Balancing Act

Nature is the world’s self-survival system and we are screwing it up. Every one of us has to take responsibility. Everything produced since the industrial revolution has a bearing on the destruction though the sheer volume of manufactured goods that release CO2-emissions is climbing.

The industrial revolution began in Great Britain in the late 1770s before spreading to the rest of Europe. The first European countries to be industrialized after England were Belgium, France and the German states. Then the American Industrial Revolution commonly referred to as the Second Industrial Revolution, started sometime around the mid-1800s.

The main cause of air pollution as well as climate change (CO2-emissions) is the burning of fossil fuels (oil, coal, gas). The burning of fossil fuels and the release of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are causing the Earth to become warmer. This additional heat causes the world to be off balance with nature which is stifling (overpowering) our survival.

More frequent and intense drought, storms, heat waves, rising sea levels, melting glaciers and warming oceans can directly harm animals, destroy the places they live, and wreak (cause) havoc (chaos) on people's livelihoods and communities. As climate change worsens, dangerous weather events are becoming more frequent or severe.

So, the question should be what can we do to contribute to reducing the damage, and if we work together will the time and effort help. Collectively, we could get results, but it needs an overall majority to take effect.

Written by Carl Boniface

Answer to work match from Wednesday’s “Slap Up Burger” blog:

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