Global warming is one of the biggest and controversial issues facing the world today. Global warming refers to the change in climate which can be attributed directly or not directly to human activity which alters the composition of the global atmosphere by the earth overheating. Global warming is a problem that needs to be addressed. If global warming is not addressed, there will be an increase in higher temperatures, and with the increase in higher temperatures, the oceans will rise, and this will affect the vegetation. In addition, global warming puts wildlife at risk because if the warming continues, many Earth’s species will pass away. Global warming may lead to increased risks of floods, droughts, and fire and this is a threat to humanity. Higher temperatures leads to an increased amount of evaporation leaving the land dry thus droughts, and these dry areas are susceptible to fires. Also, when the rains come, the dry areas that have been impacted by droughts will be vulnerable to floods, and this can wash away houses, livestock, and even cause a number of deaths. Therefore, global warming is a worldwide problem.
Global warming is mainly caused by natural causes or factors. Philosophers believe that, global warming is as a result of how we live and in order to arrest it, we have to change our lifestyle (Gardiner and Hartzell-Nichols 5). They assert that, the earth’s temperature increase is as a result of human activities. This is true because, the primary cause of global warming is human activities. Even though the earth has a history of temperature changes including warming trends even before the existence of humans, human activities have increased the earth’s warming. There has been an increase in green house gas emissions caused by human activities. The main cause for global warming is mans actions, and the earth can only be saved by man respecting the environment.
Climate skeptics argue that global warming is a natural occurrence on the earth. To some extent this is right because, there is a natural cycle that occurs every 1,500 years. In the cycle, the earth warms up, and then after some time it cools down. Even if global warming is a natural cycle, that does not give us humans the opportunity not to take care of the earth by causing pollution. According to Kohak, human beings should learn to respect nature and this will reduce pollution which is the main human activity that causes global warming (Kohak 125). Pollution has been said to be the main reason of global warming, and it can only be decreased by every individual taking preserving the environment as a moral obligation. Humans need to recycle and reduce carbon emissions on the earth’s atmosphere, and this will aid in combating global warming. Moreover, there is need for planting of more trees after cutting them down so as to help in removing the carbon dioxide that has been emitted in the air. Kohak adds that, every person should make his/her houses more energy efficient by changing their lifestyles in order to stop pollution (Kohak 128).
I agree with the author because; the main cause of the earth’s warming is by human activities and if they only learn to respect nature, this problem can be decreased. Kohak’s arguments are undisputable because, it is evident that global warming is caused by pollution, which is caused by human activities and can only be prevented if nature is preserved. Despite a strong objection from skeptics that global warming is a natural cycle, it is very evident that it is caused by human activities. Mankind is heading towards catastrophic climate change unless they change their lifestyles, and stop green house gas emissions. It is the duty of the people take care of the earth, and stop carbon emissions in order to avoid the catastrophic climate change for the future generations. Global warming combustion is a moral obligation of every human being by trying to change their lifestyles, and living green to avoid green house gas emissions.
There will be always a two sided argument on global warming; it is a problem caused by human activities, and it is a natural cycle that cannot be avoided. Moreover it will always remain a contentious issue the first question is whether global warming is a problem, two whether the global temperature is increasing and three, whether the impending consequences of global warming are really plausible or simply hysterical assertions. It is evident that, global warming is a global problem that is mainly caused by human activities, and can be combated if there is less pollution in the air. According Arnold, humans can limit activities that emit green house gases in the atmosphere, and this will help in reducing the increase in the earth’s temperature ( Arnold 125). Those who argue that global warming is a natural cycle have failed to provide enough data to support it because over the years, the earth’s temperature has been increasing non-stop, and this poses a threat to the earth, and its population.
According to Kohak, nature should be respected and taken care of and if not, it brings adverse changes to the climate. Global warming is an ethical concern that should be confronted by every human being. Kohak’s ethical view on global warming is that, every human has a moral obligation to take care of the earth. Kohak says that, human should first discover the world of nature, after discovering then learn to respect the nature around them (Kohak 129). It is the moral duty of humans to take care of heir surrounding other than being arrogant. Humans learn from nature and they should take the responsibility of taking care of the nature because they need it. If Kohak’s ethical view is applied by every human being, then environmental issues caused by human activities can be eliminated. Humans should develop an interest in preserving the ecosphere by embracing the entire natural world. Carbon dioxide levels are at their highest in the atmosphere, and if every human takes it as a moral issue to protect the environment, then the carbon levels can be reduced thus reducing global warming. Kohak affirms that, ordinary citizens should change in the way they dwell upon the earth in order to preserve nature and avoid global warming (Kohak 131).
In conclusion, global warming is an issue of national security because it is causing extreme weather. Global warming is a problem that has the potential to destabilize, and cause conflict between regions of the world as well as destroying homes, causing deaths of people and livestock, droughts, and causing heat related diseases. Global warming is a key factor for extreme weather and an ethical challenge that can be addressed by ordinary citizens. Global warming is caused by green house emissions and it is a moral obligation to every human being to change their life styles and stop pollution the environment. Individuals should make a personal choice and develop a set of green virtues and make the atmosphere clean.
Kohak, Erazim. The Embers and the Stars: A Philosophical Inquiry into the Moral Sense of Nature. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987. Print.
Gardiner, Stephen. M. and Hartzell-Nichols, Lauren. Ethics and Global Climate Change. Nature Education Knowledge 3. 10(2012):5-7. Print.
Arnold, Dennis. G. The Ethics of Global Climate Change. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Print.