Is your refrigerator running?
Then you better go make sure its on eco-friendly alternatives
Summary: My environmental issue of the week is about refrigerators, their emittance of greenhouse gases impacting the environment, and how individuals can stop or help lessen this impact. Through Obama's climate plan the Environmental protection agency (EPA) has approved five chemicals, or refrigerants, that have proved less polluting than the ones many people currently use. Therefore, it was suggested that refrigerator companies switch over to one of these alternate refrigerants; many companies are on board with the idea knowing how big of a threat chemicals being emitted, such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) can be to the environment. Not only are many companies on board with this, but Obama has also negotiated with other countries as well —more than a hundred—to lessen their HFCs, and they too are for the switch. With “HFCs currently representing a small fraction of the total greenhouse gas emissions, their global-warming-potential is very high, and their emissions could rise even up to 40% of annual carbon dioxide emissions by the middle of the century if society continues” (Steiner); this makes it no wonder why they would be on board. Although this may seem like a good thing to do from an environmental protection perspective, one may ask "will this affect the consumer?" The answer is no. It was stated that the consumer may not even notice the change, if they do at all. The best part is consumers don't necessarily have to wait for a new AC system to make theirs greener.It is as simple as, "If you notice your home or car AC isn't working as well as it used to, get it professionally serviced... a technician can fix any leaks and may be able to suggest a safe, cleaner refrigerant replacement" (Davis).
Ethical significance: I believe that this article is a great justice done for the environment. As the writer states, "I see this as an opportunity for consumers... a clear action." If many people catch onto this idea and switch over to cleaner and more eco-friendly refrigerators it could really help lessen the continuous impact we have on the environment that we do not even know about. I am sure most people hearing this presentation had no idea before that their refrigerators even had an impact on the environment. Now it is known not only the impact, but the solution to that threatening impact so one can immediately take action by getting their refrigerators serviced and updated to better alternatives. Overall, the discovery of the alternatives have the potential to be a great, widespread, and not to mention simple, justice done for the environment.
Question: Why are so many people on board/ willing to switch to cleaner refrigerators and not willing for other environmentally friendly alternatives such as the EV cars for example?
Koch, Wendy. "Why Your Fridge Pollutes and How It's Changing." National Geographic. National Geographic, 6 Mar. 2015. Web. 20 Mar. 2015.