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Does Global Warming Really Matter?

January 5, 2010
By dragonbiscuits SILVER, Near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
dragonbiscuits SILVER, Near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"You cannot acheive peace with violence" -several people

Does it? Does it matter if the Earth is getting warmer, the oceans are rising, and all of the other side effects of all of this carbon dioxide in the air?
Would people be more likely to not recycle if it was proven that global warming does not exist? Would they care if the oceans weren't going to rise? Would they not feel any regret driving their gas guzzlers, as they might do now if they believe global warming exists?
There is very good evidence for and against the existence of global warming, and I am not sure how I feel about this issue. The fact remains that, I do not care if they oceans rise and the earth gets hotter. If every bad thing global warming is supposed to cause doesn't happen, I will still feel the same.
Taking these "green" actions will still have an impact if global warming doesn't exist. Anybody who lives in or nearby a city knows what smog is like, and it is harmful to health. So, even if the CO2 given off by cars doesn't heat up the earth, the effects of less CO2 in the air would be apparent, and positive, and health would certainly be improved. Also, that can that may or may not be recycled will still have an impact.
If not recycled, that can will have to be dug out of the Earth, harming nature for the search of metals, and then wasting energy and creating pollution when brought to the plant by car, and then by being produced in the plant. On the other hand, if the can was recycled, nature wouldn't have to be destroyed to dig the metal, and less energy/pollution is used by the plant to make a new can from the old one. (I will admit, to avoid angry comments, that some pollution will be produced while the can is transported to the plant, but altogether, less harm is done.)
I think you understand my point now, that what will "prevent global warming" will still have an impact whether it truly exists or not.
Also, I ask you to never think that "this one can won't make a difference, I don't see a recycling bin, so I'll throw it out." Every little piece has an impact, no matter how small.
One person may be small, and one million people are definitely huge, but it takes one million of those individual small people to make that huge one million. Same goes for that can, that newspaper, that plastic bag, and every light that is kept on.
Everything is connected to each other, and it is up to us to break the connecting chain of waste.

The author's comments:
The point I make that taking green actions matters even if global warming doesn't exist,is something I have believed for a few years. Horrible things are being done to our planet, with or without heat, and they are the same things (and more) that are said to be contributing to global warming. So please, never forget, that every little thing you do matters, and that, yes, one small decision can cause a huge effect beyond one can being wasted in a landfill.

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boklenhle GOLD said...
on Oct. 2 2011 at 11:07 am
boklenhle GOLD, North Platte, Nebraska
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I really liked how you told us you're beliefs and how you present your ideas almost like pros and cons!

on Aug. 19 2011 at 12:04 am
savetheplanet PLATINUM, Anaheim, California
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It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

This is really good!  I'm a big green supporter and I've never seen anyone present it in that light.  It was a new and enjoyable read for me.  Keep writing! :D

Archy said...
on May. 1 2011 at 3:44 pm
Archy, Honolulu, Hawaii
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Favorite Quote:
"I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, it's not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone"
~Robin Williams

Global Warmind does exist very much because of pollution, but it will take a few hundred years before we have to worry about it. Doesn't mean we sit around and wait till the last minute to do something about it.

on Mar. 10 2010 at 5:44 pm
dragonbiscuits SILVER, Near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
7 articles 1 photo 53 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You cannot acheive peace with violence" -several people

Thanks! It's awesome to see someone who shares my opinion, and I'll be sure to read your article!

on Mar. 9 2010 at 7:15 pm
kadyladystone SILVER, St. Petersburg, Florida
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Only in the presence of nature may one find Heaven on Earth.

Good points! I have always agreed with this, it's just sometimes hard to convince others to agree with you. For instance, my uncle firmly believes that the exhaust from cars has absolutely no effect on the environment, no matter how hard I've tried to convince him otherwise. Read my article if you want another similar view on the environment. :)

on Jan. 18 2010 at 11:43 am
dragonbiscuits SILVER, Near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
7 articles 1 photo 53 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You cannot acheive peace with violence" -several people

Thank you! I wasn't sure if it sounded as good as it does in my head, and I will be sure to read your article.

on Jan. 17 2010 at 9:39 pm
WriterFanatic PLATINUM, DesMoines, Iowa
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Favorite Quote:
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
By Gandhi.

wow. Really good! Hey check out my article about this. It's called We Are The Next Generation. I like how you present your ideas and beliefs. Keep it up