this planet from climate change or Global warming. The biggest drawback of Kyoto protocol was the withdrawal in 2001 of the United States, world’s biggest emitter of “greenhouse gases”, from the protocol.

This caused great problem to protocol members. But the other states recovered, renewed their commitment and have forged ahead with plans to implement the treaty, without US involvement.

For the protocol to come into force, 55 Parties to the UNFCCC must ratify it, including the developed countries whose combined 1990 emissions of carbon dioxide exceed 55 per cent of that group's total.

While the US Government has decided against the Kyoto treaty, many individual states in America are now adopting or planning to adopt greenhouse gas reductions in line with the spirit of the Protocol.

A report, launched  by the International Climate Change Task Force, argues that even a two degree rise could take the planet past a point of "no return.

Never before has the negative impact of climate change been more evident than the recent devastating weather conditions resulting in widespread hurricanes, cyclones, tropical storms, tidal waves, tsunamis in various parts of the world, particularly affecting small island developing states. Small countries are the most vulnerable to global climate change.


It would appear that at this historic point, when the Kyoto protocol came into force, there is an emerging consensus that the world should adopt the following targets:

To keep the rise in average global temperature to a maximum of 2 degrees centigrade.
This would mean limiting the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to a maximum of 400 parts per million.
To reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 60% below the present levels, in order to achieve the above two targets.
It is obvious from the above that the current Kyoto protocol is not enough, as it only obliges the developed country members to cut their gas emissions by 2012 to around 5 to 10 per cent below their 1990 levels.

Even to meet these inadequate target will be a hard task. Meanwhile, negotiations under the protocol will intensify on new commitments for countries beyond 2012.

What needs to be done is pressure from the public to their respective governments to adopt and follow the protocol. Public needs to be aware of the consequences of not following the protocol. We need to stand up together in one voice and make it clear to our Governments that they take this threat seriously and have the political will to follow the guide lines of this protocol before we reach the point of no return. There is nothing more powerful in this world than the informed public, and if public stand together then no Govt. or country can stand without listening to what public has to say. So we need to stand together and get our message across loud and clear that we need to act and we need to act now.

3. Get involved and spread awareness everywhere - at work, at community meetings, at church /temple or  parties.

We should never underestimate power of an individual. We all must think that we start spreading the message of environmental problems and start addressing them right from our home, all these problems will start reducing right away. So getting involved  in this cause whole heartedly is very important. Once you believe in something firmly there is nothing stopping you to discuss about it and educating colleagues, friends and family members where ever you go or whatever you do. So be bold and discuss these issues with your friends and family members and get them involved. As one by one we will grow to millions and from millions to billions and there is nothing which billions of people working together cannot achieve. Get involved and proudly say iSaveEarth every day.

           

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