The media portrays society’s modernization as progress, focusing heavily on new technology and developments. However, when looking at the various effects from modernization, it seems as though we are on a self-destructive path. Among the more developed countries are the highest rates of greenhouse gas emissions, led by the United States which “is responsible for the largest fraction of cumulative CO2 emissions from energy use since 1850” (Center).
Global warming causes a multitude of reactions, which can be potentially life threatening (Riebeek). The increase in temperature creates warmer environments, which can greatly affect agriculture and public health (Riebeek). More severe natural disasters from this rapid warming could potentially be more devastating for people around the world (Riebeek). These changes in the environment are both short- and long-term, including land erosion and increased flooding (Riebeek).
Even with these dangers in the future, society largely ignores global warming. Media coverage of global warming has decreased over the years, and is usually discussed from a political perspective (Richard). This resistance to change is going to be an incredibly difficult burden for future generations to bear. The methods to decrease human impact on global warming are available, but a worldwide effort to deviate from the current environmental standards remains unseen.
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Richard, Michael G. “Since 2009, Sunday TV Shows Have Not Quoted A Single Scientist On Climate Change.” TreeHugger. 9 Jan. 2013. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.
Riebeek, Holli. “Global Warming : Feature Articles.” Global Warming : Feature Articles. 3 June 2010. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.