This paper will discuss the environmental crisis of climate change. Included will be what climate change is and how it’s affecting the planet. The human spirit is an amazing thing that can withstand many obstacles this paper will discuss the affect climate change is having on the human spirit and how religion can help combat climate change through the awareness of ethical values. Climate change is something that’s occurring right now and the effects will take the planet thousands of years to recover so its critical that action is taken now to ensure a sustainable planet for future generations. Human spirit and the voice of religion may be the key to solving the climate change problem.
Climate Change an Environmental Concern
Climate change is a growing environmental concern that is affecting all reaches of the planet. Rising air and ocean temperatures are causing a change in climate that’s having potentially devastating effects. Polar ice sheets are beginning to melt causing a rise in water levels, which have the potential to cause coastal flooding. The rising ocean levels are not the only concern regarding the melting ice sheets. As more ice sheets melt large volumes of freshwater is introduced into the ocean, which can cause disturbances in ocean currents. One such threat is the potential loss of the Gulf Stream. If the Gulf Stream is affected by global warming that the weather in Western Europe would have a dramatic weather shift to severely cold weather. O'Hare (2011) states “If weakening in the Gulf Stream occurs gradually over the 21st century, a possible amelioration of the rising temperatures brought about by global warming could occur over the UK and Western Europe. However, if the Gulf Stream collapses in just a few decades, there could be an abrupt onset of very cold conditions over the region.” (para. 1)
The leading cause of climate change is greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere. Humanities dependence on fossil fuel is one of the major causes of the greenhouse problem. The emission of carbon dioxide from automobiles, coal plants, and other fossil fuel sources are accelerating global warming. The black carbon released from coal plants may be the worst carbon being emitted into the atmosphere. Many of the developed countries are still relying on coal power plants to supply the heavy energy needs of these countries. While many of these countries are attempting to try alternative renewable energy sources many argue that as long as many of these countries leaders are invested in fossil fuel than the problem may not be resolved. To address the issues of climate change and the human spirit one should address how climate change affects human health and religion or spiritual beliefs.
Climate Change and Human Health
Human health would be greatly affected by climate change and people are already being affected. As the climate changes heat is rising in many regions throughout the world. These heat waves are affecting...