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Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect
Hello, do you know who I am? I am the Earth, yes this very planet and I would like to talk to you about a couple of things which worry me and should upset you, too.
Everyone talks about what the weather’s like today and the next day. Will today be colder than yesterday, will it rain tomorrow… And that’s normal as the weather plays a really important role in our lives. It influences us on what we are going to wear to school for example, or if we will be able to play outside and it also influences all living things on our planet as well as the plants.
If you were to join me in an elevator, do you know what I would tell you? That I am hot, very very hot. This is because of climate change, which is something that human beings have a big responsibility for.
Every time you turn on the light, the computer, the microwave o even shower, you are consuming energy. This energy is produced, largely, by burning gases, coal, or petroleum, which are known as fossil fuels. When burning them you are sending off tons and tons and tons of gases into my atmosphere.
These gases remain in the atmosphere forming a type of ugly, dirty roof which withholds heat. This is called the “greenhouse effect” because a Greenhouses is where one can cultivate plants, and the roof does not allow heat to escape, and I am getting hotter and hotter.
If the rise in temperature continues, there will be great consequences for me and all living things. It will cause huge storms and terrible flooding , it will melt the ice in the poles making the sea level rise flooding cities on the coast, there would be more forest fires as well as droughts, turning areas once full of life into deserts. And it will kill off entire animal and plant species.
But…can you do something to stop climate change? Of course you can. Use clean energy found in the sun and wind, clean energy which doesn’t produce such harmful contaminating gases.
Each one of you can help with little changes, by walking, biking or taking public transport instead of using a car. And by turning off the lights, the TV or computer when you have finished with it. And don’t forget recycling, taking care and respecting all that is around you, animals, forests, rivers, seas…
By making intelligent decisions and working all together we can do it. Because, as you know… Children can make a WORLD of difference!