Climate change and global warming


The Arctic, January 2010
Strikingly, polar bears were spotted as hunting their own kind for food. In the Arctic where temperatures have gone down warming the region, polar bears, unable to hibernate or get any food, turn to monsters killing not only humans but also their own kind. They are drifting on the slices of ices and struggling for survival at the very front line of global warming.

The Antarctic, July 2008
A satellite picture from European Space Agency(ESA) showed an image of Wilkins Ice Shelf breaking away. This shelf is huge in size of 16,000 ㎢, 7 times larger than Manhattan.
The global warming, which has been warned by scientists, has been proven true.
March in the same year, 80% of baby Adelie penguins lost their lives due to deadly rain in the Antarctic. 
With green shoots starting to sprout and rain drops falling on the ground, the Antarctic becomes warmer, turning it a land of death. 
This human-induced phenomenon demands that we take responsibility for our conduct. 
Desertification effects all around the globe at a high speed, engulfing forests and lakes, and the subsequent water shortage causes a great deal of pain to many. 
Korea and Japan suffer from the yellow dust caused by desertification in China and Mongolia. 
Whereas devastating flood, that accompanies enormous typhoons like hurricane and cyclone, hardens the lives of many in the U.S. and Southeast Asia. 
In striking contrast to melting icecaps in Alps and Mt. Kilimanjaro, heavy snow caused by unusual weather phenomenon nearly paralyzed cities in the Eastern part of U.S. in the early 2010.
A coral island of Tuvalu in the Pacific plans to abandon its land since the country is currently sinking under water.
which renamed the people of Tuvalu as “climate refugee”.
Each year, the number of casualties resulted from natural disasters outnumbers that from war by 5 times.
The pace of temperature rise in the East Sea that lies between Korea and Japan is 2 times faster than the world average.
It becomes rare to see Pollack and sardines, which once regarded as the symbol of the East Sea. 
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) point carbon dioxide as a main culprit of global warming.
The amount of carbon dioxide emissions increases due to oil, coal, exhaust fumes from automobiles, excessive energy consumption, and extravagant use of natural resources.
The world is trying hard to find counter-measures against global warming after realizing, though belatedly, the severity of its consequences.
The Korean government is taking an aggressive approach toward alternative energy development and eco-friendly projects and reducing carbon dioxide emissions through the Same-Day-Of-The-Week-No-Driving system and energy savings. 
Also, the government has designated April 5th as tree-planting day since 1949.
Korea’s tree-planting day movement is spreading around the globe in order to curb global warming.
For the mankind to coexist with polar bears, Adelie penguins, and precious fishes in the East Sea, all of us need to become ‘world changers’, taking the lead in curbing climate change and global warming staring from now.

- Wangari Muta Maathai, 1940~ / www.greenbeltmovement.org
Kenyan environmental and political activist. / Initiated Green Belt Movement in 1977/ Planted 30 million trees till early 2000 / Became the first African woman laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.

- Greenpeace / www.greenpeace.org
Non-governmental environmental organization/ Established in 1971 / Having offices in 41 countries and 2.8 million members /Focused on climate change mitigation, Defending oceans and protecting ancient forests and eliminating toxic chemicals and genetic engineered products.

- World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF / www.wwf.org
Established in 1961 and one of the biggest non-governmental environmental organizations / Supporting around 1300 environmental projects in 100 countries / Conducted Earth Hour Project related to Climate Change in 2010.

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