Like it or not, we all live on this planet. We are part of something bigger than ourselves; we are part of the environment. We all breathe the same air and drink the same water. We all walk on the same ground and experience the same sunshine and moonlight. Earth is something that we all have in common. It is our home and we have to preserve it.

Do you know anyone who throws trash around in his or her room? I should hope not because he or she lives there. It is strange how humans want to keep their houses clean but could care less for their other home, the planet. What happens when you sleep in a dirty room or house? You get sick. What happens when we live on a polluted planet? We get sick. It is to mankind’s benefit to keep a clean planet.

Global Climate change aka Global Warming is a reality. If you do not believe this then just look at a pictures of the ice caps in the North Pole. Just 10 years ago, the ice shelves were exponentially larger than they are today. Refuting the idea of global warming is refusing to see what is in front of you. Liberals as well as Conservatives agree that the globe is getting warmer, but there is a cleavage as to how climate change is caused. I stand firmly that global warming is man made and that is is our responsibility to solve the problem before we all die from pollution.

First is the problem of clear information. Republicans passionately oppose the idea that global warming is man made, so much so that “none of the Republicans running for the Senate — including the 20 or so with a serious chance of winning — accept the scientific consensus that humans are largely responsible for global warming” [1]. They refuse to accept the factual information that is in front of them because Republicans want to play politics. Republicans figure that opposing new environmental policy will allow them to paint Democrats as tax and spend politicians [1].  So what are the facts?

An international team of scientists in Britain reviewed over 100 studies on climate change since 2007 and came to the conclusion that the chances of the Earth naturally becoming warmer are “increasingly remote” [2]. To summarize, these reputable scientists said that people are responsible for climate change. A United Nations panel of over one hundred international scientists came to the same conclusion; that “is an overwhelming probability that human activities are warming the planet” [3]. A top American scientist on climate change said “there can be no question that the increase in greenhouse gases are dominated by human activities,” simply put, we are releasing too much pollution into the world [4]. No one is going to definitely say it, but the evidence strongly supports the idea that global warming is man made. Based on this evidence, I say it is.

Now lets suppose that you still refuse to believe the scientific findings about global warming. If you live in a city, I ask you to step outside and take a deep breath. Look around. Look at the sky. What do you see? Pollution. Man Made Pollution. You breath and process this garbage every day. Now suppose you go to a countryside for a few days. The first thing that you will notice is the clean air because of the lack of factories, smog, cars, etc. It feels good to breathe. Since clean air is good to breathe, can’t you assume that it is also good for the environment? The Earth is alive just like you and me; it needs to be clean. When we have garbage in our house, we clean it so that our house does not smell or attract bugs. Why should the Earth be any different?

Now I challenge everyone to take a role in cleaning the environment. We caused the problem, but we can also fix it. If you still do not believe that humans are responsible for our current environmental catastrophe, I ask you, when was the last time that a plastic bag stuck in a tree was created in nature? When was the last time that oil naturally “leaked” into the ocean? When was the last time that smog in the air came from plants?

Global warming is a reality due to pollution caused by humans. It is not some myth thought of to scare us into becoming “green.” You see the effects of it every day in extreme weather and disrupted ecosystems. It is time for us to do something.

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[1] http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/18/opinion/18mon1.html?_r=1&ref=environment
[2] http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/evidence-of-man-made-global-warming-grows-stronger/19384663
[3] http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/02/AR2007020200192.html
[4] http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,249659,00.html
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10 Responses to Why We Need to Protect Our Environment

  1. Tony Peterson says:

    Wow! I found this article to be insightful. It was completely changed my perspective on party politics. Thank you New Polity for changing my life. I love you.

  2. catera isme says:

    i am doing this for a school assignment and this article really is helping me thanks New Polity hey

  3. andy says:

    this article was amazing. WTF a definate read :)

  4. kelvin says:

    this article opened my eyes, but its too bad that i live in a country where people are just too attached to them selves and are too blind to see what is happening to THEIR world.

    our government is full of bribe taking, consiousless leaders (majority of them.

    but this articlehas a lot of knowledge that one must know.
    thanks for opening my eyes.

  5. Matt L says:

    This is a great article and very insightful. It amazes me how people still don’t see global warming as an important issue to follow. We all need to do our job to keep the environment safe or it will be bad.

  6. isack mohamed says:

    i live in a country(Somalia) which its natural forests removed for small farming purposes and trees cut for charcoal consumption ,for that cause animals either vanished or migrated to the neighboring countries (kenyaand eithiobia) that is why hear UN declared famine outbreak in Somalia.
    I THINK THAT WHY NEED TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT.

  7. I am doing this research for an essay…….it ws really helpful for meeeeeeee.we should live in this real worldddd

  8. this article is so useful .. it all says the truth about us people and how’s our environment is going on nowadays .. :) and also this article can also help people to realize and convince them to clean and protect our environment … :) ))

  9. jeffery okafor says:

    this was really nice i think this was a nice one with this i would be the best

  10. Elsie says:

    One, I’m now a Republican, at least for today, so I can vote in the Republican primary. This can impact both worldwide and local patterns of climate and atmosphere-ocean circulation. Global warming is caused by burning hydrocarbons and depleting forests, not by the sun.

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