The Effects Are Taking Their Tole

At Save the planet we are always trying to allow people to be more environmentally aware. This week’s article by our feature writer Jasmine White focuses on the topic of climate change.   How has human life really affected ecosystems and wild life, and what are the consequences? Read on…..
“Global warming, along with the cutting and burning of forests and other critical habitats, is causing the loss of living species at a level comparable to the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. That event was believed to have been caused by a giant asteroid. This time it is not an asteroid colliding with the Earth and wreaking havoc: it is us.”
Most human beings just live their day to day life not worrying or caring about what their actions are actually contributing to. Little do they know that they’re actually having such an impact on not only themselves but other living organisms and the environment as well. Basically everyone knows about global warming but they choose to live their lives like they’re in their own little world and are only thinking about the now not what the future will hold. As Yvon Chouinard says “most of the damage we cause to the planet is the result of our own ignorance”.
Ever since the industrial revolution began humans have been using fossil fuels to power machines. Now a day nearly everything you consume, nearly every product you buy, and many of your daily activities, involve the use of fossil fuels. When we burn fossil fuels it releases greenhouse gases. One of the main greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide. Billions of tons of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere every year due to the burning of fossil fuels. Some of it is absorbed by natural processes such as oceans and plants but most of it is accumulated into the atmosphere.
The greenhouse gases act as greenhouse for the earth. They trap heat in which results in the rise in temperature and the change of the climate. The more gases the more heat gets...