Will Earth still be home for us in coming years? GLOBAL WARMING! Should you care? Our planet is heating up … … and we are responsible Unless we take steps NOW to curb global warming, our way of life , our future , and our family are all in GRAVE DANGER . What is Global Warming?
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Will Earth still be home for us in coming years?
Should you care?
Our planet is heating up …
… and we are responsible
Unless we take steps NOW
to curb global warming,
our way of life,
our future, and
our family are all in
What is Global Warming?
Global Warming is defined as the increase of the temperature
on Earth. As the Earth is getting hotter, disasters like hurricanes,
droughts and floods are getting more frequent.
How it works?
When did the problem begin?
The problems began when
human activities created &
released more gases in the
atmosphere than are necessary.
1: Burning natural gas, coal & oil raise the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere & accelerate the warming effect.
2: Many factories produce long-lasting gases that contribute to the global warming
3: Population growth accelerates
global warming as more & more people use fuels for heat,
transportation & manufacturing
4: Intensive farming leads to global warming
Some farming practices & use of fertilizers produce
gases that trap heat more than Carbon Dioxide.
For instance, Nitrous Oxide, found in pesticides can
retain 300 times more heat than CO2.
you can start with your dinner plate.
A carbon footprint is a measure of the amount of greenhouse
gases produced by human activities.
A U.N. report found that 18 % of
global warming emissions come from raising
That's about 40 % more than all the trucks,
cars, planes & all the forms of transport
(13%) and all the homes & offices in the
world put together (8%).
chickens, cattle, pigs, & other animals for food.
Meat industry consumes more
It contributes to land degradation, climate change
& air pollution, water shortage and water pollution.
Animals such as cows & sheep emit huge amount
of methane due to flatulence and burping.
"The released methane", the scientists say, "has
23 times the global warming potential of CO2."
In the absence of demand for meat
there is no more need for breeding
millions of animals for daily slaughter.
The reversal of global warming
will be a certainty.
5:“Sawing off the branch we are sitting on”
Deforestation is Choking the Earth.
34 million acres of trees,
the size of Italy, are cut each year.
Forests are vital for absorbing & storing the world's carbon dioxide (CO2).
When trees are cut & burnt the damage is two-fold:
* The world's capacity to absorb CO2 is reduced.
* Large amounts of stored carbon are released back into the atmosphere.
Global warming will kill
BILLIONS this Century
Green house gases can stay in the atmosphere
for hundreds and thousands of years.
Here are few DEADLIEST effects
of global warming..
A:Spread of infectious disease
Global Warming leads to
150,000 deaths every year
These numbers could double by 2020
As the globe warms, disease-carrying
mosquitoes & rodents spread, infecting
people. Outbreaks of Dengue fever,
Malaria, Chikingunia, Allergies & Asthma
have already started affecting daily lives.
B:More Intense Hurricanes are on the Way
C:Increased intensity of droughts & heat waves
Natural calamities do billions of money in damage
& disease outbreaks cost money to treat and control.
E:Polar ice caps are melting
Sea levels are rising
* There are 5,773,000 cubic miles of water in glaciers and if they
melt today the seas would rise about 230 feet.
* The ice caps are fresh water & when they melt they will
desalinate the ocean, i.e. make it less salty. This effect will
alter ocean currents causing unnatural weather conditions
* Temperature rise will endanger several species of animals.
* Ice caps reflect excess sunlight back into space to maintain
favorable weather conditions. With the ice caps gone less
energy will be reflected causing further temperature increase.
F:The oceans are like giant storage heaters
Oceans trap heat and absorb Carbon dioxide.
They are like time-bombs, masking the real effects
of the Carbon dioxide we have been releasing into
the atmosphere. Constant disturbance of the sea
currents is a threat awaiting to unleash.
As sea levels rise,
sea water will invade
making it salty
The threat to future food supplies
from climate change weighs heavily
on an expected world population
of 9 billion people by 2050.
-Out of all the water on this planet, only 2.5% of it is
freshwater. Most is derived from glaciers.
-Himalayan glaciers are receding by 10-15 meters per
-In India, the Gangotri glacier is receding at an average
rate of 23 meters per year.
-This will first increase the volume of water in rivers
causing, widespread flooding. Then in a few decades this
situation will REVERSE and the water levels in rivers will
decline affecting millions living around them.
A NASA high-tech aerial survey shows that Global
warming is melting 50 billion tons of ice in a year
from the Greenland ice sheet.
This is increasing the likelihood of coastal flooding
around the world.
Working at the individual level, stabilizing the climate is
a challenge but not an impossible task.
Climate scientists say that planting more and more trees
are quick, easy and cheap ways to prevent further
Why plant trees?
-Reduce Global Warming
-Improve the ground water level
-Prevent soil erosion
-Promote the ecosystem
-Improve soil fertility
The Art of Living is a multi-faceted non-profit
organization that offers life-transforming programs
in over 144 countries. It has undertaken many projects
out of which one is Tree plantationto help reduce
Past and continuing relief efforts include:
Earthquake in Chengdu, (China), Virginia Tech Campus Shootings (USA),
Vidharbha Farmer Suicides (India), Relief in times of War &
Unrest (Kashmir, Lebanon, Iraq and Israel), Relief Post Floods
(Surat, Mumbai and Gujrat), Train Blasts (London & Madrid),
Beslan School Hostage Crisis (Russia), Tsunami (India & Sri Lanka),
Hurricane Katarina & 9/11 Terror Attack USA
The Art of Living Foundation with the support of United Nations
Environment Program and United Nations Millenium Campaign
Invites you to participate inMISSION GREEN EARTH
STAND UP TAKE ACTION
As a part of the
Tree plantation drive
100 MILLION trees of different
types will be planted
all over the world.
Govt. of INDIA
Houston City Controller’s endorsement
How can you help?
MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOAL No.7
Ensure Environmental Sustainability
Mission Green Earth Stand Up Take Action (MGESUTA08)
project targets to achieve:
TAKE ACTION- 15 JULY to 16 OCT 2008
Commit to Plant 100 million trees globally before 31 JUL 2009
to support environmental sustainability.
STAND UP- 17 OCT to 19 OCT 2008
Stand up for 2 minutes while the UN’s pledge is read.
Misson Green Earth
Stand Up And Take Action 2008
MGESUTA is an initiative taken by
Art Of Living Foundation (AOL)
in association with
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),
United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC)
to plant 100 million trees world wide between
15th July’08 to 31st Jul’09.
Take a pledge,
Plant more trees
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