Global Warming! are we all responsible?

Global Warming - global warming
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@kamran12 (5555)
Pakistan
April 1, 2007 11:36am CST
I think most of you have seen the documentory movie "An Inconvinient Truth" which itself, i think, is a great effort and have won Oscar too. The statistics and data shown, if correct, seem very convincing. My question is,"are we all responsible for global warming by our individual actions and life styles or are they just governments, who's policies and not taking appropriate measures against it, responsible? Now if we are all responsible to cause global warming, isn't it our responsibility too, to amend our ways and correct our life styles in order to curb this evil? Even if, only governments are responsible, arn't we all responsible, in part, by not opposing the policies which are not earth friendly? Are we doing enough on our part? if not why and how can we better participate? if yes then will it really stop the negative cycle?
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@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
1 Apr 07
Absolutely, we are responsible as individuals and as nations. Each of us needs to be conscious of making green decisions. And we must pressure our governments to do the same. I haven't seen the movie but I did read the book. It was very convincing, giving evidence after evidence of serious problems coming from global warming. At the same time it gave hope that if we se5riously change our ways now we can turn it around. At the moment, Ethanol is the best choice available. The raw materials for doing it are abundant and replaceable. There is a man in our city who makes his own ethanol for his Lexus with a still in his back yard. He uses wasted fruit, things that are too ripe to use or to sell. Other people use corn. It is my understanding that the most economical and easy to replace would be hemp, if the government allowed it to be grown. You know, currently we pay farmers NOT to grow certain crops. We could be paying them to grow crops that are used as fuel for automobiles instead. This would save the government money and keep the fuel market in our own country and save the environment all at the same time. But there are lots of little things we each can do, even if we can't make our own fuel. I was amazed at how much of a difference it would make if we didn't let our cars idle, especially at drive-thru windows. Get up and go inside. Not only are you saving the environment but you are getting a smidgen of healthy exercise. [Or better yet, go someplace to eat that serves healthy food!] We can use less water. Clean water is getting harder and harder to provide. We don't need to let the water run while we brush our teeth, for instance. And we don't need to use fuel to heat water that doesn't need to be boiling hot. We can only run full loads of the dishwasher and clothes washer. We can dry our clothes outside on clotheslines whenever possible. We can use toilets that flush with less water and showerheads that use less water. We can use less plastics and recycle more of the ones we do use. We can make recycling a priority. We can manufacture and purchase more fuel effecient vehicles. We can use more mass transit. On and on and on. We must wake up and do whatever we can to restore the earth to its former health. When we destroy the environment we destroy ourselves.
@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
1 Apr 07
thank you very much for sharing your beautiful thoughts. I really appreciate the way you think about our common future. it's true that it isn't late yet, but we will have to act fast and hard, in order to first, deccelerate the negative impact and then promote the positives. once again thanks for your opinion and participation.
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• United States
2 Apr 07
On t.v. this evening was a program about climate change. They showed retreating glaciers in S. America and also the drastic changes in Antarctica over just four years! We've got to really get busy and make some hard choices or we will have no world for our grandchildren.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
2 Apr 07
yes that's the ongoing reality and we must act, i agree.
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@JessyBlue (536)
• United States
27 May 07
Yes I think we are all responsible for global warming, for we all do leave some foot prints in this world. I think Government is also responsible, for not giving us better alternatives to use that are less harming to the environment.
@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
27 May 07
You are right in that we all leave foot prints in this world. We can somewhat reduce the problem just by taking some small steps in our daily lives. Bigger leaps can only be taken by governments though. I hope that we wake up before sooner than it's too late. Thanks for your participation JessyBlue!:-)
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@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
27 May 07
I think to a large extent we are all guilty. This is the lifestyle we have all longed for and now we have it. Howver, many individuals have woken up to the inherent problems in all of this. I really do not think the governments are listening at this point, and they probably never will. Money and business means too much to them. Nevertheless, we created this mess...
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
27 May 07
I agree that we are all guilty, one way or the other. It's good that individuals are waking up which will make a stream and only then we can make a difference. Governments are too busy in their businesses to listen but with increasing voices, one day they will have to listen. Thanks for your views and thoughts, golfproo!:-)
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
29 May 07
We are not responsible because if we are, the natural remedy is by having no kids, and that would be those of European background who would be pressured into childlessness and would be construed as racial prejudice or saying that brown or black races are better than everyone else,etc.. We could have only one or two children, but that too would not be right because when the climate is cool enough, perhaps those families are no more, because that one or two child may have decided to remain childless or be unable to produce any himself or herself. We can do all the recycling and being frugal, but that might mean lowering our standard of living to that of the 19th century (I am talking about the West here), and that would mean more deaths of pneumonia,etc. And you forget one thing, some of us have grown up without, we have gone without the luxuries, had to live on casseroles, gone to second hand stores to buy our clothes, walked and only took the bus when it was quite a distance, turned off the lights, grew our veggies, did not buy junk food, etc. If you have already done these things, it was because you wanted to stretch a dollar, not to save the earth. Besides God is in charge of these things, not the earth goddess or whatever you call it and I've seen so many science fiction movies where evil trees come and devour humans and the earth reaches out tentacles and grabs its victims from below, to find the idea of global warming caused by man as ridiculous.