What is happening to the atmosphere? Why is climate change happening? What can we do to help? These are just some of the huge questions that Earth Kid, Leeya van Reenen, is asking. She cares about all animals and their future here on Earth. Humans need to take care of animals, plants and all living beings.
Too Much Carbon Dioxide
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is one of the many gasses surrounding the earth. On Earth we are creating more CO2 from:
3. Burning of coal
And many more impacts caused by humans. In fact, we’re burning/making/going all of the time. All of this goes into the atmosphere and this causes our Earth to heat up, which is creating human-induced climate change.
The Little Animals
Do you like any wild animals? If you do, then you would want to hear this. The wild animals are suffering habitat loss caused by:
- human development
- human greed
- economic and social change
- many more reasons…
I personally love animals and I feel that it’s so sad that people continue cutting down trees and burning fossil fuels – which cause climate change.
It Also Affects Us
There is another problem! If we keep doing this then it will also affect us. How, you may ask? Well, since the Earth is warming up, soon it will get too warm for human survival and it will just keep getting warmer and warmer.
In addition, we will run out of coal and everything else – and then we will all in a panic because we will not know what to do.
Please Help Animals
All that I am asking is that you help at least one animal in your area. And tell more people about this problem. Help animals for they need help. They are affected by the factories and by human impacts on their homes. This also affects us.
I just want to say thanks for watching this and please help all the animals you can – and stay safe at the same time.
From an Earth Kid who cares. I am doing my bit – so please do your bit too!
More Information about Our Atmosphere and Climate Change
With thanks to Nasa for the information…
Life on Earth depends on energy coming from the Sun. About half the light reaching Earth’s atmosphere passes through the air and clouds to the surface, where it is absorbed and then radiated upward in the form of infrared heat. About 90 percent of this heat is then absorbed by the greenhouse gases and radiated back toward the surface.
Scientists attribute the global warming trend observed since the mid-20th century to the human expansion of the “greenhouse effect” — warming that results when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from Earth toward space.
A minor but very important component of the atmosphere, carbon dioxide is released through natural processes such as respiration and volcano eruptions and through human activities such as deforestation, land use changes, and burning fossil fuels. Humans have increased atmospheric CO2 concentration by 47% since the Industrial Revolution began. This is the most important long-lived “forcing” of climate change.
On Earth, human activities are changing the natural greenhouse. Over the last century the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil has increased the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). This happens because the coal or oil burning process combines carbon with oxygen in the air to make CO2. To a lesser extent, the clearing of land for agriculture, industry, and other human activities has increased concentrations of greenhouse gases.
The consequences of changing the natural atmospheric greenhouse are difficult to predict, but some effects seem likely:
- On average, Earth will become warmer. Some regions may welcome warmer temperatures, but others may not.
- Warmer conditions will probably lead to more evaporation and precipitation overall, but individual regions will vary, some becoming wetter and others dryer.
- A stronger greenhouse effect will warm the ocean and partially melt glaciers and ice sheets, increasing sea level. Ocean water also will expand if it warms, contributing further to sea level rise.