Is Global Warming Baby Talk?

Brrr, a very cold morning in Oakland, California. I feel like we have had summer weather up until today. After watching the weather report I felt the cold even more, not because it was so in reality, but because people in the upper Midwest are experiencing their first blankets of Snow, and the Southern States of the US are not being spared by the Arctic Blast. I wish everyone that is affected by this Storm a warm and safe environment. Personally, I have grown up in a cold area, so I don’t mind being cold. In fact all four Seasons are something I looked forward to, because as the Season changes, everything else changes too. Where I come from our food habits changed every Season. In summer we used to eat a lot of fresh Fruits and Veggies, in Winters we used to eat a lot more meat, and pickled fruits and veggies.

I have noticed that ever since I have had kids, the first thing I think about is my kids. For example, as I woke up this morning, the first thing I thought about was if my little daughter is warm enough. Therefore, right now I will write about my 16-month-old Rascal whose name is Layla, and about human induced Climate change.Layla impresses me in countless ways, because every day is a new adventure with her. Today she impressed me with saying the word “Hippopotamus”. Since I’m a foreigner that word is hard to say for me too. By now you are probably speculating about what Global Warming has to do with babies. To me Global Warming is directly connected to our babies, because our kids are the future of this Planet.

My 16-month-old daughter loves being outside. Layla enjoys the Park, walks by the Lake, playing outside, and most of all she loves animals. What my concern is, will she be able to enjoy all those things as she grows? Climate Change has been happening at a rapid rate recently, and that fact has inspired me to raise my awareness in regards to Global Warming. My concern is: will my daughter or my grand kids be able to enjoy the Earth as we did? For example, the State we live in, which is California has experienced the worst drought ever in the past 3 years. Stanford Scientist have linked this drought to Global Warming which is most likely caused by humans emitting large amounts of green house gases. The drought has had a domino effect on our community and environment. For example, a lot of Farmer’s crops died. The fact that their crops died will drive food prices higher, which means that I might not be able to afford a healthy meal for my kids.

I take Layla daily to the neighboring Park. She doesn’t like the swing in particular, I guess she is afraid of it. Layla likes to go down the slide, and her favorite thing to play with is the Ball. She likes to throw the Ball to me and run around on the green, soft Grass. Playing on grass at the Park is the safest option for Layla, because she is a toddler and she can’t hurt herself if she falls on Grass. My question is, how many years from now on will kids have a green, soft blanket at the Park to fall on? Global Warming could turn my daughter’s favorite playground into a hard surfaced dessert, because the drought condition has gotten so bad in California that we are sparing water on watering Gardens and Lawns.

Layla loves walks by the Lake. Every time we walk by the Lake she screams “wawa”, which means water, she even thinks that the Sky is made out of Water. Global Warming has had a devastating effect on California Lakes. Here is a link to before and after pictures: It’s really sad that this is happening and we are still doing all the same wrong things we have been doing for many years. After seeing those pictures all I wonder is: How long will be able to enjoy our beautiful, relaxing walks by the Lake?

Layla seems to be more impressed with Animals than humans. For example, if she is exposed to a person she doesn’t know she will hug me and stick with me until that person leaves. However, animals are a different story with Layla. Layla is very curious with animals, she tries to approach them, watches them and wants to touch them. Global Warming is affecting Farm and Wildlife Animals alike. As I mentioned above, when it rains less, grass can’t grow, therefore there if a lack of food supply for animals that feed off Grass. Moreover, lack of rain heightens the dangers of wildfires. Wildfires force animals to migrate and look for water and food supply in populated areas where it is impossible for them to survive. Global Warming is effecting life on Earth not only my kids and me. Therefore, if we are causing the problem why not try to change things?

The chain of Global Warming negative effects on our environment could lead to a Global catastrophe and we really don’t want that to happen for the sake of our future generations.

Here is what some influential people had to say about Global Warming:

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow:

“I have spent the better part of this tour trying to come up with easy ways for us all to become a part of the solution to global warming. Although my ideas are in the earliest stages of development, they are, in my mind, worth investigating. I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting-only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required.”

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio:

“Global warming is not only the number one environmental challenge we face today, but one of the most important issues facing all of humanity… We all have to do our part to raise awareness about global warming and the problems we as a people face in promoting a sustainable environmental future for our planet.”

President Barack Obama

“The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way,” Obama said. “But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact. And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say, ‘Yes, we did.'”

So, what can we do to contribute in slowing down human caused green house gasses negative effect on our lives? My post is probably baby talk compared to all the website where you can gather statistics from well known Scientist in regards of Global Warming and Climate Change. I just wanted to raise awareness on a subject that concerns all of us in my own words. For starters we can take baby steps. Educate ourselves as much as we can on Global Warming. Do little things to reduce green house gas emission. For example, reduce showers, do carpooling and recycle. Those are little things that will make our kids life on Earth a happier place. I am doing it for the sake of the word “wawa”. Global Warming sounded like baby talk to me before I educated myself a little bit on the subject. I am inspired to make a little change for the sake of my Children’s future on Earth. Are you?

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Source by Sanela Mlivo

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