It is agreed among all scientists that there has been a temperature rise on our planet since the year 1000. Since the year 1850, when more accurate temperate readings have been taken worldwide, the rise has been small. But it’s indicative of temperature rises that will occur in our lifetime, and in the next generation.
These temperature rises have of course been partially caused by our production of CO2. The issue is being addressed by various governments around the world, with the introduction of carbon taxation, but is it really helping reduce the carbon foot print we produce everyday?
Some leading global countries still produce far too much pollution, and therefore add to the ongoing problem.
So, what can we do to resolve these issues?
Well, we could cut down on unnecessary use of carbon-creating energy. Scientists are researching solar power stations, but costs outweigh benefits at present, and technology is sill in its infancy.
How can we help? Individuals like you and me can adopt available solar technologies, making it popular, helping to reduce the production costs, and proving that we can be climate conscious.
Current solar technology is available, and is coming down in price – becoming more and more efficient at providing additional energy that could be fed back into the electrical grids, and in turn could reduce the huge reliance we have on fossil-fuel powered stations.
Our reliance on hot water is also important. It’s the power stations that are taking the strain for our hot showers, but solar technology is also available to do this job for us.
Climate change can be tackled, but we need to think about the energy we use and how we can apply solar energy to these needs.
Yes, it will cost something initially, but over the life-span of the equipment, the savings can not only be good for our pockets but good for our environment as well. If enough of us adopt the available technology, we can make the planet a better place for ourselves and for future generations to come.
Climate change is happening, and we do need to do something about it.
So the answer to the leading question is – yes, we can solve it.
– This post was written for Blog Action Day 2009.