官方APP下载:英语学习播客(支持苹果手机、安卓手机)
创办于2003年
UNSV记不住?那就记中文谐音“忧安思危”吧!
  Slow and Steady Wins the Race!
UNSV英语学习频道 - Slow and steady wins the race!
公众微信服务号(英语全能特训)
英语全能特训(微信公众服务号)
UNSV英语学习频道淘宝网店
客服短信:18913948480
客服邮箱:web@unsv.com
初级VIP会员
全站英语学习资料下载。
¥98元/12个月

What Can One Person Do About Global Warming?

作者:Dan Friedell 发布日期:8-19-2021

Last week, the United Nations released a report that warned global warming will get worse in the coming years even if humans immediately stopped producing carbon gas. The UN chief described the report as a "code red for humanity."

The report served as a notice for governments and lawmakers around the world to act. But many people are asking what they can do as individuals to make a difference.

Some people might think making a change to their lives would not make much of a difference, said Pim Nusselder. He is part of a Dutch group that asks people to make good choices every day when it comes to using energy, creating waste and buying things.

Nusselder said people might think their individual choices would be like a single drop of water on a boiling surface.

But, Nusselder explained, if 17 million people do 10 good things, it would be like 170 million drops of water on the hot surface.

"That's how you extinguish wildfires," Nusselder said.

The European Union issued a report this year that showed more people than ever are making choices to fight climate change. They are careful about the food they eat and how they get around, the report said.

Nusselder said he understands people may feel "a sense of hopelessness." But he said the problem becomes bigger, the longer people wait.

Lukas Janssens is one person working to help keep the planet cooler. He is an urban shepherd in Belgium. A shepherd is someone who takes care of sheep. Janssens said he wants his sheep to be useful.

So, he takes his group of 270 sheep to a cemetery – a place where dead people are buried. The sheep eat grass so that workers at the cemetery do not have to use machines to cut it.

He knows that his business, called The Antwerp City Shepherd, will not prevent global warming.

"But it is another step to build a more ecological society," Janssens said.

After the U.N. report, the question remains: Will world leaders choose to protect the environment when they meet in Scotland in November?

Nations are gathering to make decisions designed to keep warming from going more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above readings taken in the late 1800s. Right now, the temperature has increased 1.1 degrees.

No matter what the world leaders do, there are a lot of ways individual people can make choices to protect the environment. People can change what they eat or travel without getting on an airplane, for example.

Benjamin Clarysse is a bio-engineer who works with a number of environmental groups in northern Belgium. He knows not everyone can become an urban shepherd. But he is happy there are "a variety of initiatives" that people can take.

However, he warns, political leaders still need to promise changes. They cannot just depend on citizens doing their part.

"They cannot just say that everyone should just do a little bit of the work," Clarysse said. "Depending on just the goodwill of people won't get you there."

I'm Dan Friedell.

Raf Casert wrote this story for the Associated Press. Dan Friedell adapted it for Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.

Words in This Story

code red –n. idiom used for an emergency situation

extinguish –v. to cause (something) to stop burning

ecological –adj. a way to describe the relationships between a group of living things and their environment

variety –n. a number or collection of different things

initiative –n. a plan or program that is intended to solve a problem

版权所有©2003-2019 南京通享科技有限公司,保留所有权利。未经书面许可,严禁转载本站内容,违者追究法律责任。 互联网经营ICP证:苏B2-20120186
网站备案:苏公网安备 32010202011039号苏ICP备05000269号-1中国工业和信息化部网站备案查询
广播台