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Can you paint with all the colours of the wind? Every day we consume energy and fail to recognize how we should do it in a more environmentally friendly way. Little do people know the story behind energy and how it is connected to the quality of our liv

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Can We Paint With All the Colours of the Wind? Some may think that we own the earth and we can do whatever we want to it. Most of the time, we are more concerned about making our lives more comfortable even though we are already living in a modern city like Hong Kong. Every day we consume energy and fail to recognize how we should do it in a more environmentally friendly way. Little do people know the story behind energy and how it is connected to the quality of our lives and our planet. Where does energy come from? It comes from burning fossil fuels. From heating our homes, to fuelling our cars, and to manufacturing our MP3 players, energy is produced and consumed naturally. Fossil fuels are either burned directly or burned in power stations to drive turbines which generate electricity. Every time we burn fossil fuels such as natural gas or oil, carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. ...read more.


Also, an increase in temperature during Hong Kong's summer climate would further facilitate mosquito breeding, and a Hong Kong Polytechnic analysis indicates that a 3� rise in mean temperature would increase the 'epidemic potential' of malaria by nearly 20%. The rising level of urban heat would also lead to an increase in heat-related deaths, particularly among the elderly and the outdoor workers. Climate change may also put a devastating strain on society as a whole as reduced resources immeasurably threaten the livelihoods of individuals and businesses. Not only should we be well informed of the patterns of environmental changes, we should also take action to save the world. Firstly, we should participate in reducing our carbon footprint, which refers to the total carbon which we as individuals are responsible for. By adopting a low-carbon lifestyle, individuals can monitor and thereby substantially reduce their carbon footprint. For example we can biodegradable cleaning products at home. ...read more.


In fact, a round-trip from Hong Kong to London produces 5.7 tones of carbon dioxide per passenger. Of course, it would be better if the use of air travel could be minimized as much as possible. Finally, it is never enough to save the environment only through individual efforts. On an international scale, nations should try alternative ways of generating energy, through the use of renewable sources like wind and tidal wave; thus, it could greatly reduce greenhouse gases. Also, a concrete protocol should be signed and followed as seen in the United Nations Climate Change Conference. We should be motivated not only for our own self-interest and self-development but to also preserve the earth for the next generation. The words from the beautiful song "Colours of the Wind" best describes the value we should hold in regards to our planet: you can own the Earth and still all you'll own is earth until you can paint with all the colours of the wind. THE END ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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