Tuesday, September 29, 2009

How can we help our planet?

Many scientists agree that from environmental point of view our planet is in big trouble because of many ecological problems that now look much bigger than ever before. If you ask average person what is the biggest environmental threat we are facing today it is very likely that this person will say climate change. Climate change problem looks to be indeed the biggest ecological problem because it presents great threat to our way of life. Majority agrees that if we don't do something about it our future generations will suffer because we fail to act. In this article I will leave beside the question whether we are really responsible for climate change or would climate change happen in any scenario, the main thing is that climate change is happening, and we simply have to do something to tackle it. Science is telling us that there are too much greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that are making greenhouse effect much more powerful, which in the end results in increased average temperature on our planet and causes climate to change. If we accept this fact then we definitely have to ensure that we do not add even more impact to greenhouse effect by further emitting large CO2 emissions into the atmosphere since this could lead to a total environmental disaster in form of floods, hurricanes, droughts, and even some new diseases.

Knowing what to do is one thing but actually doing it are two completely different things. In order to help our planet we definitely need to hurt our industries, at least for the time being, and this is something many countries are reluctant to do because they say this would hurt their respective economies to much. Industry and economy are favorite playground for big money, and big money still heavily outweighs our sense of caring for our planet. How many people would keep their mouth shut if lets say they witness terrible pollution to our environment, if for instance polluting company offers them big money just to keep quiet? We can live in ideals saying that people are better than this but in reality money is the one that rules the world, and therefore money still decides destiny of our planet.

Many people believe that we can do enough to our planet simply by recycling, taking shorter showers, stop wasting things, growing trees and stuff like that. There is no doubt that this can be helpful as well but is definitely not enough without one crucial thing we need to develop to help our planet. That thing is global ecological conscience. Ecological conscience is something that is sorely missed in solving global ecological problems. By ecological conscience I mean human aspect of acknowledging what exactly are we doing to our planet, and is this what we are doing right, and if is not right how can we fix it. Sadly individual actions are no longer enough to help our planet, problems that our planet is facing have become global, and only one big global action could make difference.

The main problem is that this big global action lies in the arms of politics, and lets face it most politicians have problems with any form of conscience, and to many of them ecological conscience probably seems like a waste of time, something that is not supported by national interests, and therefore not acceptable. These national interests are always the same, industry and economy above anything else, and with this kind of attitude ecology doesn't stand the chance to make that decisive step forward, and this is the reason why ecological problems are slowly but surely slipping out of our hands.

We simply have to broaden our horizons and start looking at the big picture. The big picture shows our planet above everything else as the origin of life itself. We must not forget that Earth is still our only home, and was home of our ancestors and will also be the home to our children. Unless we destroy it first.

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