It must be with agonising frustration that agencies and people involved in efforts to save planet Earth have to deal with governments who couldn’t care less about the well-being of mankind. Faced with such unbelievable irresponsibility on the part of the responsible makes one wish that ultimately, they above all will suffer from their stupidity.
It all began in 1972 in Stockholm, when the international community met to consider global environment issues. Since then, numerous problems have been addressed and solutions adopted, one of which is the recycling of household garbage. In 1997, a document was signed by 180 countries in Kyoto, committed to cut greenhouse gases.
Greenhouse gases is produced from burning fuels, mostly from industrial use. Scientists theorise that greenhouse gases will cause a significant warming of the earth, which may lead to potentially disastrous changes in the environment. Called the greenhouse effect, solar radiation enters the atmosphere but the outgoing radiation is blocked by pollution.
The United States, the world’s largest polluter (accounting for 25% of the Earth’s greenhouse gas emissions), is not a signatory of the Kyoto Protocol. The reason given was that adopting the Protocol will harm America’s economy and its economic interests.
The damage to the ozone layer continues. Meanwhile, the international community, independent of the United States, remains committed to the viability of life on Earth for future generations.