How we can stop killing Earth

By Shawn Gakhal shawnonthetorch@gmail.com How we can stop killing earth - Wikimedia Commons

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its annual report on climate change March 31, which warned that global warming would continue to amplify if measures aren’t taken to reduce greenhouse emissions around the world.

In the report, the IPCC warned of polar ice caps melting, heavy rains and heat waves becoming more violent, sea levels rising and a rapid decrease of Arctic Sea ice.

The global warming debate has raged on for years, hitting a fever pitch when Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” debuted in 2006 to much critical acclaim.

The movie brought nationwide attention to the matter of contention in global warming, and became the first documentary to win two Oscars.

While the movie brought awareness, the world still suffers mightily, as the Earth’s climatic temperatures continues to rise, which contribute to the yielding of bad crops, certain death of species and extremes on the weather spectrum via intense heat waves and droughts.

According to the fifth IPCC report in 2013, it was estimated that “more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010 was caused by the anthropogenic increase in greenhouse gas concentrations and other anthropogenic forcings together.”

So, what can we do to combat global warming?

For starters, commuting to school and work via bike or public transport can greatly reduce emissions and even save you money on fuel. Even if you give your car a day off every now and then, it’s still better than driving every day, emitting large amounts of pollution into the Ozone Layer.

Another efficient way to help the environment is to recycle and choose to reuse products, instead of simply disposing of them. It’s estimated that you can save more than 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per year if you choose to recycle half of your household trash.

Turning off any electronic devices will also produce the same effect by saving electricity and energy, which reduces global warming. So, whenever you finish watching that terrible Netflix movie that you like, turn off and unplug the TV, alright? Save the planet, man. Do you really need to use all the hot water in the shower? No, you don’t, and you hurt the Earth (and tick off your roommates) when you take hot showers, because it requires more energy to heat water.

Save the planet, man.

Has anyone thought of planting a freaking tree to help the earth out?

Yeah, I said it, because planting said tree helps absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen, which, retroactively, saves the planet. It’s estimated that a tree can absorb up to one ton of carbon dioxide during its lifecycle.

Meanwhile, Roosevelt University is currently doing its part to help the environment by participating in an event hosted by the Chicago Network of Sustainability in Higher Education.

The CNSHE will host the inaugural Chicagoland Bike2Campus Week from April 21 to 25, more popularly known as Earth Week. Designed to reduce emissions, promote bike safety and healthy living, the series of events also encourages students to bike to campus, too.

Participating Chicago universities (Northwestern University, University of Chicago, UIC, Loyola Univerisity, Columbia College, etc.) will plan fun, safe events throughout the week for students to participate in.

Students can enter and participate by taking a photo on their bicycles and taking the Illinois bicycle safety quiz and posting their certificate to bikesafetyquiz.com or tagging #bike2campus.

Prizes will be given out to eligible students after the five-day conclusion of Bike2Campus.



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