Global Warming And The Effects Of Carbon Emissions
While many Americans remain naïve and feel that by curb recycling they are proactive environmentalists, the reality is the effects of global warming have disastrous potential on the human race, and the species that inhabit this earth and it is going to take more effort on our parts. We all know this. We are confronted with it every day as the seasons become increasingly erratic, and with the ever growing endangerment and extinction of animal species due to a loss of habitat and natural resources. We have done significant damage to the earth and you can't just blame it on the big guys. You, the consumer make choices everyday by what you purchase and whom you purchase from. Your hard earned money lines the pockets of your destroyers.
REDD+ is being proposed which SOUNDS good at least. But is it? REDD+ stands for a unified front to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and foster conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. In a nutshell, the idea is to pay tropical countries to stop cutting down their forests and releasing the carbon they contain to the atmosphere. It seems like green lobbyists would welcome something like this that promises to conserve forests rich with wild life that will also reduce 12%-14% of global emissions that come from countries like Brazil and Indonesia simultaneously.
Wealthy countries love this idea, because it is a seemingly cheap solution that doesn't compromise the carbon rich lifestyles of its citizens. We can go on in the US, business as usual. Problem with that is we can't go on business as usual at this rate. Our carbon footprint will surely trump these idealistic efforts. Not to mention, those corporations and all of their hefty emissions also going on with business as usual. To recap, there will be a multitude of abuses rendering the actual rainforest habitats unprotected, people that actually respect the land that they live in will be booted from their homes, and wealthy countries will continue to pump carbon dioxide into the air and destroy that which all of this fuss was about in the first place.
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