By: Makenna Percy
Humans are slowly making changes to prevent global warming. But is it enough?
NASA has found that the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is at 400.95 ppm and the sea level is rising 3.24mm per year. The global temperature has risen 1.4℉ since 1880 and the ice caps are melting at a rate of 287.0 billion metric tons per year. We need to slow down global warming at the very least, but it would be in our best interest to stop it all together.
People seem to have given up on trying to save our planet. Instead, government agencies such as NASA are looking for a new home on Mars. NASA has spent nearly $2.5 billion to send a rover to mars in 2011. They believe that life was once on Mars because it is possible there was water at one point.
However, what do we plan on doing with this information? Even if there is a possibility of life on mars, that was in the past. This planet is currently a dry and hot planet full of dust. We should be working on trying to revive our own planet, first, before Mars.
NASA plans on sending a human to Mars by the year 2030. We don’t have the time or money for that. We have a drought in California and possibly an El Nino this year, in which is causing a lot of problems. The Maldives are sinking and the ice caps are melting. The Pacific Ocean is one huge dumpster. It might even be more helpful if we sent all the that trash to Mars. It is true the human population is growing tremendously, but if we take care of the earth better then we wouldn’t need another planet.
Although, some individuals are putting in the effort to make change happen here. Billionaire Manoj Bhargava has taken it upon his own hands to make the world a better place. Manoj is the founder of the successful brand 5 Hour Energy. The business mogul’s net worth is $4 billion, and 99% of that money is used to bring engineers from around the world together to create inventions that will help both our environment and those living in poverty.
He believes as a human being it is his duty to help with what he can. “There's an old story from Indian scriptures about a blind man heading toward the well,” said Manoj Bhargava. “There's a guy who’s watching. If the blind man falls into the well, who gets the blame? Is it the blind man? Or is it the guy who’s watching?”
California is right next to the ocean, but that water isn’t usable unless we put it through machines to desalinate the water. These exist, but only for drinking water. Manoj has funded an invention that desalinates water called The Rainmaker. “It basically mimics nature,” said Manoj Bhargava. “It heats water. You have water vapor and then you take that moisture into a different compartment and then you distill it. The steam or vapor turns into water.” The Rainmaker can pump a thousand gallons an hour and this water is clean enough to be used for agriculture as well as drinking water. They plan on putting a lot of these on a barge that can pump 15-20 million gallons a day.
Energy is heat and to get heat we burn coal, natural gas, gasoline, and other fossil fuels. This adds carbon to the atmosphere in which is heating up the earth. However, research has found other sources of energy can be found deep within the core of the earth. We could be using this unlimited and pollution free energy. The problem is how we can access this energy? Using Bhargava’s money, engineers have discovered graphene. A layer taken off of graphite that is 100 times a better conductor than copper, lighter than air, and stronger than steel. If the engineers made a thick cable and drilled it in more than 3 miles down we could gain a whole lot of energy. To find out more on what Manoj Bhargava is doing watch this video: http://billionsinchange.com/film.
Don’t give up on our home! If Engineers are working hard to make the world a better place then so should we. As future leaders and engineers of America we need to consider global warming as an issue that needs to be solved. Learning today, leading tomorrow, we can make the world a better place.
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