Global warming was something of a hot topic a few years back, no pun intended. Al gore set the movement squarely in the public eye with his film An Inconvenient Truth in 2006. The debate had already been fired up among political and scientific circles, but the film really helped bring the discussion to a broader audience.
Everyone is talking about being eco friendly in this day and age, but for all the philosophical reasons, all the ethical reasons to go through with it, it’s always difficult to achieve anything without a PRACTICAL goal in mind. In other words, what’s in it for us? It’s not that we’re too self absorbed or that we don’t WANT to help the environment, it’s just that without some real, personal reasons to go eco-friendly, it’s difficult to keep up with it. We don’t have to look at the stuff we dump in the landfills, we don’t know exactly how big that hole in the ozone is, so where’s the direct motivation to do it? Why should we be kinder to our environment? Well, here are three of them.
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The sun’s light gives heat to the earth’s surface and it is, in part radiated back into the atmosphere forming infrared radiation. This infrared radiation is absorbed by the molecules of carbon dioxide and water vapor and returned to the surface of the earth giving the surface of the earth more heat.