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A Breath of Fresh Air

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As I stare into the bright luminescent light of an apple computer screen writing this blog post, while sitting comfortably on a big cushioned Ikea bought chair, I am waiting for my brazilian coffee beans to be brewed. It is true, I live a life full of luxuries. Inside my confined home I have everything that I can possibly need. A bedroom that is all mine with a queen sized bed, a desk large enough that would make Donald Trump say “It’s huuuge”, and a closet that would make the Kardashians jealous. I guess you could say that this style of living is similar to Jimmy’s, luxurious. However, instead of a house he lives in a “castle”, but I think both homes does its job; to keep things out. For some of us we feel safe in our homes, I do too. Once we step outside from our protective walls we are immediately susceptible to danger. For Jimmy, walking outside to the pleeblands and recognizing how his world isn’t so perfect from the compound opened his mind to how his world is slowly crumbling, just like our own world. In Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood brings up the topic about global warming. We know it’s happening, but most of us aren’t doing much to change that. Only when a global warming disaster effects us it is then that we start to make a change.

I bet you were jealous while reading that I have an apple computer, Ikea furniture and a room perfect for a Queen. I would be jealous too. I don’t have those things. I wanted to show you how easy it is to want materialistic things. Who could blame you and I? I blame advertisement. They have these fancy billboards, and commercials that can easily hypnotize adults into purchasing an easy bake oven because a regular oven is too hard to use. Advertisements showcase the things we want, not the things we need. In the book, Jimmy works in advertisement selling people things they don’t need and feeding on people’s vulnerabilities. I think we are doing the exact same thing in our society, feeding off of people’s insecurities. We want the new “it” look that is trending, we want the cool fast cars that make people look with envy as you leave them standing in your dust. People’s demands are increasing and manufacturers are mass producing goods to meet those demands, but at what cost? Burning of fossil fuels and the textile companies are the two major contributors to global warming. To be honest, our future doesn’t look too good. Our world might end up just like in Oryx and Crake where disease, droughts, famine are common over the globe, and we are not too far from it.

We all know (I hope) that CO2 is a major culprit for global warming. If not then go to national geographic.  In a study conducted by NASA, 350 ppm of CO2 is considered to be the “safe number”. Why 350 ppm you may ask? It is because at this level, if everybody were to work together to stop the emission of CO2 we are able to reverse the rate at which global warming is increasing at. However, if it is higher than 350 ppm, then we will have a harder time to reduce the CO2.

 

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There is a limit at which the planet can handle, and that is 400 ppm. I was curious what level of COs the planet was at, and the number will scare you just like it did to me. We are officially over 400 ppm, and out of the safe zone. In December, the Earth was at a high of 404 ppm. It’s very unlikely to go back down. This means that it is too late to reverse global warming. Before we had a chance. Well, I think you get the picture.  One of the major concerns Montrealers should have is air pollution especially in downtown. You know the old saying, “I’m going outside for some fresh air”?  We can’t say that anymore.  Is this really our future?

 

References

Society, N. G. (2015). Air Pollution Facts, Air Pollution Effects, Air Pollution Solutions, Air Pollution Causes – National Geographic. Retrieved February 10, 2017, from http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/pollution-overview/

Kahn, B., & Central, C. (2016, September 27). Earth’s CO2 Passes the 400 PPM Threshold–Maybe Permanently. Retrieved February 10, 2016, from https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/earth-s-co2-passes-the-400-ppm-threshold-maybe-permanently/

(2016, December 12). Retrieved February 10, 2017, from http://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/carbon-dioxide/

Causes of Climate Change. (2016, October 11). Retrieved February 11, 2017, from https://www.epa.gov/climate-change-science/causes-climate-change

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2 thoughts on “A Breath of Fresh Air

  1. I thought this was a good read and I’m really glad you brought up the issue of global warming. It’s scary – we only have one Earth and we’re treating it terribly. I read on BBC that were everyone to live like the average American does, we would need four Earths to sustain our way of living. What does this say about the average American? It doesn’t say that they’re bad people, it just says that their (our) lifestyles are not sustainable and that they (we) need to reduce our carbon footprint. Fortunately, there is reason for optimism. Solar Energy costs cheaper than ever and is becoming a more viable option as opposed to using fossil fuels. Along the same vein, electric cars are more popular than ever and the trend should continue to go upward. It’s not all downhill from here!

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  2. Well, the topic in this post changed quite quickly hahaha. From advertising to global warming, so many things to talk about. Unfortunately, you are right, it is human nature to want things, but this lust for the new and improved has only recently reached the state it is currently in. Advertising seen throughout our lives creates false memories within us that associate the new and improved with happiness, which keeps us asking for more. The more we want, the more we spend, the more is produced, the more is wasted and the more we harm the planet. Is this really our future? Yes it is and we cannot change it for it is the big industries that pollute and convince us that the pollution is something we need. We are burning our home for short term benefits. A stand is no longer enough, we need to change.

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