On December 18, the temperature here was 45 degrees. The polar ice cap has shrunk by 90%. We watch polar bears on TV searching for food and having to swim long distances rather than walk on the ice to their destinations. Here in Central Minnesota, with little or no insulating snow, the cover crops and roots of some trees are freezing out. Canada geese are confused about when to fly south. Global warming is a long-term rise in the average temperature of the Earth’s climate system. The overall temperature on the earth has risen more than degree. The main driver of today’s warming is the use of fossil fuels that heat up the earth by trapping radiation from the sun beneath the atmosphere. If not reversed, it will cause drastic results to our food sources and weather, making life on earth questionable. Pope Francis calls the earth our shared home that requires our care. How can we personally help to decrease global warming?
By Josue Behnen, OSB