This is the only world we have. As a culture, we have proven that we can learn from our mistakes. And, we have made many mistakes over the years concerning how we have taken care of the world that we live in. Now, we are beginning to see some of the ramifications of our past negligence. If we don’t make drastic improvements to the way that we are taking care of our environment by significantly reducing each of our carbon footprints, there won’t be a world left for our future generations.
1. Changing Weather
This is one effect of our carelessness that we are experiencing currently. Weather patterns are changing all over the world. The emissions that have been polluting our atmosphere all over the globe are now changing the weather. We are seeing more serious storms as a result of all of the greenhouse gas that we have emitted into the atmosphere. These same emissions are causing the average temperature to rise around the world. If these weather changes keep happening, our planet will not be able to sustain life as we now know it.
2. Water and Air Pollution
In some parts of the world, we are running out of clean, drinkable water. This isn’t only happening in underdeveloped countries. We are starting to see modern cities where safe drinking water isn’t available. Most of our drinking water is supplied from underground resources. As we have continued to pollute our atmosphere, the toxins have absorbed into our trees and soil contaminating the ground water.
These same pollutants are also in the air that we breathe. There are actually places in our world where the air quality is so bad that people are advised to wear masks when they’re outside to avoid inhaling the harmful pollutants.
3. Eco-system At Risk
Our world is a delicate balance of life referred to as biodiversity. The sun feeds our plants and maintains our temperature. The plants produce the oxygen we need to breathe and we supply carbon dioxide that our plants need to survive. Plants are also a source of nourishment. Our carelessness is disrupting this balance. We are now seeing the effects of all of the pollutants that we have released into our atmosphere. Our climate is changing our natural habitats causing some species of life to become endangered. And, as our ever-increasing population continues to remove trees and displace wildlife to make room for new construction, we are drastically altering the balance of the eco-system. If we don’t find ways to stop destroying our environment for our expansion, there won’t be enough vegetation left to support life.
Landfills take up a huge amount of space and it can take decades to fully decompose garbage. Our recycling and composting efforts are starting to make a difference by reducing the amount of trash that ends up in landfills. Unfortunately, there are still too many people who don’t take it seriously. We get so many benefits out of recycling. Not only are we reducing what goes to the landfill, we are also reducing the amount of products that need to be manufactured since they are being recycled. Plastic and cardboard manufacturing processes release toxic emissions into our atmosphere. Again, we’re back to everyone doing everything that they can to reduce their individual carbon footprint.
5. Health At Risk
We probably don’t even know all of the ramifications of our carelessness in the past when it came to preserving our natural resources. The fact that we’ve been pumping greenhouse gasses and toxic emissions into our atmosphere for so many years, and then breathing in all of that polluted air, should make us worry about our health. Add to that what we have done to our water supply, and it’s no wonder we are seeing so many new cancers and diseases plaguing our population. For the sake of our current health and the well-being of our future generations, we must continue to find new and better ways to take care of our world so it can take care of us.