By: Ruben Carreno
In the past, there were times when the planet was covered in ice. The sun, losing the battle of supremacy over planet Earth, gave way for imposing glaciers to grow, merging continents. Liquid to solid, the earth was seemingly in an everlasting winter.
Then there were periods of time when that ice melted. The sun defeated massive glaciers, whose water flowed to the oceans, raising the sea level. Solid to liquid, the planet changed.
Founded in 1970, the EPA brings global warming and other environmental issues to the forefront in the United States. The World Meteorological Organization does the same, but on an international level. Both organizations agree that global warming does threaten human life. As for global warming being the exclusive fault of humans, that point is up for debate.
Don't get me wrong, I believe that we all have a duty to live a greener lifestyle to help sustain human existence. Also, living in Los Angeles, I know all too well that it is very difficult to achieve a green lifestyle in a big city. Is the only thing that will get people's attention the threat of being fined for their actions?
On a local level, nonprofits and other community groups work hard to get laws into place to force people to recognize that their actions affect the community and the surrounding environment. It takes a conscious effort to separate your trash into piles of compostable, recyclable and waste. Making that effort is just a small part of what one can do to help. The Clean Air Council found that less than one percent of plastic bags are recycled each year. How many plastic bags have you recycled this year?
It's ultimately up to us as individuals to change our habits. Where do you see yourself fitting in the fight for a greener planet?