Today is Earth Day! Over one billion people in 192 countries are participating from London to Sao Paolo, Seoul to Babylon City, New Delhi to New York, Rome to Cairo; people everywhere are taking action in their communities and helping depict The Face of Climate Change. The Face of Climate Change. Earth Day 4.22.13 #FACEOFCLIMATE
# FACE OF CHANGE
The world is DYING!
BECAUSE OF YOU!
YOU are a part of the PROBLEM!
With over 7 BILLION PEOPLE
and... 8.7 BILLION kinds of ANIMAL species.
29 PERCENT land
and... 71 PERCENT water
PLANET EARTH is the place we call home.
A place that is literally ONE of a kind
with life found nowhere else in the UNIVERSE!
yet, we have a CRISIS on our hands.
INCREASE in natural disasters and extreme
effecting REAL PEOPLE, ANIMALS, and the
Climate change is not just an ENVIRONMENTAL
it is a DEVELOPMENTAL PROBLEM.
Coming from the
DEVELOPMENT of todays
INCREASE in carbon dioxide and
green house gasses
from the use of COAL, in our
industries and factories.
are INCREASING the temperature of our planet.
These GREEN HOUSE GASES keep
the heat from escaping the
Too much of it is causing NEGATIVE effects
on the environment
And yes, even our CARS are adding to the
In the past 100 years, the total
temperature has increased by 1.1
Doesn’t seem like much, but the little
change in heat is...
change the glaciers to MELT;
INCREASING our sea level by 0.14 inches per year.
still not CONVINCED?
Tell that to this polar bear who could not get
back to land due to the MELTING ICE!
Because of the HEAT, precipitation patterns have also
causing more RAINFALL.
In turn, FLOODS have been occurring more
COASTAL CITIES are more likely to ﬂood,
and in less than 50 YEARS, some coastal cities
will be UNDERWATER...
meaning more FLOODS to come.
Also, the heat is INCREASING the EVAPORATION
leading to WITHERING CROPS
and more ﬁres due to DRYNESS.
PEOPLE who are being effected the most...
are NOT those adding the most to the Carbon
It is Affecting those living in undeveloped
Killer diarrheal diseases, malnutrition,
malaria, and dengue...
are highly CLIMATE-SENSITIVE and are
expected to WORSEN as the climate
Areas with WEAK HEALTH infrastructure
are the LEAST able to cope and respond.
When natural disasters strike, their ability to
grow crops, access water, and feed themselves
CHILDREN in these areas have an even
harder time to survive.
Due to the change in their environment,
many ANIMALS are being IMPACTED too.
Animals like CORAL REEFS are experiencing
the worst of it.
Coral can only survive 77 DEGREES to 84 DEGREES
But because of the heat, 25 PERCENT of the worlds
coral reefs have DIED!
In the Indian OCEAN, 90 PERCENT DIED
due to WARMER WATERS.
Why does this even matter?
Coral reefs actually SUSTAIN underwater life
and it prevents waves from hitting the coast
According to scientists, coral reefs nurture up to
a MILLION SPECIES of marine life.
Without them, our ECO SYSTEM WILL FAIL.
How do we RESPOND?
Unless green house gases DECREASE DRASTICALLY,
MANY will still be impacted.
You are also part of the SOLUTION!
We can make a DIFFERENCE by...
DECREASING your energy use and
investing in ALTERNATIVE ENERGY.
If every U.S household REPLACED ONE
regular incandescent light bulb with a
compact ﬂuorescent light bulb,
it would PREVENT the equivalent of 90
BILLION POUNDS of green house gas
emissions from power plants.
That is like taking out 7.5 MILLION
cars off the road!
Change to SOLAR PANELS, which uses
the suns energy for power.
That can save up to 1,300,000 Pounds of
greenhouse gas emissions.
Though it is switched off, appliances
continue to use small amounts of energy
called PHANTOM ENERGY.
Use POWER STRIPS that you
can turn off home appliances that
are not in use.
ONE power strip can reduce greenhouse gas by
500 POUNDS a year.
Setting your thermostat just 2 DEGREES
lower in winter and higher in summer could
save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide
RECYCLE as much as you can.
By recycling half of your household waste,
you can save 2,400 POUNDS of carbon
Lastly, use ALTERNATIVE means of TRAVEL...
and use PUBLIC TRANSIT.
Every gallon of gasoline you saved is 20
POUNDS less carbon dioxide released.
Imagine what could happen if EVERYONE
Every little thing makes a difference.
WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THE WORLD!
EARTH DAY 04.22.13