For years our governments have been pretending Global Warming doesn't exist. This is due to money and influence from certain coal and oil companies.  Only recently have we seen a change in this and it is because of people like you.  People like you, with their social activism, have started to stop Climate Change on a local level in their communities and they have demanded that their governments take this seriously.

How to help stop Global Warming on an individual level?  Use eco-friendly products, environmental services, and renewable energy sources  to reduce greenhouse emissions that cause Global Warming.  Start a social activism campaign to bring back the electric car, which was killed by Oil Industry influence in 2003 with the help of the Bush Administration.  Imagine how much cleaner our environment would be if the majority of our cars were powered by renewable energy.

We have to learn from the last gigantic oil spill in the Gulf Coast of Mexico. The way companies have been treating our environment by ignoring regulation is terribly wrong.  Also, with the current economic crisis it is imperative for us to invest in the infrastructure for renewable energy.  The supply and demand for fossil fuels dictate that we cannot go on the way we have before.  We have finite resources of coal, oil, and natural gas and they are rapidly being consumed.  With  population growth as it is, do you think we can build a stable world economy on energy sources that are disappearing?  Economically is doesn't make sense.  Environmentally it doesn't make sense.  The consumption of fossil fuels is what caused the greenhouse effect in the first place.

Why is it important for you to do your part to stop Global Warming?  If you have seen Al Gore's documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, you can see that the most populated areas of the world will be affected enormously if we don't act.  Have you not noticed that "unusual weather" is now actually becoming "usual"?  What can you do?   As a shower starts with one raindrop, you too can make a difference to help stop Global Warming.

Let's pretend nothing has been proved and the pictures of the polar caps are in question.  Do we really have the luxury to wait and see if the doubters are correct?  There is no quick fix when the ice melts with climate change; only effects, such as Sea Level Rise.  So why not change the way you consume energy and the products you use?  At the very least, you will be helping make a better planet for the environment of your children.

How to help stop Global Warming?
Reduce
The amount of energy you consume and start using renewable energy sources, such as wind power and solar power.  Sign up for Green Energy with your local power provider.  If they don't have it, then tell them to get it.
Reuse
By using products made with recycled materials.  Make or buy a compost bin to use your organic waste as fertilizer for your trees, shrubs, and garden.
Recycle
All materials to your best ability in your local area.
What else can you do?
Purchase Local Foods - you eliminate the environmental damage caused by shipping vegetables and meat thousands of miles.
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The warming trend over the last 50 years (0.13°C per decade) is nearly twice the rate for the last 100 years. Temperatures in the atmosphere and in the oceans (to depths of at least 3000m) have also been rising, along with water vapor content of the atmosphere.
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Model of Projections in Arctic sea ice in the 2050s compared to the 1950s (based on the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory's R30 atmosphere-ocean general circulation model).
Map of Climate Change Predictions for the 21st Century
Model of what causes our man-made Climate Change, also known as "Global Warming".
Map of the receding ice on Gangotri Glacier.
Graphs of the rise in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Concentration and Global Average Temperatures.  Do you see a correlation?
On March 28, 2012 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded "Evidence suggests that climate change has led to changes in climate extremes such as heat waves, record high temperatures and, in many regions, heavy precipitation in the past half century". In a past report they also concluded "most of the observed increase in globally averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century is largely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic (caused by human activities) greenhouse gas concentrations" via the greenhouse effect. The IPCC also reports that as early as 2020, between 75 million and 250 million people in Africa will suffer from water shortages, main Asian urban centers will be at risk for flooding, and many species will disappear from Europe.

The European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica determined that there is more carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere currently than at any time during the last 650,000 years.  This refutes the skeptics of Global Warming, who say temperature and carbon dioxide levels are cyclical; the real reason for what is happening.

Arctic ice is rapidly disappearing, and the Arctic may have its first completely ice-free summer by 2040 or earlier.  Polar bears and other native species are already suffering from the loss of sea ice from their environment due to the Greenhouse Effect.

2012 was the warmest year on record in the Continental United States and this was not by chance.  We all on Earth can expect continuing significant changes in normal weather patterns.  With these effects of Climate Change are the conditions that affect agriculture; including temperature, floods and draught, glacial melting, and increasing severity of storms on the planet.  These conditions determine the capacity of the planet to produce enough food for the ever increasing human population, as well as for domesticated animals.  Rising carbon dioxide levels will also have effects on crop yields(positive and negative, depending on location).  We must be vigilant in our assessment of  the impacts on agriculture in order to anticipate and adapt farming to maximize our agricultural production.

Don't be fooled by campaigns made by the Natural Gas Industry either. They are just as bad as the Coal Industry. Natural Gas is not environmentally friendly and actually leads to more greenhouse gas emissions due to fracking. "Fracking" is the when the gas companies drill and inject high pressure fluid into the ground  in order to fracture rocks to release the natural gas inside. The problem with this is that a huge amount of methane gets released into the atmosphere with this practice. Methane, in equal quantities, is even worse than carbon dioxide for contributing to the Greenhouse Effect. Just watch the documentary "Gasland"-Parts I and II by Josh Fox and you will get the picture.

Overpopulation, combined with our dependence on fossil fuels, can only lead to catastrophe.  We have to ask ourselves what the consequences are of having a large family in relation to the rest of the world and question yourself whether you are contributing to Overpopulation.  We must get serious about encouraging limits on family size along with changing to renewable energy sources on a massive scale.

There are some people who say Global Warming is invented by the Media.  The response to that can be done by asking yourself two questions:  Who would benefit from spreading this message?  Who are the people that have benefited while pollution is, and has been, thrown into our environment? Unfortunately, the reason for our man-made environmental situation is the same as it is for our current worldwide economic one: Greed.  It is ironic that the greed of global bankers have forced people to turn their attention to the economy and away from the greed of people that will do anything to keep the public from using renewable energy.

The causes and effects of Global Warming are real.  What we decide to do about it is up to everyone of us.  The first, and most important, course of social activism we can take is to make a major shift to renewable energy sources.  Wind power, solar energy, ocean energy, and geothermal power are energy sources we have to utilize on a major scale if we are to succeed in stopping this man-made climate change.  The ecology of our planet is at stake.  This is not something you would like to reminisce about and say: "If only we did something".  Activism is the only answer.
SEA LEVEL RISE
Model of the Greenhouse Effect gasses that are the causes of our Climate Change.
PLANET IN PERIL
Figure of Carbon Dioxide emissions by sector
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Image courtesy of the United States' National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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