I am grateful for the element of air… or what’s left of it.
We better pray like hell. Or do rosary beads. Chant Om? Something! Air pollution stats show that 2012 reigned as the year with the highest greenhouse gas emission levels ever. Welcome to the world we’re leaving you, kids.
The hole in the ozone layer is increasing. Deforestation- meaning major areas of clear cutting in places like the Amazon rainforest etc, along with that lovely burning fossil fuels (gasoline engines and industries barfing out black smoke into the atmosphere) are the major sources of bad air quality. Most people already know this and worried about it 40 years ago, along with nuclear proliferation. We continue to foul our own nest. “We have met the enemy” and we are it.
China is at the top with 28 % of pollution donating and the US is second highest on the big stink list. In northern China, children have to play under large domed structures to avoid being exposed to frightening levels of ozone. Kids are sent to school with face masks. Recently deadly smog levels forced students to stay home.
Even though we are starting to see metropolitan areas with clean transportation, use of solar energy, wind, and geothermal, large corporations remain the biggest offenders. More tantrums. Profit is hot. Ecological responsibility is not. Will it change in our lifetimes?
Journal prompt: Write about global warming. Do you think it is real? What is your view of the future?
Copyright © 2013 by Susan E. Rowland