Half of the Earth Could Still Be Saved Before It’s Too Late
Human expansion had enveloped even the remotest parts of the Earth. Permafrost Arctic, dry deserts, oceans, and tundra – humans are everywhere and negative environmental impact comes with them inseparably. Paved roads, fields, pastures, mines, cities, and feelings come with humans, devastating nature, depleting the soil, and poisoning the land.
Humanity’s impact on nature
Although our technological progress did not mean to harm nature so bad, humanity’s negative impact is apparent in anything it does. From house building, road paving to land cultivation and cattle breeding.
The moral side of this problem is vague. From one side, people consume natural resources to provide themselves with food and a roof over their heads. Animals do the same. They eat grass, drink water, and kill other animals to get food. But they will never take more than they need to survive while humanity spends enormous amounts of natural resources in vain, irresponsibly consuming uncountable numbers of produced goods and food products most of which will be wasted.
Despite the enormous scale of humanity’s demands, more than half of the Earth’s land remains untouched or barely affected by human activity. This pristine half consists mostly of deserts, permafrost areas, and wild tundra but is extremely rich in biodiversity and natural resources. Many endemic species and unique wildlands could be saved from the disastrous anthropogenic activity if radical measures will be taken urgently.
Scientists from Global Change Biology have found that more than half of the Earth’s surface could be conserved and preserved
It is hard to imagine because the human population grows rapidly. Humans expand their activity further and further. New cities are built, more and more land is being cultivated and depleted by continuous cropping and cattle pasturing.
There’s a sophisticated and dense web of roads and railroads between all cities that deplete land from nature. Cars pollute the environment with harmful emissions and side products of their exploitation such as rubber dust, motor oil spillage, and others.
Railroads only contribute to such a harmful effect. Trains generate loud noises that damage wild animals, especially small ones such as hamsters, moles and shrews. These animals are considered pests but they’re unique and are a part of the global ecosystem.
There’s not much left from this ecosystem because human expansion is a great equalizer. Cities and villages take a lot of places, roads and railways contaminate the environment with loud noises and chemical emissions and all the remaining space is being occupied by fields and pastures. Fields affect the land the worst because of continuous cropping, decade by decade, depletes the land very much. Also, pesticides that are frequently used by farmers, pollute land and water, killing all living creatures in range.
Animal pastures – another problem
Cattle need a lot of place for pasturing and living. Animal farms occupy a lot of places. Unfortunately, there’s no example of an eco-friendly industrial animal farm. Waste products of animals are stored and utilized incorrectly, polluting land and waters.
It is not too late to save the planet because global and radical measures can turn even a no-win situation to the best. If we can’t protect the Earth, no one can. Humanity is responsible for everything it has done and will do in the future. Climate Change and Global Warming are only a part of the problem and now it is unclear how much time we have before it will be too late to turn the situation to the best. Human expansion continues and global conservation of wildlands is the only chance to save pristine and untouched lands from destructive anthropogenic activity.
Human expansion continues and global conservation of wildlands is the only chance to save pristine and untouched lands from destructive anthropogenic activity. It is not too late to save the planet because global and radical measures can turn even a no-win situation to the best. If we can’t protect the Earth, no one can. Humanity is responsible for everything it has done and will do in the future and now it is unclear how much time we have before it will be too late to turn the situation to the best.
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