Greenhouse Gases and their efect
March 12, 2007 9:57pm CST
Is anyone else here worried about the futire of our planet? I don't want to sound like I'm preaching, but I watched a program on TV a couple weeks ago called 'The National Carbon Test' and it basically showed how much greenhouse gases and carbon we're polluting the air with because of our lifestyle. A hell of a lot of it is caused by industrial work but we as individuals play a big part in it also. It's scary to think that life for our grandchildren and great grandchildren ciould be totally affected by the way we're living now. it was mentioned that polar bears are drowning because the distance they have to swim to get to more ice is too far because the icecaps are melting and so many animals are facing extinction. In Australia in the next few years, normal light bulbs will be phased out and we will all have to use flouorescent bulbs. These cost a little more but over a couple of years, the money saved on electricity will make up for it. I plan on buying these bulbs, trying to cut down electricity I use like lights, hot water, fans, air conditioners etc to do my bit in reducing greenhouse gases. It was a really interesting program to see, scary but interesting. Here is the site, it has heaps of great info on it www.ten.com.au/ten/tv_coolaid.html
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14 Mar 07
I saw a program about it too and it was really interesting. The thing your saying about the polar bears drowning was also features in the BBC series Discover Earth and it was so sad. Polar bears are getting stranded on islands of ice after waking up from hibernation and having to swim for miles for land. One of the polar bears swam for hours and was starving, finally found loads of walruses on an island of ice and went in for the attack but ended up injured badly and just had to lie down and wait for the starvation to kill him. It was so sad that I was crying!
• United States
13 Mar 07
Call it maturing (or just getting old), but yes, I am also concerned about how greenhouse gases are affecting our planet. Call me nutty, but I ascribe to the "Gaia Theory", that our planet is a living creature and she's getting mighty upset with the way we're treating her. We've cut down her rain forests (lungs), filled her air with pollutants, poisoned her ground, caused imbalances in the food chain, etc. In this theory, we humans are like viruses causing disease to the planet. In my humble and nutty opinion, the earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and erupting volcanoes are Gaia's way of ridding herself of "the virus" (us) which is killing her. I had a thought the other day, and I don't know if this is possible, but as a step towards reducing waste, what do you think of the idea of asking fast-food places to provide two kinds of garbage bins: one to throw food into and one to throw food containers into? That way the containers can be separated and sent to recycling? Is this a viable idea or am I really off-the-wall?