Today, we are flooded with the words global warming, read articles about it, watched programs concerning it and among others. What is global warming, anyway? This is simply defined as the increase in the average temperature on the earth but scientists prefer to refer to it as climate change rather than global warming. A rise in as little as 1 degree Celsius has significant effects to the air temperature of the earth resulting to various chain reactions on the earths natural ecosystem.
Over the last one hundred years, studies revealed that the earths temperature rose to about 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit or 1 degree Celsius. The figure does not seem much yet it has brought several catastrophic disasters in our planet. There have been so many reports as to the causes of climate change and the contributing factors and its effects to nature along with campaigns to educate the masses. It is believed that mans unscrupulous abuse of nature due to inventions that emit harmful gases, chemicals that pollute rivers and oceans and practices that destroy the natural habitats of plants and animals may have caused what we are experiencing presently. Thus it is our duty as residents of the earth to help by starting in our own very homes.
Let us help mother earth through waste segregation right from our homes. Dividing biodegradables from non-biodegradables will definitely lessen the garbage collectors worries as their work will not only be lessened but also the amount of garbage that will possibly clog our drainage and pollute our seas is also decreased. Biodegradables can be buried in our backyards to rot and after some time, can be mixed with soil for our flower pots. Non-biodegradables can be given or sold to backyard industry involved in various recycling activities.
Avoid using aerosol sprays containing chlorofluorocarbons or CFC for hairs, deodorizers, insect sprays, refrigerators and air conditioners as they are harmful not only to the air such that it depletes the ozone layer of the earth but also to our health and the environment. Though there have been laws regulating the production of CFCs since 1970s because of their destructive components, it was only in the year 1990 that world leaders agreed to ban the chemical and that a protocol for its complete elimination in the year 2000 was called for.
Choose an organic way of farming or patronize agricultural products produced through organic farming. Some environment-friendly organizations such as organic farming industry are actively involved in educating farmers and assisting them through livelihood projects such as farming without using detrimental and poisonous chemicals in tending their crops. Research shows that chemicals that are being used in conventional farming such as pesticides and insecticides in farm produce served on our tables have hidden dangerous effects to our health and have caused some illnesses such as cancers and Alzheimers disease. Insecticides that kill bugs feeding on crops have harmful phosphorous content while fungicides that kill fungus that grow on and surrounding crops contain copper and mercury.
So, supporting environmental concerns and campaign does not need to be done actively such as marching into the streets with placards and banners shouting your purpose but can be done at home in a silent but productive manner. The results of studies have led to some manufacturers from food items to utility services to promote and use methods and materials that do not harm the environment.
Starting your own backyard farming at home will not just save you a few bucks from gasoline going to the market but more importantly, from using your car and emitting unnecessary air pollutants. Although not everyone is blessed with a green thumb, all you may need is to buy organic fertilizer around for a bountiful harvest. If you are having problems tending to your unhealthy ornamental plants, an liquid aerator may just be the answer to your gardening needs.