The Greener Earth, the Better Earth
Achal Chaurasia Updates – Green Globe
A Warmer Earth; When I think of deforestation, I think of the vast “slash and burn” operations that were carried out in the 1970s, and I think about how it affected the wildlife more than our atmosphere.
The earth has immense forests, which play an important part in the sustainability of habitation. Trees and plants take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen in the spring and summer; in the fall, they drop their leaves which give off carbon dioxide. This cycle seems to keep the CO2 (carbon dioxide) levels in the atmosphere balanced throughout the year. If only humans could have this impact!
Without leaf cover, the albedo (surface reflectivity) changes; what used to be lush and green (rain forests) becomes dry and reflects the rays of the sun back up into the biosphere, trapping heat. Without the forests creating oxygen, the balance in our atmosphere becomes tenuous. The balance of the gases in the earth’s sub stratosphere is delicate, and their stability is of great importance to anyone who needs air to breathe.
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Human activity, like cutting down forests and overgrazing land, can change the climate, not only where it is happening, but around the world. Rising temperatures in the atmosphere have long-term effects on the ocean and the polar ice caps which have the potential for wreaking havoc with the climate
It is of utmost importance that the forests worldwide are protected; by protecting this vast resource, we protect our planet and our future. Plant trees! It seems almost inconceivable to think that starting my car and letting it run for five minutes to get the heat or air conditioning going does not affect the earth’s pulse, but when you multiply that millions of times, there’s no doubt that it has a serious effect.
Simple things that we do, or don’t do, affect our planet’s precious atmosphere. How many times a week do you go to the coffeehouse and get your coffee in a paper or cardboard cup? You might have thought about how many years it takes for that cup to decompose, but have you thought about the energy that went into the production and transportation of that cup? Multiplied by…?
Go Green; Do you reduce, reuse and recycle? Make it a goal to reduce the amount of garbage you produce by recycling and composting. Your town office or city hall will provide you with a list of how to separate your items for recycling. Every item that you can re-use or recycle is one less item in the landfill.
One of the simplest ways to help is to purchase and use cloth shopping bags. The hard part is remembering to take them out of the car and into the store, but once you get into the habit, it becomes second nature. Resolve to not accept plastic bags in a store.
Traveling in a gas-powered vehicle as little as possible is a great way to conserve. Walk or bike whenever and wherever you can; it will help the planet and your health. If you live in the city, use public transportation. Likewise, if you live in the country, carpool to work, and instead of making several trips a week to run errands, save them for one trip.
If you take the time to think about your daily activities, and how you can do them a little differently, you may find yourself not only helping the environment but helping your wallet. Do only full loads of laundry and dishes; cut your shower by two minutes; switch to energy-saving light bulbs; turn your refrigerator and air conditioner up a single degree and turn off your electronic devices at night are all painless ways to help.
Author- Achal Chaurasia
A young businessman who has been in the line of entrepreneurship for quite a few years. He is an active learner and loves to know more about new technological developments coming up as well as how they can be put to great use to yield better results for society.