The world is not just home to us humans but for many other living beings. From animals that roam the skies, walk the earth and swim the depths of the ocean to plants both big and small, we all coexist in this planet that we call home. Many of these living beings have even been living on earth far longer than mankind. However, it is us who managed to cause so much damage and destruction to the planet while everybody else suffers.
Oceans are becoming more acidic and ice caps are melting causing the sea level to rise. Island nations like the Maldives are at risk of disappearing off the face of the earth. Forests and other natural ecosystems are converted into agricultural, manufacturing, commercial and residential lands as we continue to improve the quality of our lives at the expense of others. If you look outside most modern cities, it is filled with one skyscraper to another with barely a few random trees on the outskirts. Not even stumps can survive!
If we continue this lifestyle, will there be no more trees left for us in the future? Trees are cut to make paper-based products and wood needed for construction and furniture making. Illegal logging has mainly been the cause why forests are receding at a faster rate than new trees are growing if there is any at all.
When the Europeans first came to North America, forests were so dense and continuous that a squirrel could have travelled from the Atlantic coast to the Mississippi without ever touching the ground, some historians say. Since then, agriculture, logging, urban development and other human activities have thinned or wiped out these once-lush forests.
Scientists have long tried to estimate the extent of deforestation inNorth America and beyond. One of the most common ways of doing so is by simply measuring the total amount of forest cover lost. But not all deforestation created is equal, said Giorgios Mountrakis, an associate professor at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, USA.
In a paper published in PLoS One in February, Giorgios and Sheng Yang, a graduate student, tried slicing deforestation in a different way. Using satellite maps, they calculated the average distance to the nearest forest from any point in the continentalUnited States in 1992 versus 2001. Between these years, they found, distance to the nearest forest increased by one-third of a mile.
The natural landscape has changed drastically over the years. A big part of the forest and natural habitats of wild animals and numerous plant species are now home to humans. And the trend continues as the population continues to explode and capitalists need to double their efforts to meet human needs. However, we are also seeing first-hand the dangers of deforestation as natural calamities strike us with more vengeance.
There’s no doubt America is a large consumer of animal products. But how much animal products do Americans actually consume?
As reported by National Public Radio, in 2007 the average American consumed 270 pounds of meat.
That same year the Environmental Protection Agency reported that agriculture in theUnited States alone contributed to 18 percent of the nation’s pollution. Shocking? It gets worse.
Agriculture is a wasteful method to produce food and is detrimental to the environment. The amount of energy it takes to support agriculture versus the effects on the environment are outstanding.
Following a vegan lifestyle can promote a sustainable environment.
Veganism is a lifestyle in which a person doesn’t eat or use animal products. This means not eating beef, dairy, eggs, fish, chicken or using animal products with authentic leather or animal fur.
Following a vegan lifestyle can lead to minimizing harmful agricultural practices.
Resources that are already limited are consumed at aggregate amounts when it comes to the cultivation and slaughtering of animals.
To produce just one pound of beef it takes 6.7 pounds of grains and feed, 52.8 gallons of drinking water, 74.5 square feet of land for grazing and a massive 1,036 BTUs for feed production and transport. BTU’s are a unit of measurement, British thermal unit, that measures the amount of energy used to raise the temperature of one pound of water.
The solution to most human dilemmas is to support a sustainable environment. Without us knowing, the little things that we do have bigger consequences and it can likely result to our own undoing. What will happen to us if we run out of trees in the future? Where will we go if our planet is no longer livable? We may ignore answering these questions for now but they are just lurking there and often felt in the face of a disaster.
Our planet is dying. It has been said over and over again. Loggers cut down trees but only a few plant new trees in its wake. The country will even have a more difficult time addressing important environmental issues as the Trump administration imposes further budget cuts including funding for the US Environmental Protection Agency. Any environmental progress the nation has achieved over the last few decades will likely go down the drain without the necessary support and funding coming from the government.
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