Cleaning Our Mess
by RimaAlha on February 3, 2015 - 1:18am
A survey about global warning was conducted by New York Times, Stanford University and Resources for the future (“Global warning”). Americans were questioned about their views on the subject and their opinion on what the government should do about it. In general, Americans seem aware of the problem and they are 66% more likely to vote for a candidate who is ready to use new energies and to stop damaging the environment. 83% of Americans believe that if nothing is done to reduce global warming, it will become a serious problem in the world. And 52% believe that global warning should be very to extremely important for President Obama. In general, “the poll also found that two-thirds of Americans said they were more likely to vote for political candidates who campaign on fighting climate change” (Coral and Connelly par. 2).
Despite all this passion which emerged only in the last few years, Americans are still not sure about their personal actions concerning global warning. 74% are against increasing taxes on electricity so people use less of it and 63% do not favor the idea of increasing taxes on gasoline so people drive less, or buy cars that use less gas. They seem extremely affected by the global warning issue, except when it comes to their own money. Of course, it is expected to believe in an ideal without doing something to achieve it. The little problem here is that we do not have another choice, it is the only Earth we have. The science concerning global warming is pretty clear: there is no doubt about the human-effect on the environment. Closing our eyes will not improve the situation. In fact, the United States should begin spending more money to save the environment and a bit less in war apparels. Cleaning up the mess we made should be more than just an idea, but a goal instead.
In the end, if we continue to damage our planet, we will die first. And all the ecosystems will regenerate themselves slowly. Hence, we should save our race, not the Earth. If we repeat this enough times, maybe people will begin to listen.
Davenport, Coral, and Marjorie Connelly. "Most Republicans Say They Back Climate Action, Poll Finds." The New York Times. The New York Times, 30 Jan. 2015. Web. 03 Feb. 2015.
"Global Warming: What Should Be Done?" The New York Times. The New York Times, 28 Jan. 2015. Web. 03 Feb. 2015.