At a time when one of the most influential countries on the planet is busy dismantling important environmental agencies and overturning environmental saving policies, it is now more important than ever to protect and conserve the environment.
Earth existed long before the evolution of modern humans and will continue to exist until our Sun becomes a Red Giant and expands towards Mars’s orbit and engulfs and decimates the Earth.
We as humans may not last that long, unless there is a change in people’s consumption and habits, are actually the people of Earth.
Other than the solar radiation that we receive from the sun, Earth is a closed system. Most of our natural resources are finite. Those that are technically renewable, such as fossil fuels, are being used at such an alarming rate that they can be considered finite.
Why does this matter?
Unless technology to spontaneously make objects is developed, such as the replicator that exists in Star Trek, we will need raw material. If we continue at our current rate of over-consumption, it has been suggested that we run the risk of running out of the resources needed to sustain the human population.
As humans, we are dependent on nature. It provides us with our basic needs: food, water, warmth, and shelter. The environment is also a source of recreation and regeneration for many people. The population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by the year 2050. It has also been predicted that there will not be enough food available to feed the world’s population. The majority of the population consume animal products. It takes more land to produce animal products as you need the room for the livestock and their feed. An increase in population would require more food, which would require more land to raise and feed the animals. Over time, this would lead to further soil degradation. There is also the issue of where the people would live. Ice caps are melting, the sea levels are rising, reducing the amount of available land.
It all comes down to the fact that we have to conserve and protect the environment for our future generations. The planet will continue to survive, with or without us. It is up to us to decide if we want to be self-centred and over consume today or live within our means, change our eating habits and conserve what we have been able to enjoy, and continue to make the world a better place for generations to come.