Save the planet
Global warming caused by rising carbon emissions created by mankind has the potential to irrevocably change the planet forever. Crunch Time will help you to think about what you can do as an individual to play your part in saving our beautiful planet.
Global warming is the increase of Earth’s average surface temperature caused by greenhouse gases that collect in the atmosphere. These gases form a blanket that traps the sun’s heat and causes the planet to warm up. Global warming is happening due to an imbalance between the Earth’s natural ability to repair itself and the huge growth of the human population and it’s desire for power to build and use Earth’s natural resources, burning forests and fossil fuels at an unsustainable rate.
The Earth’s natural cycles of repair began to be challenged during The Industrial Revolution between 1760 to 1840 with the transition to new manufacturing processes. Moving from hand production methods to machines. Since that time we’ve seen huge population growth, new chemical manufacturing and iron production processes, improved efficiency of water and steam power along with the development of machines and the rise of factories. There is now more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than at any point in the last 800,000 years.
Since 1870, global sea levels have risen by about 20cm. Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. Glaciers are shrinking, ice on rivers and lakes is breaking up earlier in the seasonal cycle, while plant and animal ranges and behaviours have changed and trees are flowering sooner. Unseasonal weather extremes are caused by global warming and 2016 has been the warmest year globally since records began!
During the last 50 years, the earth’s global temperature has increased by 3%. So now is the time for action. All of the small behavioural differences humans make add up to an overall effect. Good or bad. You could for example; replace a regular incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb which consumes 70% less energy than an ordinary bulb and has a longer lifetime. By lift sharing you are reducing the number of individual car miles by half. It’s now essential we begin reducing our consumption and waste creation.
It’s time to turn off electronic devices when you are not in the room or your home. Lower usage of electronic appliances saves fuel, while also increasing their lifetime. Planting trees is great because they not only give oxygen but also take in carbon dioxide, during the process of photosynthesis. Crunch Time is a fun way to learn how your behaviour can have a meaningful impact on the welfare of our beautiful planet. The one and only planet on which we rely entirely for our lives!
What you can do to help
If you are able to take small actions to reduce waste and better share our limited resources we can all play a meaningful part in reducing the stress on our good earth. We have a small planet in a vast universe but its resources are finite.