The Planet & CO2

By Kristen Johnson

Sadly, our planet just crossed another carbon dioxide concentration milestone. In 2015, CO2 levels surpassed 400 parts per million for the first time and the CO2 level from 2013-2014 was bigger than that of 2014-2015. (Huffington Post).

Obviously, climate change “deniers” need to wake up to ever-increasing scientific evidence that we are ruining the environment. But, really, what can we do to make a change so that future generations don’t continue to suffer for our choices now and from the past?

The Natural Resources Defense Council lists several ways to combat against global warming including powering homes with renewable energy, using energy-efficient appliances, actually eating all the food you buy (and making less of that food meat), driving fuel-efficient vehicles, and using public transportation more and using air travel less.

The EPA reports of little changes that can make a big difference for the environment. Replace light fixtures and lightbulbs with Energy Star bulbs, replace old heating and cooling systems in your home, reduce/reuse/recycle, repair leaky faucets to conserve water, and talk about the problem with family and friends.

All of these ideas are easy to implement over time in our personal lives. It’s time to act because it’s already too late.

Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. Glaciers have shrunk, ice on rivers and lakes is breaking up earlier, plant and animal ranges have shifted and trees are flowering sooner.

Effects that scientists had predicted in the past would result from global climate change are now occurring: loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise and longer, more intense heat waves. (NASA)

Only you can be the change the world needs.

Mark 4:19 (NRSV): 19 but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing.

Serve all with love.

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