In order for people to survive, they have to utilize the sources made available to them. And the sources are easily accessible – nature. Over the years, the demand for man to survive and make their lives more convenient, it has made an impact on the environment. People should be aware of them because the environment has its way of balancing itself. If there is too much human activity, nature itself will find a way to balance itself. This is through the influx of warming, natural disasters, different weather patterns and much more. One of the undisputed fact that the planet is facing today is global warming. This is fact that everyone knows about, except only a few are trying to do something about it.
- Pollution – The pollution affecting the soil, water and air will take hundreds of centuries to recoup. Motor and industry vehicle’s output is its major pollutants. Plastic, nitrates and heavy metals are considered toxins to nature, thus creating more pollution. Oil spills are one of the causes of water pollution, but there are others that not everyone are fully aware of. These are urban runoff and acid rain. Air pollution is obviously caused by the fossil fuels’ combustion. Toxins and various gases also contribute to its pollution, too. And of course, pollution to the soil is caused by waste from the industry that deny the soil with its essential nutrients.
- Overpopulation – while the map may show you that the entire world is not occupied by humans, places that are concentrated with them has become overpopulated. This has made an impact to the planet that has also affected the population such as shortages on food, fuel and water. The explosion on population in less developed nations are making their resources go to unimaginably low levels. Agriculture that uses intensive practices in order to produce food has also made a blow to the environment. These are the uses of insecticides, pesticides and many other chemical fertilizers. Most developing countries’ and underdeveloped countries are facing overpopulation problems.
- Global warming – Everybody knows the planet is currently facing global warming. This resulted to climate change, coming from human activities such as the greenhouse gases’ emissions. This situation has led to the rise of temperatures of the surface and oceans. It has led to the melting of the polar ice caps, rising of the water levels and many other patterns of nature that humans deemed unnatural. Other results caused by global warming include desertification, excessive snow, and flash floods.
This has brought concerns over the past few decades, but several nations have taken up the initiative of trying alternative ways. Various organizations and institutions have been created to educate people on how people can lessen their impact on the environment, such as embracing green living. But not all people are comfortable with living such a lifestyle. Instead, nations have developed techniques that reduces the impact on environment, such as turning to solar, wind and hydrothermal energy as the source of electricity.