It is best said that the health of humans, like all living organisms, is dependent on an ecosystem that sustains life. In a small way, each of us sometimes contributes to the health of our surroundings, some don’t, but if we are, are we doing enough? Defining health is sometimes an enigma but plant life, animal life, water, air, etc, depend upon environmental conditions and this constitutes the degree of healthiness in all living things. It is a no-brainer; we need a healthy environment for man and beast to survive.
Earth’s oxygen is produced in two ways. First, through photosynthesis in green plants, and 50% of the O2 comes from the Amazon forest (not conclusive). Secondly, the ocean, through phytoplankton, microscopic single-celled algae, produces the other half of the air that we breathe (again, there is no conclusive scientific evidence to back this up). Regardless whether or not we have substantiated scientific evidence, that is to say, which of the two produces the most oxygen, with these two important ecosystems; we must endeavor not to contribute harmful stuff that tends to damage our important resources. Our life, and our future generations
Like it or not, forest populated areas (except designated hybrid forest areas producing lumber) need to be off limits to the human population for the sake of survival.
Another very real possibility is that the addition of billions of people, there is a good chance that people cannot survive if, one, our oceans are decimated of certain fishes, thus the domino effect of breaking the food chain, and two, the steady decline of marine phytoplankton.
It is interesting to note that in 2010, there was a study made and it was reported that marine phytoplankton have declined substantially over the past century, estimated to be about 40%. Some scientist and noted activist are claiming that this is largely due to global warming. So far, the study has not been substantiated.
The earth has undergone climate change for millions of years and it is no different now. Long before America was born, the Mississippi river, et al, had massive floods. There were millions of acres burned in the West, and throughout the ages, drought has occurred many, many times in the Central plains. Hurricanes, tornados, blizzards, and other Mother Nature events had taken place, some worse than what was recorded in the last century, and yet the land survived.
What has changed is that we are not prepared for these seemingly catastrophic events. When our population increases we need to be better informed and educated on how to survive in the event of a Cat5, or a F5, or whatever comes our way, and thus make preparation ahead of time. These events are never going to go away, and they are here to stay, and that’s Mother Nature at work.
The bottom line here is that nation leaders need to set aside their differences and pay heed to the warning that the world must take responsibility and accountability for the sake of humankind. We need not become ecosystem activist fanatics. Indeed, we need to become educators, educating the ignorant, for these people are not stupid, they just don’t understand the need for preservation.
For centuries, humankind has hunted non stop without realizing that sooner or later we are going to run out of…whatever. To these folks, for what ever reason, they don’t understand the meaning of moderation. For example, there are countries that have fished whales for hundreds of years and refuse to stop, regardless how loud everyone is screaming that these non aggressive mammals face near extinction. Do these countries need to stop? Do they need to be forced to stop? The answer is not by force, but by education and perseverance to get them to understand that they need to take a deep breath and hope and pray that it is not too late.
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