Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My Global Cooling Speech!

What is global cooling? We all know what global warming is. Today I am going to tell you about global cooling. Global cooling is basically trying to stop global warming. We can start global cooling by riding our bikes or walking to school, instead of taking a car which releases pollution into the atmosphere decreasing the ozone making it hotter. The things that we want to prevent from happening in order to start global cooling are greenhouse gasses, solar variation, and temperature changes. To start, greenhouse gasses are caused by human-activity that mostly started when the industrial system was started. The greenhouse effect was discovered by Joseph Fourier and he says “It is the process in which absorption and emission of infrared radiation by atmospheric gases warm a planet's lower atmosphere and surface.” Another example of Global Warming is Solar Variation. As stated by two researchers at Duke University, solar variation is caused by the sun. A different hypothesis is that variations in solar output, possibly amplified by cloud seeding via galactic cosmic rays, may have contributed to recent warming.
Now onto a simpler example, when you drive your car you are releasing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere helping create global warming. Think about that the next time you want to go somewhere but you are too lazy to walk, run, bike, skateboard, or even take a bus. If you ask your parents to drive you, then your laziness is making the atmosphere full of CO2 emissions, also known as ruining the earth. Another kind of emission is called methane. Methane is also known as poop gas from animals that live on a farm. Say you had a hundred pigs on your farm and they all pooped twice a day. In a year that would pile up to be a bunch of methane polluting the atmosphere. Methane is also the gas that is a fart. So the next time you are about to fart, just be selfish and keep it to yourself and don’t pollute the environment with your fart. Rotten trash also forms methane.
Who likes snow? I sure do! So by starting global cooling we can have more snow days. Another way to start global cooling is to recycle and compost. By doing this we can reuse our natural resources instead of dumping it into a landfill and have to use up more energy to create paper and bottles. To help global cooling we can put solar panels on the top of our houses to get energy from the sun instead of Excel Energy. Some materials that are appropriate for recycling are: glass bottles and jars of all colors, aluminum cans, pie pans and clean aluminum foil, plastic bottles and jugs with a #1 a #2 or a #5 on the bottom, paper milk boxes, juice boxes and drink boxes, #2 and #5 plastic tubs and cups, scrap metal, most paper items, and phone books! Also, if you eat a whole banana and you are about to throw away the peel, stop, think and remember that all vegetables and fruits can be composted. Even napkins, plates and many other things too! So the next time you drink a soda and you are about to throw it in the trash, think and remember that it can be recycled!
There is one bad thing, and that is that not everything is recyclable or compostable. Some items that are not recyclable are: orange brownish envelopes, construction paper, tissue paper, wrapping paper, paper towels, tissues, waxed items, frozen food or ice cream containers, pictures, and stickers. An item that can not be composted very easily is meat. This is because it takes a long time to decompose, and it also attracts rats and mice to your compost pile.
Obviously, global cooling is the way to go!
By Zack Gould

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