CLIMATE CHANGE 3
Inthe beginning, there was Word and it was with God and through iteverything that crawls, flies, swims, walks and bears fruit came intoexistence. After the creation, God saw that everything was good(The new American Bible, 1970).The Bible portrays a pleasing image of how the earth was when allthings were formed, which is so different from what we areexperiencing today in our society. We live in a world where the iceis melting the seas are roaring, the earth is quaking, deserts areincreasing, hurricanes and tornadoes are becoming frequent as aresult of human activities. The man has played a big role in theglobal destruction. Recently, there has been a great percentageincrease in greenhouse gases such as chlorofluorocarbons, watervapor, nitrous oxide, methane, and carbon dioxide resulting in globalwarmingdue to man activities (Metz, 2007).
Sincecivilization, men have built cities as they tried to fight fordominance and political power. These establishments did not comewithout cost forests have been cleared for cities to be developed.Factories have been built, which are emitting high contents ofgreenhouse gases to the atmosphere every day(Mgbemene, Nnaji, and Nwozor, 2016).Industrialization has also resulted in the manufacturing of equipmentmany of which use fuel to function. These machines usually emittraces of methane and carbon dioxide as a by-product. Moreover, themaking of equipment like fridges and perfumes that have fluorocarbonsalso plays a role in the increase of greenhouse gases(Mgbemene et al., 2016).
Furthermore,industrialization has led to the construction of transport systemssuch as roads and railway lines, as the ground is being drilled,methane gas escapes to the atmosphere(Philander, 2012).This is also contributed by the construction of pipelines andmultiple skyscrapers, which involve groundbreaking activities. Miningof minerals also contributes to the release of methane gases in theatmosphere. Moreover, these activities contribute to the release ofhigh volumes of aerosols into the atmosphere, which absorbs infra-redenergy from the sun (Philander,2012). Likewise, these activities have led to deforestation, which reducesthe vegetation cover resulting in an increase of the level of carbondioxide absorbers. People clear forests without replanting they dothis to get space for the growing population. Imagine there was a daywhen the population of human beings was just one (Adam) according tothe Bible, but in 2014 the population was at 7.2 billion according tothe United Nations.
Additionally,this population needs food therefore, people will cut down trees toplant crops or put up ranches. Some of these activities like theplanting of rice results in an increase of methane which is agreenhouse gas. Also, rearing of livestock increases the levels ofmethane gas this is because the animals release it as a byproduct ofdigestion. Similarly, rearing many animals in one place for a longperiod without rotation increases the chances of desertification(Merem, 2012).Likewise, people fight to preserve their sovereignty as aconsequence, the environment is at the receiving end. For instance,World War I and II resulted in great environmental degradation afterweapons of mass destruction were used like atomic bombs(Biasutti, 2011).Great evidence of such detrimental effects can be witnessed inNagasaki and Hiroshima. Also, the use of bombs in the war resulted inthe release of aerosols into the atmosphere these substances absorbheat energy increasing atmospheric temperatures. The devastatingenvironmental effects of war have been witnessed in Iraq, Iran, andSyria. These actions have resulted in the increase of greenhousegases in the atmosphere, which forms an absorption blanket increasingatmospheric temperature beyond its normal point, hence global warming(Biasutti,2011).
Theutilization of fissionable energy has not only led to the building ofbombs, but also nuclear power plants. This has been a good source ofenergy, but when they become unstable, they usually have devastatingenvironmental effects. They not only destroy the vegetation, but alsomake the area unfit for habitation this can be supported by theChernobyl incident(Pongiglione, 2011).Moreover, as humans, we produce waste products, which are eitherburned or decomposed. The two processes result in the emission ofmethane and other greenhouse gases that are absorbed into theatmosphere. Finally, the greatest contributor to climate change isinaction. We know the consequences of climate change, its causes andwhat we need to do to stop it, yet we just watch as our planetsuffers. Despite many summits on climate, nothing conclusive has beendone apart from making proposals (Perkins,2011).For instance, coal has been labeled as a great contributor togreenhouse gases, yet people continue to use it because it is a cheapsource of energy. We live in a society that is profit oriented, thusmany problems we are suffering from, which could have been avertedare as a result of greed(Perkins, 2011).
Thus,the increase of greenhouse gases, aerosols and reduction ofvegetation cover as a result of mining, deforestation,industrialization and grazing, results to global warming. Aerosolsand Greenhouse gases form a blanket in the atmosphere, which absorbsheat energy hence, increasing the earth temperature. On the otherhand, cutting down trees reduces water catchment areas and greenhouseabsorbers, which help to bring a cooling effect to the atmosphere.Similarly, inaction and poor leadership has been the greatestcontributor because people behave ignorantly towards the consequencesof climate change. Therefore, it is evident that man has played amajor role in contributing to global warming hence climate change.
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