God save us!
Global warming is changing our world. Severe hurricanes, tornadoes, heat waves, and flooding are becoming commonplace. The consequences, including loss of life, economic disruption, and population dislocation are growing each year. As individuals living on the planet at this moment in time, we face a challenge no generation has ever had to face.We need to dramatically change the manner in which we use the Earth’s natural resources. And we need to do this soon or we will significantly increase the severity of climate-induced natural disasters.
The primary cause of global warming is carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels—gasoline, coal, oil, and natural gas—which we use to power our cars and homes and to produce the goods we consume. The typical American household generates 55,000 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. Taken collectively, US households directly produce about 8% of the planet’s carbon dioxide emissions, and through our purchases we are indirectly responsible for another 17%. By contrast, the typical German household contributes 27,000 pounds and the average Swedish household’s contribution is only 15,000 pounds. Clearly, we have much room for improvement.
If the bad news is that individual Americans are a major part of the problem, the good news is that we can also be a major part of the solution. By making specific, targeted changes to actions we already take every day, we can significantly reduce our CO2 emissions.
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