Adam SudiEnglish 112
Harming Mother Earth
We, human beings, all live together on the same beloved mother earth and it is our duty to make sure our planet is safe and well rounded. However, there are greedy human beings on this planet that care about wealth so much that they disregard taking care of our environment. Human beings hurt our environment whether it is intentional or not. It is very disappointing that this is true because we must keep our planet healthy and safe.
Human activities contribute to climate change by causing changes in Earth’s atmosphere in the amounts of greenhouse gases, aerosols (small particles), and cloudiness. The largest known contribution comes from the burning of fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide gas to the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases and aerosols affect climate by altering incoming solar radiation and out-going infrared radiation that are part of Earth’s energy balance. Changing the atmosphere or properties of these gases and particles can lead to a warming or cooling of the climate system. Since the start of the industrial era, the overall effect of human activities on climate has been a warming influence. The human impact on climate during this era greatly exceeds that due to known changes in natural processes. For example, solar changes and volcanic eruptions are part of the known changes in natural processes. In the short story, called “Eco-Defense”, it discusses about how corporate executives in the world who wanted to destroy the wilderness. Edward Abbey writes, “The American Wilderness, what little remains, is now undergoing exactly such an assault. With bulldozer, , earthmover, chainsaw, and dynamite the international timber, mining, and beef industries are invading our public lands bashing their way into our forests, mountains, and rangelands and looting them for everything they can get away with” (348). This is a perfect representation of how humanity hurts our environment and this was clearly intentional.
This all began during the Industrial Revolution because of how humanity started building more and more factories in order to lead to a more successful business. As factories were increasing, air pollution was drastically increasing as well. Pollution, in today’s era, is everywhere on this planet. It can be from the garbage littered on the streets, to the tons of pollution pumped into the air every single year. The pollution, in society today, has been so bad that about 2.4 billion people do not have access to clean water. Humanity is continuously polluting indispensible resources like soil, air, and water. Those three things require at least millions of years to even replenish and that is a very long time. Air is arguably one of the most polluted things in the United States by producing 147 million metric tons of air pollution every single year. The effect of aerosols were discovered soon discovered after some people in certain areas had their eyes burned due to the smog in the air. The smog had also left an odor of bleach in the air. While air quality in the United States has slightly improved, the air quality in other countries continue to get worse as smog continuously blocks out the sun in a dense shroud of pollution.