Greenhouse gases, or the gases in the atmosphere that are primarily responsible for the greenhouse effect, usually are created under natural circumstances. However, in recent years, global greenhouse emissions have been the result of human activity, such as burning fossil fuel or coal. But how does this affect the health of our planet? What do these things mean for the future?
Here are some things you need to know about the greenhouse effect and global warming that may help you to come up new ways for you and your family to be eco-friendly.
Water vapor, carbon dioxide, and ozone are among the most popular greenhouse gases, and there is a layer of ozone gas that naturally sits near the top of the earth’s air pressure.
When harmful chemicals are released into the air, and inevitably the atmosphere, the ozone layer is slowly depleted. This layer also protects us from the harmful rays of the sun, and if it is destroyed, it will be much more difficult for us to enjoy time outdoors, or to grow plants for food and shade. Both humans and animals will have to struggle to survive in these conditions, which is why protecting the ozone layer is so important.
The depletion of the ozone layer has also become a serious environmental issue because carbon dioxide is another greenhouse gas, which plants need in order to survive. Humans can not inhale large amounts of this gas, which is why plants are needed to absorb the carbon dioxide and convert it into oxygen. If there is no safe environment for plants to grow, greenhouse emissions will worsen and our future on the earth will be jeopardized.
If you want to make sure that you’re doing your part to cut down on greenhouse emissions, you can pay special attention to the products you use for your home and personal grooming. For instance, items like hairspray or spray deodorant may contain chemicals that will thin the ozone layer, so check the label for the ‘no CFCs’ symbol. This is also true for some Styrofoam products, so if you’re getting plates or cups for a picnic, be sure to get paper products that are CFC free as well.
Due to the environmental issue of greenhouse emissions and global warming, you should also be extra careful when going outside. Even if you’re only going to be outside for a short period of time, you should make sure that you have adequate sun protection on your face and body—a sunscreen of at least SPF 20 should do. You may also want to purchase sunglasses with UV protection so that you can properly shield your eyes from the sun. While there has been damage done to the earth, we can all do our part to preserve the planet and its resources. Living green in order to save on fuel usage, as well as being an informed consumer are all great ways to make sure that greenhouse emissions are minimized.