WHAT IS GLOBAL WARMING? Carbon dioxide and other gases warm the surface of the planet naturally by trapping solar heat in the atmosphere. This is a good thing because it keeps our planet habitable
What has caused global warming Greenhouse gases Burning fossil fuels, coal, gas and oil Deforestation Methane gas from landfill sites Fuel emmissions from cars/ lorries/motorbikes
What are the effects of global warming Extreme weather conditions Extreme temperatures Rising sea levels Rising insurance costs Pipes/ sewers/ water mains affected by severe weather changes Cost of food will continue rising People in the poorer countries will die of starvation Fuel/ gas/ electricity prices will rise
Droughts and wildfires are occuring more often Rivers and lakes are drying up
The number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes has almost doubled in the last 30 years. Hurricane Katrina
Global sea levels are rising by more than 20 feet with the loss of shelf ice in Greenland and Antarctica, devastating coastal areas worldwide Polar bears are drowning because they cannot swim the distances between the melting ice. The flow of ice from glaciers in Greenland has more than doubled over the past decade.
A view down the white chuck glacier in Glacier Park Wilderness 1973.
The same view as seen in 2006, where this branch of glacier retreated 1.9 kilometres 1.2 mi) 279 species of plants and animals are already moving closer to the poles.
Our children’s future There is no doubt we can solve this problem. In fact, we have a moral obligation to do so. Small changes to your daily routine can add up to big differences in helping to stop global warming
What changes can we make ?In the home • Turn lights off • Turn the thermostat down • Shower not bath • Switch electrics off • Use a water butt to catch rain water • Washing machine on a lower temperature • Use energy saving light bulbs
What changes can we make In the home.. cont • Buy fresh vegetables not packaged • Have groceries delivered • Cook only the amount you need • Walk/ Cycle to work • Car share • Recycle
What changes can we makeIn the workplace • Re-cycle/use recycled paper • Stop cardboard coming into mail centre • Turn lights off in t-point when empty • Provide transport • Change to energy efficient electricity supplier • Arrange energy efficient driving lessons for everyone • Use rainwater to flush toilets • Use flip charts instead of paper for WTLL sessions
In the workplace cont • Run machines at full capacity • Switch machines off when idle • Turn computers off at night • Switch fans off when not in use. • Keep all work areas tidy and free of rubbish
Recommended viewing - Al gore – An Inconvenient Truth