In types of pollution, air and water being
In regards to the current condition of the environment, it shouldn’t be as much about what the world can do to help the people but, rather, what the people can do to help the world. The daily actions of humans are not only hurting the environment, they are hurting the lives of every single person. According to NASA, the increasing temperature of the Earth is highly likely to be caused by human activity, more specifically, the “greenhouse effect” which is caused by radiation being trapped in the atmosphere which warms the surface of the Earth. On average, the temperature of the planet has risen by roughly 2?. The oceans have also been affected by the increasing temperatures. NASA states, “The oceans have absorbed much of this increased heat, with the top 700 meters of ocean showing warming of 0.302 degrees Fahrenheit since 1969.” The oceans absorb heat from the atmosphere and although .302 degrees doesn’t sound like a lot, it impacts the ocean largely. Creatures that are on the bottom of the food chain, like krill and algae, like to breed in very cold areas. According to climatekids.nasa, since the temperatures have risen, the krill population has decreased by 80%, which means that the creatures who eat krill are being forced to search for other food sources. Not to mention, many seals are dying off because of the ice melting. This affects the polar bears largely because they do not have a solid food source. If this trend continues, PETA Prime states that, “Scientists have projected that two-thirds of the world’s polar bear population will have vanished by 2050, with the species nearing extinction by 2100.” The environment endures many different types of pollution, air and water being the most prevalent. Air pollution is mostly caused by burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gasoline. Air pollution is, in a way, quite ironic. Humans burn fossil fuels to create goods and services for other humans while the pollution that is emitted is responsible for 2.4 million deaths, according to NCBI.com. Also, humans are the direct cause of water pollution. Water becomes polluted when sewage is not properly treated, oil is spilled into water, humans don’t dispose of their trash properly and when it’s exposed to many man made chemicals, to name a few. According to the Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, “(Water pollution) results from actions of humans carried on to better self.” Many humans do not understand how their actions affect their environment. Every single piece of trash that is not properly disposed of could add to the 14 billion pounds of trash (www.seastewards.org) that’s already in the ocean. Overall, if we, as a community, don’t change how we treat the world, biodiversity will become less varied. Biodiversity is important for the basic necessities of life. Without a variety of plants and animals, humans risk being more prone to diseases. Studies have found lower human rates of Lyme disease, malaria, and acute respiratory disease in areas that are protected, according to Mother Nature Network. Adding on, without the biodiversity of countless bacteria and fungi, medicine will not be able to advance. For example, around 70% of plants that have cancer-fighting properties are only found in rainforests. Also, medicines like Novocaine and Cortisone are found in Central and Southern Africa. Novocaine is a very common anesthetic and Cortisone is an ingredient used in birth control pills. If the species that create these medicines become extinct, it will become increasingly difficult to treat many ailments. Not only does biodiversity help us now, it helps others in the future. Eliminating the resources that can be used to save lives is selfish for humans to do. It is completely obtuse that a community given such a beautiful home is destroying it before their very eyes. Instead of stripping this planet of it’s raw beauty, we must find a home in all that it is and build ourselves up from there. Mending the wounds of the world would be very simple if everyone did their part. It is very important to remember that we aren’t just harming the environment, we are harming ourselves in the process.