Global Warming… Fixable or Irreversible?


Obama claims that “we don’t have time for a meeting of the flat earth society.” Is this because global warming is being avoided simply because it is irreversible? Climate change is basically irreversible, according to a new scientific study. As carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise, the world will experience more and more long-term environmental disruption. The damage will persist even if emissions are brought under control according to some of the world’s top climate scientists. People have imagined that if we stopped emitting carbon dioxide that the climate would go back to normal in 100 years or 200 years. Some people think that is incorrect. It’s essentially an irreversible change that will last for more than a thousand years. This is because the oceans are currently soaking up a lot of the planet’s excess heat and a lot of the carbon dioxide put into the air. The carbon dioxide and heat will eventually start coming out of the ocean. And that will take place for many hundreds of years.

There are things that can be done to slow down global warming, but it’s impossible as long as the human population continues to rise each year. More people means more CO2 being released into the atmosphere each year, which adds to the planet’s warming temperature. Most humans who live in developed countries, like the United States, continue to do all the things that add to CO2 production, and most people who live in underdeveloped countries are attempting to have lives like Americans. Some people believe that humans will be forced to adapt to rising temperatures by moving north. Famine and floods and water scarcity will eventually reduce the human population on the planet. Maybe if our population is smaller and we adopt a much simpler and different lifestyle, then we can eventually produce less CO2. And THEN we might be able to stop global warming caused by man.

Some ways to take action in order to reduce global warming are to take political action by being well informed on the subject. Being educated on the subject is the first important step to taking action. On a personal level, you’ll be more able to change your lifestyle if you know the truth. On a political level, you’ll be better able to inform others and inspire change if you study the issue first. You can challenge others about global warming. A great way to broaden your own impact is to rally other people to your cause. The more scientific facts you have to back yourself up, the better you can persuade people to make simple yet effective changes in daily behavior. Energy-saving techniques either are initially expensive like solar power, or they take extra time so many people need to be convinced that their efforts matter. Demonstrate the benefits of these activities and highlight how each person can play an important role in helping to reduce global warming. Use examples that show what will happen if these actions are not taken. You can take public transportation. Taking the bus, the train, the subway or other forms of public transportation lessens the load on the roads and reduces one’s individual greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1600 pounds per year. Taking public transport removes the stress of long road commutes. You also save on parking money and time wasted looking for parking spaces. Even if global warming is irreversible, to me it seems all the more reason you might want to do something about it. Committing to something that you can’t back out of seems to me like a step that you’d want to take even more carefully than something you thought you could reverse.