BY EMILY LUSUNG
Most are aware that Earth’s environment is declining and suffers threatening conditions. Climate change contributes immensely to the world’s deathly situation. As the world’s environment undergoes deforestation, temperature change in oceans, air and water pollution, and, mass extinctions have occurred of biodiversity. However, the leading cause of these tragedies is human activity. The considerations to alternate and compromise human activity can be minor. Some might think in order to contribute to an improving environment would have to be done through strenuous changes. However, small changes in everyday life will cause change; like the straw law which essentially prohibits waiters from giving customers a straw. The simple change here would be to no request single use plastic straws which have polluted oceans and have caused extinctions in marine wildlife.
The ten warmest years have occurred since 2005. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) claimed that ninety-seven percent of active climate scientists agree that human activity has contributed to Earth’s climate warming. A certain explanation would be the greenhouse effect which is caused by excessive amounts of gases in the air which then gases trap heat from the sun to cause a gradual rise of temperature in Earth’s atmosphere. Human activity that involves greenhouse gases are the burning of fossil fuels which releases carbon dioxide, deforestation which when trees decompose they release carbon dioxide into the air, and generations of cars that are released into the air during everyday use which causes air pollution. The actions of people that occur within their everyday lives have consequences including the lost of lives due to climate change disasters. The devastation that humans experience with the environment are a matter of fact caused by their own species.
Harmful human activity with the addition of natural disasters like storms speed up the process of the environment’s decline. Some natural disasters are even cause by humans like droughts. Catastrophic events caused by humans can be ended by them. Irrational ways like panicking and causing chaos or controversy of the existence of climate change are only counterproductive. To accept the fact that the leading contribution of the world’s plunge of environment is human activity is the first step to begin the process of ending excessive use of harmful chemicals or everyday use of products that slowly kill the environment.
Earth reaches its possible sixth mass extinction as numbers of species rapidly decrease. Mass extinctions that have occured many years ago were due to asteroid collisions. The cause today are among human activity. Fulfilling that statement proves that humans have the improbable power to cause catastrophic events that severely threaten the world's environment. Many distress the ‘end of the world’ finding ways to improve the environment when the most rational way to approach the situation is to completely understand what the borderline root of the cause is, which is human activity.
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