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Part III: Climate change, business, trade and their impacts.
14 animations concerning climate change, global business and trade agreements, and their impacts.
1. Devastating forest fires.
More devastating forest fires, including all of those in urban settings, and everywhere in the world, mean less Oxygen in the air we breath, and more carbon dioxide intensifying the global warming of our planet. It also means less trees to fight against the problem of global warming, that is less tree leaves absorbing CO2 through the process of photosynthesis and creating more Oxygen. Most fires are also a terrible lost to people in the community and to all other lifeforms on Earth. Reconstruction means using more of the global resources already alarmingly in depletion and exhaustion. And the process of reconstruction itself boosts the problem of global warming.
Volcanoes release about 5% of the amount of CO2 released by human activities. Once every 20 years there is a volcanic eruption that throws out a large amount of particles and gases. These will effectively shield us enough from the sun to lead to a period of global cooling. The particles and gases typically dissipate after about 2 years, but the effect is nearly global.
3. Plant and life cycles at risk.
The larger the increase in global temperature, the more life species will be at risk of extinction. People and other life species living in low-latitude and less-developed areas are chiefly vulnerable. Larger temperature increases will be more difficult to adapt to. Changes in plant and life cycles of many species are therefore at high risk.
4. Plant and life cycles extinct.
As global warming causes more heat returning to Earth and less escaping to space, we observe that the rising of the global average temperature accelerates the extinction of many life and plant species.
5. Coral reefs facing extinction.
Extensive damage to Coral Reefs have been caused by ocean warming and by more fossil fuel carbon in ocean, air, and corals. Coral reefs are the most diverse of all marine ecosystems worldwide. They team with other life forms, with perhaps one quarter of all ocean life species depending on reefs, for food and shelter. In fact the variety of life supported by coral reefs rivals that of the tropical forests of the Amazon or New Guinea. But without urgent action to address climate change, pollution, overfishing and other threats these beautiful and life-sustaining organisms could disappear.
6. Polar bears facing extinction.
The survival and the protection of the polar bear habitat in the North Pole region are urgent issues of Global Civilization. Because of ongoing and potential loss of their sea ice habitat resulting from global warming, Global Civilization has declared polar bears an endangered species. If polar bears were to go extinct, the population of walruses, seals, whales, reindeer, rodents and birds would increase and get out of control. Let us all protect the polar bear habitat.
7. World's ecosystems reveal a widespread decline.
Today, the health of the world ecosystems shows a widespread decline, and many of them faced extinction because of human activities such as development and an increase resource demands of an overpopulated planet. If instead of digging for the dirty tar sands oil, we were investing in environmentally friendly projects, we would save the planet and its inhabitants, and we would create 10 times as many jobs; that would also save the global economy from collapsing on itself and stop fuelling the war industry.
8. Carbon dioxide (CO2) moves from fossil fuels to the atmosphere.
The carbon cycle is the movement of carbon, in its many forms, between the atmosphere, oceans, biosphere, and geosphere. A typical example, through a process called respiration, air is brought into our body through inhalation. During this process air is taken in through the lungs. The main reason for exhalation is to rid the body of carbon dioxide, which is the waste product of gas exchange in humans and many other life forms. All life forms and plants need to get rid of this carbon dioxide gas. In much larger quantities, carbon dioxide moves from fossil fuels to the atmosphere mainly when fuels are burned to power factories, plants, cars and trucks, and most of the carbon quickly enters the atmosphere as carbon dioxide gas, which is the main greenhouse gas causing the global warming of our planet.
9. Rising sea level.
Rising sea levels are occurring because of the global warming of our planet. Global warming has caused the thermal expansion of the ocean water and the melting of glaciers and ice cover on land. As carbon dioxide traps more heat on the planet, the oceans get warmer and expand in volume. Ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica as well as other glaciers are melting much faster now, pouring more water into the oceans. Sea level rises can considerably influence human populations in coastal and island regions. Millions of people are forced to move to higher grounds. Many become refugees in other nations. A global crisis is developing to a critical state never seen before and requiring concrete actions worldwide.
