Protecting our planet

A recent report by the United Nations indicated that global warming due to environmental pollution is already negatively affecting us.

The analysis produced by 700 scientists, which is conducted every seven years, said that “climate changes are broad and have consequences.” The spread of disease in Africa, material and human losses caused by fires in North America, and the decrease in the quality and production of food in South America are some of the effects of the planet’s rising temperatures—an increase that will continue unless measures to decrease emissions are implemented.

In this regard, it is positive that the Obama administration is reviewing new regulations for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fight this pollution. Rules, which are expected to be released in June, should include letting states charge a tax to reduce gas emissions from power plants by one-third.

There is strong opposition, which questions the science that links gas emissions to global warming. Strong economic interests are willing to sacrifice the future to increase revenues in the present. They oppose, like many other sectors did before, adapting the industry to new realities and taking on the costs of change in the long term.

Personally, we should back candidates who offer real options to resolve the problems where they happen. There is no point in planting trees in northern California if pollution is allowed to increase in Wilmington.

Lastly, let’s remember that protecting natural resources starts with individual decisions—whether saving water and power, carefully recycling or using public transportation more often, among many others. On this Earth Day, and every day, let’s protect the planet and take care of our home, because it is the only one we have.