1 If we destroy our environment we destroy a legacy for future
2 Pollution is created by emissions of gases from cars, power
stations and factories that burn fuels like coal, oil and gas.
2.1 These gases cover the earth like a blanket. This traps
the sun's heat, like the glass in a greenhouse.
2.2 Many people agree that this greenhouse
effect causes global warming or climate
2.2.1 This means sea levels rise as the icecaps of Earth's
highest mountains and the polar icecaps melt. Some
scientists debate whether or not this is caused by humans.
2.3 They are dangerous because the
chemical mix that is released into the
air can cause acid rain.
3 Oil spills: leaking of oil into the environment, usually the sea.
4 Scientists argue about the causes of climate
change. Some say we need to urge
governments to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions. However, others say there is no
evidence that humans were affecting climate
change. There is now a high level argument
that the average global temperatures have
been rising for at least a century. Greenhouse
gases are trapping more of the sun's energy,
so the warming of the planet is evident.
5 Global warming could result in severe weather leading
to droughts and floods. These in turn could cause the
destruction of food crops leading to famine. The
poorest people in the world, who already have fresh
water shortages and inadequate healthcare, will suffer
most from contaminated water and disease. Scientists
who disagree say that extreme weather, for example,
hurricanes in the Atlantic, are not definitely linked to
6 Christians believe climate change is important because of the
harm it can do to people, animals and the delicately balanced
system of the Earth. Many would see the exploitation and abuse
of the Earth's resources as a sign of sinfulness and greed.
Christians would apply the principles of: