By: Qurat ul Ain Aman
How to tackle the most daunting challenge of our time
Global warming is the most pressing issue confronting the humanity at present. Our earth is becoming warmer with each passing day. Followed by the rising temperature of the earth, rising sea level, extinction of species and destruction of crops and land are the worst outcomes of global warming. If the rise in temperature continues, existence of life on this planet will become impossible. It is a sad reality that we do not bother to take proper measures until crisis starts knocking at our door. Despite knowing its hazardous impacts, we continued doing things that played a key role in aggravating the issue of global warming.
Realistically thinking, global warming is not a new phenomenon; it has been hurting the globe for the last many decades. The issue is getting further aggravated because of our carelessness and an inexplicable urge to use harmful chemicals to run heavy machines in order to enhance industrial production. Although the Industrial Revolution brought a number of positive changes to our lives, it also exposed man to harmful chemicals and gases. It won’t be wrong to say that this revolution was the beginning of the destruction of our beautiful globe.
Moreover, it is also a sad reality that though everyone likes to sit under the shade of a tree, no one bothers to plant and grow one. Because of the Industrial Revolution, many people migrated to the cities in search of better incomes and wages. Owing to this urbanization, the population of cities eventually exceeded than that of rural areas. This led to the cutting of forests to build new structures for accommodating the growing urban population. Now, it has become like a never-ending saga as it is quite difficult to find greenery in big cities while huge and tall buildings are omnipresent. Besides, our overdependence on fossil fuels and nonrenewable energy sources has also been a key factor behind the rising temperature of the earth.
Among a host of reasons of global warming, manmade primary reasons are the most conspicuous as they are severely affecting the environment. We are excessively using harmful chemicals in our industries while taking no proper measures to manage the industrial waste. Such factors contribute to not only air pollution but also land pollution. Moreover, the chlorofluorocarbons released from industrial gases and vehicles react with CO2 and, as a result, generate gases that further increase the temperature of the earth and make it warmer. Ozone layer, which stops harmful rays from entering the atmosphere, is also depleting because of these harmful gases. Chlorofluorocarbons break up O3 bond, forming CO2, etc. All these factors increase the temperature of our earth.
It is also to be noted here that such factors cause not only social but also economic issues.
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