I am addressing two topics in this blog. They are important current event topics, off the ordinary from usual.
First, global warming…you either believe in it or you don’t. I am one of the many few who do believe in global warming. How can you not, is my question? There have been two incidents that really made me think about global warming. First it was my Ecology class. Science classes teach us about the atmosphere and greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases are natural, and the greenhouse effect is a natural occurring thing. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas, and it is what keeps plants alive and it is what we as human beings give off. Gasoline and other fossil fuels also put CO2 into the atmosphere. The sun is reflected off of the earth and heat is trapped in earth’s atmosphere. Greenhouse gases keep more heat in. More CO2 or more greenhouse gases, the more heat is trapped in. The amount of greenhouse gases is un-natural because we, humans, put more than there should be in the atmosphere. To me, this IS global warming…the temperature is hotter when there is more heat trapped in the atmosphere, causing a faster rate in melting ice caps.
If you read any of this blog, this is the part you should read. The second incident that made me think about global warming is when I went to the Republican Monadnock Debates the other day, and none of them really care about the environment. Truthfully, that scared me. One of the candidates actually said if he goes to Washington he “did not feel the environment is in the top 20 problems in the United States.” I almost fainted, and fell out of my chair when I heard that. Yes, it is probably one of the top ten problems in the US. That’s what I believe anyway. We have to start using things that are better for the environment because if we do not, it will be the end of us. Not right away of course, but our children will pay for our bad treatment towards the earth. There are plenty of problems in the world and the United States, but do you want to be able to breathe when you’re 70? I know I do.
Secondly, yesterday was September 11, 2010. It has been nine years since the attack on the United States. I still remember where I was and what I was doing when I found out. I was in fifth grade, at Assumption Elementary. I was in mass, and my sixth grade teacher told the whole elementary school what had happened. I believe it was one of the first days of school because we always had mass on the first day of school. It was a sad day. I remember we all watched the news and saw all of the chaos. I still find it really interesting to watch footage from that day. They have had numerous documentaries on TV, and the movie, World Trade Center with Nicolas Cage, one of the best and saddest movies ever. It always makes me cry. I think people forget that the Pentagon was hit as well as the Twin Towers, and about the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania after members of the plane tried to retake control of the plane that was actually headed for Washington, D.C.
Millions of Americans were remembering that day, nine years ago. It is interesting to see if other countries remember it along with us. I asked two friends of mine that are in Athens, Greece right now if they knew of anything that was going on to remember 9/11 in the US or anything mentioned in the papers, but there was nothing. I was on Twitter earlier in the day and someone mentioned that London, England was remembering too. So many were affected how can other countries not remember it along with us? I was also surprised as well as a few of my friends that there was no moment of silence or anything happening at FPU for 9/11…maybe next year?
Amelia Walters, Arts and Entertainment Editor
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