Should Americans really care about global warming?
People aren't caring enough about global warming because it isn't stopping. People just go on living their lives knowing that the "earth is burning" as Matthew Rothschild said in a September 2008 commentary in The Progressive.
We have a holiday for Earth to show how much we appreciate it, but it does not seem as though we do. As a matter a fact, the summers get worse and worse. Of course, they are supposed to be hot, but some days are over 100 degrees, and that's not normal. We really have to get the global warming crisis under control.
Without earth, we would cease to exist, so we should try our best to keep it happy and healthy. This world is filled with narcissistic, and self righteous people who live life within themselves. If we don't even care about each other, at least pay your dues to the place that you live in.
The sun is melting the polar ice caps at a very fast rate, and that rate is growing constantly, and soon we could be under water, if we don't contain and put an end to this. We could experience another ice age, maybe not in this generation, but in the next and just because it might not happen now, it doesn't mean we shouldn't care about it.
Just as much as I want to preserve the Earth, I want to preserve the people as well. The future depends on the present. We're at a point where we really shouldn't care about the infidels or skeptics. Now it's just a matter of how we are going to stop this issue. We don't just have to sit there, we can avoid our demise.
Let's take a look now at what the Presidential candidates have to say about this crisis.
On the Green Party's web site, their Presidential candidate, Cynthia McKinney says that "the situation is now quite clear. The United States can no longer hide its truculence under the mask of weather fluctuations or unclear science. Islands are disappearing; indigenous ways of life are threatened; indeed the world as we know it is at risk if the US continues to do nothing. Therefore, a drastic cut in emissions is necessary." She argues that we can't hide this any longer, this is bigger than us now. The whole planet is on the brink. Things are happening right before our eyes and we are sitting around. I care about our earth.
McKinney is very smart, allow me to tell you why. She really does have a point because if we don't stop what is going on then we will suffer the consequences. That is the only obvious way to at least stop global warming a little. The cutting down of fossil fuels is significant!
Another candidate has the same thoughts on this issue. "Global warming is real, is happening now and is the result of human activities," Democratic candidate, Barack Obama begins, before going on with details. "The number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes has almost doubled in the last 30 years. Glaciers are melting faster; the polar ice caps are shrinking; trees are blooming earlier; oceans are becoming more acidic, threatening marine life; people are dying in heat waves; species are migrating, and eventually many will become extinct''.
We need to change our ways expeditiously, or the the rate of these sub-issues will increase. Obama understands and has empathy for not just the Earth, but for the organisms dwelling on it. Life wouldn't exist without the earth so we need to help it out or reality will hit us soon enough. I totally agree with Barack Obama that this has become a most devastating and horrible problem. As one can see, the results of this catastrophe is monstrous. If the glaciers melt then we might be looking at another ice age
Republican candidate, John McCain agees that "climate change is real, I think its devastating, I think we have to act." He also says that he agrees "with most experts that we may at some point reach a tipping point where we cannot save our climate. The overwhelming evidence says that greenhouse gases are contributing to warming of our earth and we have an obligation to take action to fix it."
Do you really want that to take place? Just think of it from a moral standpoint. Our future, more than less, depends on what we do now. We have to slow down what's speeding up or else Earth will not prosper. The human race must strive and keep on going as well as the Earth. John McCain believes that soon it may be too late for our planet. I see what John McCain is saying.
I think that McCain is right. if we don't stop this now, there may come a time when it is too late for our planet and ourselves. There surely is a lot of evidence that green house emissions are the catalyst for global warming. We do have an obligation to fix it and we must act fast.
The Libertarian Presidential candidate, Bob Barr has a different opinion. "One of the most complicated and controversial issues facing America is global warming." Sounds good so far, but then he says on his web site,"Although temperatures have increased in recent decades, the scientific community has been unable to make definitive judgments as to the past cause or future course of climate change." Yeah, but that does not change the fact that global warming is taking place. The evidence is daunting.
I think that Bob Barr is clueless and ignorant when it comes to global warming and it's too late to be talking like this. I wonder, what he's going to say? It really doesn't matter what happened in the past, it's the future were worried about? Like John McCain said, there is a surplus of evidence showing that the greenhouse gases are the cause of global warming. Barr really should stay quiet on this topic unless you're a lot more educated in the field.
Independent candidate for President, Ralph Nader believes that "it is time to break our addiction to fossil fuels." On his web site, he argues,"The evidence of global warming is mounting. We threaten the global environment with our continued use of fossil fuels. Not only is this an ecological threat, it is a tremendous economic threat, facing all of humanity. Global warming will bankrupt the re-insurance industry, spread infectious tropical diseases, and increase severe and unpredictable weather."
Look at all these problems we face because earth is burning. If we're not trying, let's start trying now. I agree with Ralph Nader mostly on the spread of infectious diseases. I think that now not only is Earth and the people on it at risk; according to the economic experts, we will lose tremendous amounts of money due to global warming. There is no doubt that it will quicken the growth of diseases. The hotter it gets, the more viruses that come. Viruses mostly breed in tropical areas. An example is the AIDS virus that was found in Africa. Now not just Africa, but America amongst other countries could be at risk of probably an even worse acquired disease than AIDS.
