Remember all of the hype following “An Inconvenient Truth” and the conservationist movement about increasing temperatures worldwide? There was quite a deal of controversy about the truth of the matter. The truth: according to the results of a 20-year study backed by the European Union, NASA, and the National Science Foundation released this past Thursday, sea levels between 1992 and 2011 have risen almost half an inch (source, CNN.com).
And what does that mean? Simply, the formerly massive ice sheets in the arctic terrains of Greenland and Antarctica are melting, and fast. These huge pieces of ice are losing billions of tons in mass.
Although the rising sea levels are doing so at a seemingly low level, even these tiny changes can be detrimental to infrastructure worldwide. Trends have signified more melting for the future, causing many coastal city builders and planners to include sea walls in their future plans to protect cities’ contents.
So, you might ask, how does this relate to me? What can I do to help? Technically, these climate changes won’t have a profound impact on the world we live in for another 1000 years, but the prospect is definitely frightening, especially for us at Pick Up 3 and those who are reading this who have our same conservationist ideals in mind. While the first-hand impacts of the rises in sea level won’t be evident to us, they will be present for our future generations and the only thing we can do to help them is to set a good example.
It all boils down (get it, boils, like our planet is now, haha) to the simple idea of conserving energy in the house, by flipping that light switch when you leave the room; on the way to work by carpooling with another company member; or by unplugging appliances (like hairdryers, toasters etc) when you aren’t using them. That’s really the only way we can ensure that we did all that we could; though these little things may not have a huge impact now, when so many people like you, you and you reading this article right now, they will most definitely reflect positively in the future.
You don’t have to be a research scientist to help! Conserving energy is so simple it can easily be an instinct from here forward. Let’s all make a promise to ourselves and the future that we will conserve! Come on, just do it, everyone loves a fluffy polar bear.