Modern scientific organisations strongly agree global warming, or climate change, is both real and an immediate concern. Global warming causes the ice caps to melt, changes habitats all over the world, raises the sea levels, and increases the discomfort of allergy sufferers, according to Live Science. Scientists have posed suggested changes each person can make to reduce the speed at which the changes occur. Their hope is that people will take personal responsibility for planet changes.
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Take Personal Responsibility
The Union of Concerned Scientists works to provide accurate information to concerned scientists, reporters and the general public. The UCS helps provide persuasive arguments for citizen involvement and disproves false information. The USC suggests buying more efficient cars and appliances, joining a carpool or using public transportation, choosing to walk or ride a bike, reducing energy consumption at home and office and having an energy audit to put the recommendations into practice.
The USC also has community and national energy consumption suggestions and ideas for decreasing green house gases. Each person, community and nation can help reduce climate change, according to the USC, and it urges everyone to get involved in saving the planet and enlisting others to join the effort.
Use Renewable Energy
Solar energy, geothermal energy, wind energy and other alternative energy options are available in every part of the U.S. The technologies, while still developing, are viable. Consumers and businesses can utilise renewable energy to reduce energy costs, eliminate green house gas production associated with most commercial industry, and help make the U.S. more energy independent and secure.
The U.S. government offers tax incentives to persuade consumers and businesses to take advantage of renewable energy sources and other energy efficiency changes. The USC recommends switching to renewable energy as one of many ways to combat global warming.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), individual waste nearly doubled from 1960 to 2008. Americans throw away packaging functioned only to make purchased products look more enticing. Recycling of discarded items like water bottles and other plastic product can reduce waste.
Dr. Robert Cialdini, Arizona State University psychologist, advocates the use of peer pressure to convince people to recycle. His study presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007 reports that peer pressure is a primary motivator in changing behaviour. He reports that messages which urge people to join others in conservation efforts are 28 per cent more effective than other methods of persuasion.
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