I hate getting in a conversation with someone about the state our environment is in. As soon as I open my mouth and start talking about how we need to clean our acts up, or how we should do something or we should all put in an effort somehow to help clean up and protect our planet, the first words out of someones mouth is "Shut up hippie" or "Why don't you go hug a tree?" It's all fun and games I guess to the masses that just want to name call and act like these aren't real issues. These are real, and when they start effecting you more, if you can pry yourself away from your iPhones and Droids for a few minutes, you'll realize just what has been screwed up....
The UN has even mentioned how we are hitting several irreversible tipping points where there will be no going back. We will be losing parts of the ecosystem that play major parts in the climate and the food chain. This earth is here for us to live on. We have become just as bad as the rats we kill off in major cities. We despise these rats because they are filthy and cause issues to us. Well guess what people, the earth is doing the same thing to us. We are filthy creatures, heartless creatures, thoughtless creatures and we don't care about what we do to this planet. Are we forgetting this is the only one we've got? We have no hope of moving on to another planet once we kill this one. What would we achieve if we did? We kill off one planet move to another just to kill it off like nothing happened? What is wrong with people?
Because of deforestation in the Amazon, we have affected climate, regional rainfall, plants and animal species. Fresh water lakes and rivers have become contaminated with algae which is cutting off oxygen to fish. Over fishing and more acid warming the waters in the ocean has started collapsing coral reefs. I'm not sure if people see this stuff happening around them and just don't care. Or if these people are just oblivious to the fact that this is not something we can take back. This isn't something that will just go away on it's own. It's not something that we don't need to worry about because "it won't happen in our life-time." Even if that's true, do you not give a shit about others then? That's what I'm lead to believe. Get off your high horses people, we are making a difference on this Earth and none of it seems to be for the good.
There are roughly six billion people on this earth, heading towards nine billion people by the year 2050. That's a huge increase in just 40 years. We are breeding like the rats we hate oh so much. We are just as disgusting or more so than these rats. I'm using rats as a reference because it's the only thing I can compare the majority of the human race to without sugar coating it. I like rats personally, but that's not the point here. We are despicable, and a disgrace to the human race. We started out simple minded humans using rocks as hammers, not knowing what a wheel is, and not knowing about fire. Over thousands of years we've advanced. Just in the last 100 years our technology has increased by insane proportions. You'd think with all the intelligence in this world to come up with a processor that fits inside a cell phone, we'd be able to recognize our own destruction of the only home we have.
You wouldn't come home from work every day and knock one new hole in your wall a day and sit back thinking that it will repair itself or that it doesn't matter. Same thing goes for this earth, you shouldn't be thinking that it doesn't matter or that it will fix itself. It may be able to fix itself, but with use destroying it at the rate we are destroying it there is no time for it to heal. Maybe we humans need to stop acting like nothing can hurt us and nothing can stop us and we are untouchable, when we simply are nothing but completely reliant on this earth and other things on this earth. Destroying it will not make our lives better. I really wish there was a way to get this message and this point across to the 6 billion people on this earth. I really wish that if this message did get to them that they would understand it and do something about it.
The governments not doing the best job either. You want us to go green, than help us out with this. Not everyone can afford to get rid of their gas guzzling v6 from the mid 90's because switching to a hybrid or even a more fuel efficient car is way out of the price range. You really want us to go green than you better help us out a bit here. You're always taking from us but you're never giving anything back. Government, if you want it you better help. People if you want to live, you better put in your efforts to. I'm not saying you have to go out and spend every second cleaning up, but a little here and there wont hurt you. It won't hurt me to do it either.
Almost a month has gone by since the "oil spill" in the Gulf. I put "oil spill" in quotes, because usually a spill you can just clean up with a bit of labor. This isn't a spill it's a leak!! We are nearing the 4 million gallons of oil leaking into the ocean and we still have no fix. The first attempt has failed. This next attempt had better be a damn good one!! What ever happened to emergency shut off valves usually placed on piping? Did they not ever think that they would need an emergency shut off? They never thought of something like this happening? Never had a back up plan for capping off a pipe leaking oil like this?
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The page that started this whole rant (on top of what I've already been thinking): http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100510/ts_afp/unenvironmentbiodiversityeconomy