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Global warming is an occurrence where the average world’s temperature increases. This concern has been growing rapidly over the past few decades among nature-lovers and scientist alike. Many parties have put in great amount of money and effort in search of the truth behind this travesty and the results suggest a depressing tale. There is a saying that goes, "In the absence of light, darkness prevails". Therefore, by not taking any drastic and swift actions to correct this problem, global warming will grow exponentially until it reaches a certain point where it is beyond human’s control. When the world gets hotter, a series of events will follow after – each with its’ own negative effects and solutions to these problems are a necessity and not just a simple need.
One of these events is the rising of the sea level and that ultimately, will drastically decrease our limited supply of habitable land. In Al Gore’s The Inconvenient Truth, he talks on the odds of two major ice sheets in West Antarctica and Greenland to collapse, in which either both will increase the global sea level by around 6 metres. The number might look small but that slight change in sea level will sink numerous low-altitude areas, especially those near costal area. The worrisome part about this is that one tenth of the people on earth live in areas less than 10 metres above sea level (Riebeek 2007). If that really were to happen, millions of people’s lives will be lost and render many more homeless – perhaps even without a nation.
Other than that, global warming also causes a disturbance in the equilibrium of nature’s ecosystem. Animals and plants will be forced to adapt themselves to the changes global warming has made on the seasons (The Inconvenient Truth 2007). If these organisms fail to catch up with the changes, they will face a brutal possibility of being extinct. Diseases which used to bring death and despair to people back in the olden days now resurface and continues doing what it has been doing for a long time – kill people. Plus, new diseases such as SARS, Arena virus and Lyme disease are also an effect global warming brings (The Inconvenient Truth 2007).
Corrective measures should be taken into action with no further delay in order to prevent global warming from worsening and alleviate the current situation. Contrary to what public thinks, most people already have sufficient know-how in order to combat excessive carbon emission. The solutions are in our hands (The Inconvenient Truth 2007). We could use energy-saving light bulbs, get an economical car with better mileage, use public transportation, turn off the lights when they are not being used and many more. At an international level, many countries have already joined Kyoto Protocol with the intention of saving the earth by reducing a percentage of carbon dioxide emission. Other countries, primarily, USA need to follow the example shown by these countries.
In short, global warming is an issue that brings us to a time where we must reconsider the actions we have on this earth – the path we took to better our lives with the cost of global warming. Earth is a place where all of us share the luxury and the comfort of having a place to live and we share this planet with the animals and the plants. They deserve to sustain life in here as much as we do. So, let us all, hand-in-hand, tackle this problem and ascertain a better future for the next generation. As said by Winston Churchill, “The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close in its place we are entering a period of consequences.”