10. Climate change observations.
Climate change comprises global warming and refers to the broader range of changes that are happening on our planet. These include rising sea levels, shrinking mountain glaciers, accelerating ice melt in Greenland, Antarctica and the Arctic, and shifts in flower blooming times. The Arctic Ocean is expected to become essentially ice free in summer before mid-century. Those are all consequences of the warming, which is caused mainly by people burning fossil fuels and putting out heat-trapping gases into the air. Over the past 40 years, rising sea levels have been observed to occur at a faster rate than ever in the past; sea levels rising have disastrous consequences for islands and low-level coastal areas. Soon all large coatal cities will be affected.
11. Container ships unsustainable state of affairs.
The potential for new trade routes in the Artic will significantly reduce the time needed to transport goods between Europe, Asia, and the Americas. More goods are being moved daily across oceans by thousands of container ships fuelled by the worst and dirtiest fossil fuels whith residues being constantly dumped into the oceans. The engines of those ships propogate an extremely loud sound in the ocean water that is deafening many fish and ocean mammals, and destroy their hearing organs, thus rendering them unable to relie on sound to communicate, navigate, and find foods. That is truly an unsustainable state of affairs for life on Earth and now the future state of affairs in the Artic.
12. War industry, the worst ever polluter of greenhouse gases.
The war industry comprises all persons directly or indirectly related to the research, engineering, production, manufacturing, promoting, selling, use of war products, war equipment, war ships, war planes, or the like. A 'person' can be an organization such as a government, a business, a non-government organization, an institution such as a university, or it can be a professional, an individual, or the like. All persons working, directly or indirectly, for the war industry, are responsible and accountable to humanity for anything happening to their products after they are produced. The USA military, with its over a thousand military bases in the world, is in large part the war industry and must also be shelved, mothballed forever from humanity. By far and unquestionably, this industry with its countless, never-ending, limitless and extreme activities aimed at invading and controlling nations worldwide and acquiring global resources, is the worst ever polluter of greenhouse gases than any other industries and human activities put together. In large part, this industry has created the global warming of the planet and, consequently, is also destroying the global life-support systems.
13. Global Ministries in government of all nations.
Global Civilization must now structure and launch the formation of Global Ministries in government of all nations in order to meet the needs for food, shelter, universal healthcare, education, employment for all, and keeping peace in the world. And these needs are the global commons that have always existed throughout humanity history. They are primordial human rights of the Scale of Global Rights. It's time for us to come to terms with reality. We need ways of organizing ourselves to help us live in a world with less energy and fewer material goods. We need to rebuild a deep sense of community that has disappeared from many of our lives. The world is in a global crisis. Unlimited growth assumes unlimited global resources, which is no longer possible, and that is the reason for the crisis.
14. Ministry of Global Peace in government.
From now on, building global communities for peace require understanding of global problems this generation is facing. There are several major problems: conflicts and wars, no tolerance and compassion for one another, world overpopulation, unemployment, insufficient protection and prevention for global health, scarcity of resources and drinking water, poverty, fauna and flora species disappearing at a fast rate, global warming and global climate change, global pollution, permanent lost of the Earth's genetic heritage, and the destruction of the global life-support systems and the eco-systems of the planet. We need to build global communities that will manage themselves with the understanding of those problems. All aspects are interrelated: global peace, global sustainability, global rights and the environment. The jobless is more concerned with ending starvation, finding a proper shelter and employment, and helping their children to survive. Environmental issues become meaningless to the jobless. In reality, all concerns are interrelated because the ecology of the planet has no boundaries. Obviously, as soon as our environment is destroyed or polluted beyond repair, human suffering is next.
Global Dialogue 2013 is more concerned about the formation of a Ministry of Global Peace in the government of each nation of the world. There are several reasons why this is an important step in the history of humanity, and we will make that aspect of our Dialogue an extensive research and development. We ask everyone to participate because this is for all of us on planet Earth.
The formation of Global Ministries has been a goal of Global Community ever since 1985 when Global Community was first created along with many other major global projects such as Global Peace Ministry, Global Peace Village and Global Peace Earth.