If one day, your dear grandson ask you why he couldn't find the scenic tropical island, Maldives in world atlas, what are you going to answer him? Last few months, Australian environmentalist warned that the global warming which caused by mass emission of greenhouse gases have been rapidly increasing the sea level around the world. Therefore, currently the pacific ocean's Tuvalu and Kiribati along with Hindi ocean's Maldives are facing a very difficult situation and getting more vulnerable to global climate change, in the near future, three of them will be swallowed by tides and completely disappear under rising seas. Oh my god...
These picturesque islands are sinking!!! From the top: Kiribati, Tuvalu and Maldives.
Ladies and gentlemen, if we (Malaysian people) still think that we have no any connection with this coming catastrophe, then you are completely wrong! A report named Overall Result of the Climate Change Performance Index 2007 released by a environmentalist group called German Watch stated that Sweden, UK, Denmark are the countries which effectively preventing the greenhouse effect, however, my beloved country -- Malaysia, have shown her spirit of 'malaysia boleh' again make our nation ranked the second place counted from bottom, so every nation of malaysia are the chief culprit behind the global warming and rising sea. It can be seen that our nation's environment awareness are very very weak.
Currently, our nation generally still maintaining this kind of thinking, i.e. 'none of my business, other people will do it' thinking, in addition with lacking of public conscience, causing lots of littering, open burning, emit smoke improperly occurred across the nation, making the air, water severely contaminated. Besides that, as the future pillar of the nation, most of the undergraduate and youth are indifferent toward environmental problem which getting more serious, and ignorance of the importance of recycling. For example, great number of used paper have being 'destroyed' after final exam instead of recycling, they have no knowledge of producing a ton of paper needs 24 big trees. Moreover, after came back from shopping, lots of plastic bags are thrown, they don't know plastic bags need 100 years to be bio-degraded. The fact can't be denied, under current backdrop of utilitarianism 功利主义, the phenomenon of young people pursuing status, wealth, branded products and regardless of environmental deteriorating problems can be easily understood.
Other than that, the overconsumption of toilet papers and other home paper products is seriously threatening the world forest. This is not exaggeration, this is the truth. WWF stated than more than 270 thousand of trees flush away from toilet bowl. Therefore, human material life is getting luxurious but the price is the mother Earth is getting devastated. Frankly, this is not worth at all.
The main causes of global warming is the inclining of density of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and this make the globe surface become hotter and hotter. Greenhouse gases include water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and ozone. According to UN statistic, 100 years later, the temperature of Earth will increase 1.4 to 5.8 degree Celsius, this seems like insignificant changes, but will bring enormous negative effect to humanity and even entire Earth ecosystem. The effects, besides melt the glacier of both poles, the most horrible is average sea level will rise more 6 meter, at that moment, Hollywood science-fiction film "the day after tomorrow" will become realistic, giant tides will swallow most of islands and coastal cities. If those catastrophes unfortunately happen, there are no sorry for human, because this is human deserve.
Will it come?
We are not last generation of mankind, for the sake of our next generation, for sake of could tell our grandson what's Maldives is, government, society, every member of this planet have to join forces to protect our dearest mother nature from being destroy. Don't underestimate the power of individual, because our little changes will change the colour of our mountain, our river and our Earth. But, Green or Black? All depends on your single mind...