Help me save these polar bears’ home.
It is not just their homes that I spend sleepless nights thinking about. Global warming will affect many people. Maps will need to be redrawn. With Katrina more than ten years behind us, our memories fade, but we need to remember. We need to care.
What will happen if 30 million people are displaced due to rising sea level and drought? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in the last 100 years, sea levels have risen about 6 to 8 inches. Icebergs form when the ice breaks off of glaciers into the sea water, but this cannot account for such changes in sea level. Antarctica accounts for 90% of the world’s ice. Antarctica is covered in about 2,133 meters of ice. If this ice were to melt, the oceans could rise about 200 feet.
Our sister planet, Venus has an atmosphere made up mostly carbon dioxide, and it is the hottest place in our solar system. The same buildup of carbon dioxide on our planet has caused a greenhouse effect, warming the planet by 1 degrees in the last hundred years. That might not sound like much, but the effect has been extreme, from flooding, stronger and severe hurricanes and drought.
You might ask, given such immense conditions, what can I do? One choice could be to drive a smaller, more fuel efficient car. Personal vehicles are a major source of pollution, with all cars and trucks in the US accounting for 20% of emissions. Solar is another option. The production of electricity is the biggest source of pollution in our country. One way we can make a huge impact with little effort is to choice where we get our electricity. Energy deregulation has given us a choice, allowing us to stay with our current electric utility, but choice our provider, often allowing us to choice more green energy.
Join me and take action. Help save the home for these polar bears, and 30 million fellow human beings.
By day, Rachelle, working mother of two, serves as an education advocate and career advisor for MassEdCO. By night, Rachelle provided career consulting and works to promote green energy. When Rachelle is not writing her blog, advising her students, or coaching her clients, she enjoys camping and going to the theater with her two children.