Things are definitely heating up, including the Earth! According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average Earth temperature has increased by 1° Farenheit in the past century and is predicted to increase a further 2-6° in the next. Global warming can result in severe climate conditions across the planet, including extended droughts in some areas and coastal flooding in others.
Simple changes to your own lifestyle can reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere and help to reduce the effects of global warming. If you have children, you can make it a fun family project to learn about climate change and global warming. And, just like 14-year-old Alec Loorz (see below), your kids can become advocates for change.
Here are some fun sites to get your kids interested and involved:
- Alec Loorz and Kids vs. Global Warming (www.kids-vs-global-warming.com/Home.html)
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Kid's Education Site (www.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/cc.html)