One Step Closer to a Greener Life

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President Barack Obama proposed a solution that will positively change the way we interact with our environment. According to the NBC News broadcast of Obama’s proposal in Georgetown University, Obama confirmed that there has been an alarming shift in our climate, and that we continue to negatively impact our air. Although climate change initially had its skeptics, Obama supported the overwhelming majority scientific research by stating, “That science, accumulated and reviewed over decades, tells us that our planet is changing in ways that will have profound impacts on all of humankind.”

Obama stated that, “The plan begins with cutting carbon pollution by changing the way we use energy — using less dirty energy, using more clean energy, wasting less energy throughout our economy.”

Obama continued to elaborate on his plan for action in the United States, and that, “This plan builds on progress that we’ve already made.” He stated that the United States has doubled the solar and wind energy production, as well as mileage a car will be able to “…get on a gallon of gas by the middle of the next decade.”

Factories at home and around the world are responsible for the increased air pollution since the Industrial Revolution. The byproducts have made soil infertile, and factories that run on fossil fuels release emissions that contain a massive amount of sulfur dioxide. According to nature.org,”The United States contains only 5 percent of the world’s population, but contributes 22 percent of the world’s carbon emissions.”

We already have the Clean Air Act of 1970 that “Sets goals and standards for the quality and purity of air in the United States.” In 1990, the Act became more strict as the air quality standards were heightened and focused their attention more on industries that produce toxic waste. Nevertheless, there are many issues in our ecological environment that have caused ecosystems, and the species that live in them, to be changed, harmed and demolished.

Since the turn of the twentieth century, an environmental movement in the United States has been growing, and it has since then addressed the vast expansion of civilization, the exploitation of natural resources, and the carelessness of human features. Although we still pollute and feel apathy towards conserving our environment, there are countless people in the world who have a great passion for the welfare of species and their habitats, as well as advocating for the conservation of raw materials.

In order for us to continue the progressive and effective developments that have helped broader audiences to become self aware of the negative effects human beings have on the ecological environment, there should be federal government support for laws that can better protect endangered species, animals, ecosystems and raw materials.

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