When we think of our youth; we sometimes think of the free, the clueless, the immature. But take a closer look. We aren't as onerous as we may seem. We have every right to get involved in issues like global warming just as much as much as other people because we are people too.
According to Gina Smith in the October 2, 2008 Atlanta Journal-Constitution, there are enough 18-29 year olds, that if they really did rise up, and "there was a significant bias in which direction they voted, they really could sway an election as close as this one." This holds true along with the fact that this country needs our cooperation in this election. America is supposed to be voting which means everyone who has a mind of their own and who knows what President they want should speak out. Young people have a voice and we are orating at a colossal level. It seems as though Barack Obama is the only one who is listening.
Although very soon, he may be proceeding in hegemony, he has a chill kid-like side to him that the young find interesting and appealing. He can relate to us so we are for him. Therefore the young are for the Democratic Party. They are being benevolent to the poor and considering them and thinking of them in some of the issues as opposed to the Republican Party which only cares about supporting the already rich with more money.
Take a look at this. Gina Smith says, "Polling shows a large youth turnout would benefit Obama,a young father who plays basketball,listens to hip hop artist jay-z on his ipod and recently paid off his student loans." Do you see where im going with this? I think he somewhat understands why we should vote due to his "teen habits." He's into the whole youth scene when he's not busy. Obama seems to lean more towards the youths thoughts and decisions on issues like environmental conservation and ending the war in Iraq.
Why are we basing our vote process on who's callow and not. Although we are still in the germination process being that were "young,"we have every right to express our opinions ust as much anybody does. The so-called "adults" were just like us once, so I'm sure you can understand how pungent not being able to have a say in something just because your young.
I looked at some graphs about the "Youth Vote: The Power of Registration," published by TJHalva on the VoteForAmerica web site on October 2, 2008.
According to TJHalva, young people would be doing the Democratic Party a huge favor if we could vote. We use the Internet tremendously and so by giving us the chance to express our opinions there,we would be doing this country a great favor. It looks as though,the plan is already put into motion as many young people are registering to vote. This is awesome because now we kind of have a say. Look at how the Internet helps out.
This year "unlike years past, the Internet will play a crucial role in determining the outcome of the election." Guess what, in case you didn't know, we can use the Internet, not neccesarily, but overall better then older people can, and that will along with other things mentioned before helped sway the countries future for better.
Although we cant actually vote, over the years we have done more to help the election then people who can actually vote. "Many people in this age group have the intention of voting, but are simply unaware of the requirements for registration." With a new Google link that actually lets 18-24 year olds find out how to register, this isn't a problem anymore.
A graph showing the youth vote with registered voters and people who actually voted from 1972 to 2004 shows that registered voters took more of a huge part then actual voters. This shows that we are more then less interested in the election as some of you might not think. We don't just think about getting our hair done or getting those new sneakers all the time amongst other minor self priorities.
We do sometimes have to work and have to get bigger things done and some of us think about serious issues like global warming. If you go on Facebook or MySpace or other friend-affiliated sites, you will see in almost every profile whether that kid is conservative, liberal, independent, or just doesn't care. Also we are biased in this election due to the fact that Barack Obama is with us on somethings.
Another graph involves how many young people voted democratic,republican or other party from 1992-2004. The Democratic Party came out with 51% while the Republican Party came out with 39.5. Any registered voter aged 18-24 has a statistical probability of voting for the Democratic candidate 39.8% of the time and only a 30.8% chance of voting Republican. With the Democrats making a killer in this election. Our future is in good hands, so it seems. The Republicans are haughty in their views and only care about the wealthy and giving money to the rich while leaving the poor to stay the way they are. It just isn't fair and it doesn't make sense that anybody would vote for the Republican Party.
If you think about it, some of the issues relate to us so why shouldn't we have a voice in all of this. Abortion? If we weren't around, there wouldn't be much use for the word and this issue wouldn't exist. Abortion occurs in teens mostly so its only natural that you understand the topic better from a teen point of view, right? I think so. Also, along with abortion, budget cuts. Think about how that would effect us and our learning experience. You tell us to go to school and learn and get a good education but how can we do this to our full potential when we don't have enough implements/tools to work with. We can only improvise so much. We are very aware of what is going on around us. I don't think you are "aware" of that. But I think global warming is the biggest issue.
Should Americans really care about global warming? Very much so, we as people are responsible for our actions internally and externally, this is an external problem that needs to be dealt with by everyone. Let's try really hard on this folks. If you don't believe that global warming is happening, then start because we need as much help as we can get for this to slow down. We can do this. We don't just have to sit there. We can avoid our demise.
We can avoid this if we put our heads together and think. We have solutions, we just have to put them to work. But No! Due to self-loving idiots, we can't get started. We hold this country's fate. Lets stop playing games and get to work with what we have to do. This isn't a joke, no not at all. Emission cuts are in order along with other things. The earth needs our endearment and help. Lets give it all that we can give it. As Spike Lee might say we have to "do the right thing."
We need the next President of the United States to do what's best for our us and earth, for that matter. Look around, the earth is on fire and we need to cool it or else the consequences will be unbearable. Let's be civil and mature about this and put an end to global warming once and for all. We are morally obligated to help out here so do what you can as best as you can. Step out of your own little world for once and realize that you are the cause of this catastrophe along with everybody else. Do the right thing please.