Will Earth still be home for us in coming years? GLOBAL WARMING! Should you care?
Our planet isheating up …… and we areresponsibleUnless we take steps NOWto curb global warming,our way of life,our future, andour family are all inGRAVE DANGER.
What is Global Warming?Global Warming is defined as the increase of the temperatureon 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 whenhuman activities created &released more gases in theatmosphere than arenecessary.
1: Burning natural gas, coal & oilraise the level of carbon dioxidein the atmosphere & acceleratethe warming effect.
2: Many factories produce long-lastinggases that contribute to the global warming
3: Population growth acceleratesglobal warming as more & morepeople 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.
To decrease your carbon footprint, 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 raisingchickens, cattle, pigs, & other animals for food. Thats about 40 % more than all the trucks, cars, planes & all the forms of transport (13%) and all the homes & offices in the
Meat industry consumes more environmental resourcesIt contributes to land degradation, climate change& air pollution, water shortage and water pollution.Animals such as cows & sheep emit huge amountof methane due to flatulence and burping."The released methane", the scientists say, "has23 times the global warming potential of CO2."
In the absence of demand for meatthere 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 forabsorbing & storingthe worlds carbondioxide (CO2).When trees are cut & burntthe damage is two-fold:* The worlds capacity toabsorb CO2 is reduced.* Large amounts of storedcarbon are released backinto the atmosphere.
Global warming will kill BILLIONS this CenturyGreen house gases can stay in the atmospherefor 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 yearThese numbers could double by 2020As the globe warms, disease-carryingmosquitoes & rodents spread, infectingpeople. Outbreaks of Dengue fever,Malaria, Chikingunia, Allergies & Asthmahave already started affecting daily lives.
B: More Intense Hurricanes are on the Way The oceans are getting warmer, stronger hurricanes & calamities like tsunami are getting more frequent.
C: Increased intensity of droughts & heat waves
D: Economic consequencesNatural 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.
G:We will losedrinking waterAs sea levels rise,sea water will invadecoastal groundwater,making it saltyhence undrinkable.
H: Food will cost as much as goldThe threat to future food suppliesfrom climate change weighs heavilyon an expected world populationof 9 billion people by 2050.
India Climate Change Profile Impact on Environment and SocietyIndia is highly sensitive to climate change. The country faces moreerratic & heavier monsoon patterns, more floods and droughts, andsteadily shrinking Himalayan glaciers. BOMBAY, WEST BENGAL, GUJRAT, BIHAR went under water. What surprise does the next monsoon hold for us?
Is our blue planet turning DRY?-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 year.-In India, the Gangotri glacier is receding at an average rate of 23 meters per year. 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.
Coastal FloodingA NASA high-tech aerial survey shows that Globalwarming is melting 50 billion tons of ice in a yearfrom the Greenland ice sheet.This is increasing the likelihood of coastal floodingaround the world.Cities like Mumbai, Goa, Kerela & others are in danger.
How does an Individual make an IMPACT on the world’s biggest environmental problem?Working at the individual level, stabilizing the climate isa challenge but not an impossible task.Climate scientists say that planting more and more treesare quick, easy and cheap ways to prevent furtherGLOBAL WARMING.
Why plant trees?-Reduce Global Warming-Improve the ground water level-Prevent soil erosion-Promote the ecosystem-Reduce pollution-Improve soil fertility
The Art of Living is a multi-faceted non-profitorganization that offers life-transforming programsin over 144 countries. It has undertaken many projectsout of which one is Tree plantation to help reduceGLOBAL WARMING.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 InvitationThe Art of Living Foundation, The United Nations Environment Program,World Alliance for Youth Empowerment andSri Sri Agricultural Institute for Science & Technology in support of theUNITED NATIONS MILLENIUM CAMPAIGNInvites you to participate in MISSION GREEN EARTH STAND UP TAKE ACTION www.artofliving.org www.standuptakeactionaolunmc.org
As a part of the Tree plantation drive100 MILLION trees of different types will be planted all over the world.
A look at our journey so far
Various groups joining hands*Thermal Power plant in Haryana, India.*DAV Group of Schools.*Army Campus, Pune, India.*Prison Inmates.*Radio Station Jingles.*Corporate bodies (Bosch Group, First Source, ONGC, Birla Sun Life, etc)*Schools & Colleges across the country
LETTER FROM UNMC
LETTER FROM UNEP
LETTER FROMGovt. of INDIA
Houston CityController’s endorsement
How can you help?
MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOAL No.7 Ensure Environmental SustainabilityMission Green Earth Stand Up Take Action (MGESUTA08)project targets to achieve:TAKE ACTION- 15 JULY to 16 OCT 2008Plant 100 million trees globally to support environmentalsustainability. Play an active part in saving the Earth.STAND UP- 17 OCT to 19 OCT 2008Stand up for 2 minutes while the UN’s pledge is read.
Misson Green EarthStand Up And Take Action 2008 (MGESUTA)MGESUTA is an initiative taken byUnited Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC)in association with Art Of Living Foundation (AOL)to plant 100 million trees world wide between15th July’08 to 15th Oct’08.
Take a pledge, Plant more treesPresentation designed by Madhavi Proag & Dinesh Bhojwani Thank you