Our Earth – as polluted as it has become!
23 December, 2010
Our Earth – as polluted as it has become!

‘The most important things for human beings are clean air and clean water and the trees and grass that produce them. Everything is being dirtied and polluted forever. Dirty air and dirty water are dirtying the hearts of men’ – Akira Kurosawa.
Millions of years before animals lived on the land there were trees on the earth and fish in the oceans. The animals walked the earth ‘paw-in-hand’ with human beings. In a word, they lived in harm

ony. Humans were on the way of the future evolutionary development. They came to understanding that everything around them could be utilized. So, we started taking advantage of land, water, air and fire. Time has lapsed and effects of our behavior are clearly evident today: eroded soil and polluted oceans, extinct species and killed forests. Some of those pernicious human acts were reflected in the literature. Take for example ‘Moby-Dick’ by Herman Melville - struggle between man and nature.
Those who were notably distraught by the situation have tried to elicit this problem by embarking on numerous campaigns of various characters. To my utmost consternation, humans are perverse enough to eschew real facts illustrating the polluted earth. Why? In ancient times people idolized the power of nature and treated it as something alive. Today we no more take into serious account that factor. The relation towards environment has changed. Scientists have revealed 7 environmental problems that are worse than people have ever thought. The list begins with the problem of mammal extinction, which cannot be tolerated, but has paucity of attention as many people fail to realize how interconnected all species on the planet really are and how they effect each other. Next problem is quite horrifying ocean dead zones, which are devoid of life. That is mainly because of excess of nitrogen from farm fertilizers, emissions from vehicles and factories, and sewage. Their quantity has been growing since the 1960’s, doubling each year. The list is compounded by Collapsing Fish Stock and destructed rain forests.  In spite of a powerful campaign against deforestation, it seems that this problem is still stamped as a poignant issue.  Polar ice loss is perhaps the most dramatic and alarming visual evidence of the global warming.  CO2 levels in atmosphere could increase temperature by as much as 12 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century if emissions continue to rise, a figure that would easily make the world virtually uninhabitable for humans.  We’d better shift to using alternative and renewable energy.  US government is planning to install sun batteries on the white house.  And finally, the Population Explosion, no matter we like to admit it or not, our very own rapidly multiplying presence on this planet is the biggest environmental problem.  We voraciously consume all the resources the nature has provided us with and we are returning nothing instead.   Greenpeace: ‘It took nearly all of human history – from the first days of man on earth until the early 1800’s – to reach a global population of 1 billion. In just 200 years, we’ve managed to reach 6.5 billion. That means the population has grown more since 1950 than in the previous four million years. We’re adding roughly 74 million people to the planet every year, a scary figure that will probably continue to increase’.

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