You probably like being outside and you’ll know it’s important that we protect our environment and the world around us, so that it can be enjoyed by children of the future (that’s your children, your children’s children, your children’s children’s children… and the list goes on – phew!) We call this being green.
Have you heard of global warming?
It occurs when an invisible gas such as carbon dioxide (created by burning things such as coal, oil and gas) collects in the atmosphere, creating an extra thick layer of invisible gas, which stops heat from the earth from floating off into space. Instead, it reflects the heat back down to earth which is why our planet is getting hotter!
You might think, “Hooray! I like it when it’s hot.” But the earth wouldn’t be a very nice place to live if it got hotter, because the ice in the coldest places like the Antarctic would start to melt and the sea would start to rise, causing floods and storms.
We can stop this layer of gas from getting any thicker by creating less carbon dioxide.
Unlike fossil fuels, nuclear energy doesn’t produce any carbon dioxide.
Now that’s being green!