We are now living in a world where carbon emissions and man made chemicals are adversely affecting everything in nature, and we’re seeing terrible effects like acid rain and global warming. If only we were able to exist without negatively affecting mankind’s home, the beautiful green planet, Earth. For city-dwellers it may look like a tantalising mirage to think of breathing cool, clean air into their lungs, with no harmful poisons or toxins. We’re already paying the price, though, for the toxins we keep producing; the environment and our physical well-being is being made vulnerable by the air’s toxicity.
Our enormous oceans, which make up most of the earth’s surface, are being poisoned by pollutants, mainly toxins and oil, which have a devastating consequence on the life found in the ocean and as a result of that it affects us. For plenty of people who earned a living from the sea by fishing they no longer have a job because of pollution. Fishing has provided for the food needs and the well-being of so many communities for so long, that it almost seems impossible that today we are observing its demise. An illustration of how we are destroying the ocean is with oil spills, a recent example of this is the Deepwater Horizon spill which left many people unemployed and cost billions of dollars to put right. A huge amount of wildlife died in that episode, not only fish but birds as well, affecting the whole eco system which can cause no end of problems in the food chain. All of this just to obtain oil, a shameful example of humans putting themselves before other creatures and the planet.
Vast amounts of money are spent on oil exploration when the money could be used investing in alternative green energy solutions or research into green energy. The possibility of providing large amounts of green energy is huge, without damaging the environment. One would think it’s a no-brainer, given the possibilities offered by green energy alternatives, along with their being passive towards the environment. As long as the sun shines, solar panels, by way of example, can heat water and supply electricity as well. Another green energy source is wind turbines, which will transform energy contained in wind to electricity. The great thing about wind turbines, assuming that there’s enough wind, is that they perform all day and all night. The quest for green energy alternatives is now increasingly important as we near the end of our oil reserves, not to mention the harm oil does to the environment. If we did that, global warming as well as the other ruinous consequences of pollution could perhaps be stopped, and just possibly reversed.
Numerous short term advantages will accrue to us, and we shall be giving future generations many benefits. Rather than being at the mercy of severe weather patterns and harsh living conditions, our children, and their children, could live healthily in a clean, beautiful, and bounteous environment. But unless of course we begin living green and nurturing our environment, this won’t happen.
It will be worth all the money, time and huge effort needed, if we can stop the constant march of the harm we are doing to our planet.