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.

WORKS CITED

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.

Comments

We should not only be concerned on saving the human race, but increasing the quality of living for all, as well as keeping our ecosystems at a sometime high standard.

This is quite an important and significant issue that you're touching upon since indeed, this doesn't only concern a particular person or group but rather every human being. Attempting to solve the problem of global warming by augmenting taxes upon things such as electricity and gasoline may be one solution but if you genuinely think about it, this would possibly end up causing trouble to the inhabitants for whom electricity and gas are essentials in a daily living. The individuals would obviously hesitate in supporting an idea which might bring detrimental consequences to themselves. Therefore, we should seek for a more preferable elucidation and I believe the answer would be education. The governments should take actions that would lead to a world where people would be extremely well educated upon the critical subject which can be done by multiple ways such as ads, newspaper, television, consciousness rising projects, etc. The more people made conscious, the possibility of attaining positive results becomes higher. It is acutely important to raise awareness and not only amongst the adults of our present but rather crucially as well for the youngest generation, the upcoming shining stars. They should constantly be made aware at young ages in schools about the devastating impacts of climate change so they grow up to think environment friendly. This whole process requires consistency and repeatedness which, as you stated, increases the chances of people hearing and listening to us.