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Global action for a global change

In the midst of all these discussions about terrorism and other diseases plaguing our lives… one issue which comes into the centre of discussion with as much rapidity as it fades away is GLOBAL WARMING.

Now, when I started reading about this a few years ago…. I was bombarded with a number of terms thrown in – CLIMATE CHANGE, GLOBAL WARMING, CARBON EMISSIONS, KYOTO PROTOCOL, GREENHOUSE EFFECT……. Little attention did I pay to these (owing to my ignorance and preoccupation with other things affecting me more directly) until I realized that these so-called terms have a long-term effect on me… and also that I am equally responsible for their existence in the first place.

For the sake of readers who might not know these terms, I think it’s prudent to put their context into perspective… one group which is doing lot of work in this area is 350.org. And this is how they define the whole problem:
Global warming is happening faster than ever and humans are responsible. Global warming is caused by releasing what are called greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The most common greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide. Many of the activities we do every day like turn the lights on, cook food, or heat or cool our homes rely on energy sources like coal and oil that emit carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases. This is a major problem because global warming destabilizes the delicate balance that makes life on this planet possible. Just a few degrees in temperature can completely change the world as we know it, and threaten the lives of millions of people around the world.

But we don’t need to lose hope… Any problem doesn’t arise without a solution!! However, the urgency of the moment is to curb this menace… before it would end up haunting mankind forever. Another dimension of this problem is its global imbalance… developing regions like Africa are more at its receiving end than the developed countries even though they are not contributing so much to the problem. And so we should not look for isolated solutions at a country / regional level but come together across the table for a global solution.

Time for us to unite again… to make this planet livable for generations to come. United we stand and divided we fall.

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