Have you ever wondered, that maybe the world we live in will not be there tomorrow? Have you ever wondered; maybe this wasnt meant to be? That we just werent good enough? No have you ever wondered, is beautiful nature going to be there in the end? Or, do you already know the answer? As a young adult, I am concerned about my future. I know that the answer is no. The world is going to be a much different place. Did you ever dream about electric cars? The ones that were silent, and used no gasoline or engine? But, as a child, you knew that it was just a silly dream that this would never happen. Electric cars? Theyre here. They were here from the very beginning. The question is, are we willing to give them another chances? There is no reason to stop its resurrection. It was here before, twice, and was killed both times. Electric cars would keep the air cleaner, perhaps give our future a fighting chance, and we would greatly reduce our addiction to fossil fuels. There is hardly any reason against bringing back the electric car.
Imagine this. Imagine the future. You wake up to another day, as you always had in the past twenty years. You feel the familiar scorching heat, and your lips are parched. As you stand up, you walk slowly to the window and peer out. Desert. Heat. Nothing. You could see exhausted people coming out of their houses, but there is not a sound not even a faint whistling of wind. It was not as if you expected to see anything different, it was always like this. Of course, maybe you still didnt believe it that the people before you were so careless; that the people before you led the planet to its destruction. Maybe you thought it was all a dream, that one of these days you would wake up and this whole disaster would be nothing more than a terrible nightmare. But no, you knew this was the end. The doctor said that you only had a few more months to live. You had not had very much water in the last few days, for your monthly ration was dwindling. Food? You had not had more than a plate of food in the last month. Usually you had a bag of chips, or a piece of gum to sustain your hunger for the day. The temperature each morning was at least 95 degrees [even in the winter] and noon was 120 degrees. Sometimes it reached 135 degrees in the summers and springs. Many people died in the heat waves. It was not worth living like this. You sigh in relief when you realize you wouldnt be alive much longer. But, you had a child; a young five year old. Lately she was coughing, and was lying in bed with a fever. You could tell by her visible ribs and her parched lips that she was malnourished. When you died, you would leave her to suffer. Was that fair to her? Again you cursed about those careless people who had the chance to save the planet. They had the chance, but instead they cared only about money. You lay back down, wishing that you had been living when you could have made a difference.
This could happen. It will happen. We are the only people that can stop this from happening. Us. Now. There is a very small window of time we have, merely a couple of years, to stop this from happening. Do you care? You should. We are the only species alive that are capable to destroy the planet, and were sure doing a wonderful job. Heres reality: We must reduce CO2 emissions by 80% before 2010 or its too late. Lester Brown. If we fail to do this in time, it wont matter. The earth will keep warming to no end. Take a step back. Put money and earth on a scale. Which one weighs more? Which one is more important? By the way we are acting; money seems to be more important. The little group who thinks that the earth is more important is criticized by the media and government. But why? Why do people not care about this planet? If the earth was a couple more miles closer or farther from the sun, we would not be here today. Life could not survive if the earth was in a slightly different place. To destroy such a special place would show that we are not responsible enough to be alive. What would happen if the earth was the only planet in the universe that had life? And we destroyed it? Thats quite disappointing.
The earth is in a car, and that car is going 70 miles per hour towards a cliff. We have to put the brakes on now, or we wont come to a stop in time. If we put the brakes on too late, then the car would start to stop, but would not halt completely. We could try, but if we fail to put on the breaks in time, we will fall off the cliff whether we like it or not.
We need to push on that break now. How could we do that? One thing we could do is that we could bring back electric cars. In the twenty-first century, the electric car came back this time it was much more advanced. General Motors, its manufacturer and creator, showed unexpected cannibalism to the product. They didnt advertise it, and claimed no one wanted the car. But, most of the population didnt know about the car. Imagine the millions of people that would want and benefit from electric cars? It would keep the air cleaner, perhaps give our future a fighting chance, and we would greatly reduce our addiction to fossil fuels. There is hardly any reason against bringing back the electric car.
We have a serious problem with the quality of our air, particularly in California. The smog is clearly visible in many cities. Gasoline burning cars release the fume that contributes to this sickening gray cloud. Many children are forbidden to play outside. This leads to another thing obesity. With the children unable to exercise, many become overweight. Everything is connected in one way or another. Other people are victim to respiratory diseases. Studies have shone that the average of people with asthma has jumped 2.1 million since 1980. The overall death rate from chronic respiratory diseases has jumped more than 50% since 1990. Can you imagine how terrible the quality of our air is to make this average jump so greatly? Its quite disturbing, to think that the air you are breathing right this moment is so full of toxins and smog that it causes so many deaths. Electric cars do not produce any smog at all. They are 100% smog free. Wouldnt it feel good to drive around, knowing that you werent polluting the atmosphere?
Our future is in jeopardy. The warming earth is melting all our main sources of water glaciers. With the water supply dwindling, the crops will die because of the heat and water shortage. The species die because the delicate web of life is destroyed. Each problem has a chain reaction, causing a domino effect that ends up being a catastrophe. The revival of the electric car may not completely stop Global Warming, but it would greatly help reduce the CO2 emissions caused by the biggest contributor gasoline burning cars. It would really make a difference in our future. So far, that future isnt looking too bright. We have to change it, now.
Another thing I must mention is that we have a dangerous addiction to fossil fuel (oil). We have already passed our peak in oil production, and each day we produce less and less oil. Now, we have a war with Iraq for nothing but oil. As the supply dwindles, and oil becomes scarcer, more blood will be spilled over the fossil fuel. What happens when we run out? Suddenly, we would have no energy source. It took the planet billions and billions of years to create fossil fuels, and in a couple hundred years, from the time we started to use oil to today, we have used more than two thirds of it. It is estimated that by 2200, there will be no oil left. Electrics cars may not save us from a lethal oil shortage, but it will definitely slow it down. You may think that there is another equal energy source, but the truth is that there is not. Yes, many things may provide energy, but it takes more energy to make it and it produces. That means we would not be saving energy; we would be wasting it. The electric car brings hope, but we may need more than just hope.
I understand that you may think that electric cars will be unsuccessful, but look at the hybrid Prius. It is the most wanted car in America. People love the Toyota Prius because of its fuel efficiency. It costs just as much as your average car, but you save thousands of dollars on gasoline. If people had electric cars, they would only have to plug it in at night, and get in and drive in the morning. There would be no stopping at gas stations and going out of your way. Youre right, the electric car only suits 90% of the population! Who Killed the Electric Car, Movie. That 90% of the population would gladly buy the electric car. When they look at it, they only see how much does it cost? Whats the mileage? Wow, its electric? No gas? No extra money spent on expensive gasoline? Ill take it! They do not see that they are saving the environment, they just see that it is a reliable car that can save their money and do what they need it to do.
As a young adult, I want a world to wake up to in the morning. I want a planet that flourishes with life. I want a planet that will live on, a symbol of its importance and uniqueness. Take this all away, and we are no more than barbarians. I dont want our generation to be remembered as The people who could have made a difference the people who could have saved the planet.' This isnt about saving America, its about saving the world. This is reality.