What Exactly is Global Warming, and Why Should We "Go Green?"
Global warming and saving energy are hot topics in the fashion and style departments, and even if you’re heading over to the eco-friendly beauty counter in the near future, it’s important to consider what global warming actually is so you understand the importance of “going green.”
WHAT IS GLOBAL WARMING?
Global warming is the effect of climate changes taking place in the Earth’s ecosystem. The main reason why it exists today can be traced to industry and technology sectors that produce waste and pollution. Our own impact on the environment also leads to increasing landfills, waste products in lakes and streams, and stacks of non-recyclable material goods.
Toxic fumes and gases from cars, power plants, engines and factories all lead to dangerous emissions. In turn, these have an impact on the Earth, creating an imbalance in the Earth’s atmosphere. Carbon emissions in particular can have a devastating effect on nature. While electricity and technology are necessary for most lifestyles, the side effects of excessive energy usage and toxic waste buildup are leading to serious problems throughout the world.
OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
According to StopGlobalWarming.org, the United States is responsible for 22% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. This means that we are using up a considerable amount of the world’s resources, which is especially harmful to natural forests, animals, and even villages and farms where the weather is an important part of daily living. Catastrophic weather patterns including severe floods, hurricanes, and even earthquakes can be linked to global warming and the shifts and imbalances in the Earth’s environment.
FIGHT GLOBAL WARMING
Efforts to combat global warming are becoming even more acceptable than ever before, and you’ve probably already come across dozens of eco-friendly projects and ideas. Many researchers and scientists are creating new ways for us to obtain energy. Renewable energy sources are becoming valuable to a variety of industries including automobile manufacturers, natural foods, and even computers. Hybrid cars are just one way for us to reduce our ‘carbon footprint’ as the years go by. Eco-friendly clothing made from organic fibers and natural materials offers the fashion world a chance to change clothing standards toward a more earth-friendly approach.
Famous faces and celebrities such as Sienna Miller, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon are all making efforts to share the green movement with Hollywood, giving us many options to join in and learn more. From t-shirts that share a conservation message, to buying eco-friendly accessories and products, it’s easy to stay fashionable and support the environment in the process. Stopping global warming will take time and a joint effort of many communities, but simply starting a recycling program can be a strong step in the "green" direction!
Sabah Karimi writes on lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and style for DivaVillage. When she’s not spreading the word about eco-friendly living, you’ll find her shopping for the latest organic beauty products.