The Poisoning of our Earth. Is Pollution Real or Imagined?

Sources of Global pollution

Global pollution
Global pollution
large scale spraying of insecticides
large scale spraying of insecticides | Source
cigarette smoking
cigarette smoking
contaminated beaches
contaminated beaches
illegal waste disposal
illegal waste disposal
open city dumps
open city dumps
illegal roadside dumping
illegal roadside dumping
manufacturing plants
manufacturing plants
nuclear waste plants on riversides
nuclear waste plants on riversides
leaking toxic waste disposal in our oceans
leaking toxic waste disposal in our oceans
power stations
power stations | Source
refinery plants on river banks
refinery plants on river banks
waste dumping into rivers
waste dumping into rivers
sewer systems
sewer systems

A world in denial

The polluting of our planet.

Ignoring pollution will not make it go away.

Relying on an uncaring government, or corporate America, to protect us and our fragile planet, is insufficient and foolhardy.

We must first admit there is truly a problem with pollution globally.

This is not a local problem, or even a national problem, it is a global catastrophe, with no one willing to take the initiative to find a solution to the problem.

We have a government, Corporate America, and many uneducated citizens adamantly denying that there is any problem with pollution in this world.

Air pollution, ground pollution, oceans pollution, and drinking water supplies pollution, are all real problems. Ignoring them will not make them magically disappear.

We must first come to the realization that this is NOT a contrived idea by the radical progressive liberals, or tree huggers, or fanatical groups. It is real. It is true. It is occurring right in front of our faces. Ignoring and denying will not make the problem less severe or less dangerous.

We, (in the "civilized" world) have denied any responsibility for the current calamitous and extraordinarily grave predicament we find ourselves in today. And still we deny it's very existence.

We are at that crossroad in our own existence where we find ourselves in a morbidly grave situation that denotes the brink of such a fatal event that can only be marked by catastrophic losses and everlasting distress and affliction, culminating in a persistent and long lasting man made covenant of inevitable loss and suffering. And still we deny its very existence.

The motivational persistence that created, sustained, and maintained this tragic outcome is insidiously simplistic in origin and the perpetrators vehemently vindicate its continuance: capitalism corrupted by greed.

Instead of creating sustainable goods, man discovered that by consistently creating goods that have shorter, and shorter, life spans, they ensured a continuous need for consumers to require more of those goods at a faster rate.

So here we stand today facing a dilemma that has but one solution. That solution is to reverse the trend and start to create more durable goods. The expertise is here, the desire is not. Greed will always triumph over all common sense even at the expense of self destruction.

  • Throw away automobiles lead to more junk yards
  • Throw away electronics lead to hazardous waste dumps
  • Throw away plastic containers lead to land and water pollution.
  • and the list goes on and on..

Everything we do today is with this "throw away" mentality.

If our "values" were more altruistically re-directed the problems of today would resolve themselves.

Altruism: 1) Unselfish regard for, or devotion to, the welfare of others. 2) Behavior by an animal (man) that is not beneficial to, or may be harmful to, itself (less profits) but that benefits others of its species.

Humanity took a wrong turn somewhere in history. If life were based on altruism, in lieu of selfishness, there would be NO hunger, famine, fighting, wars, hatred, or intolerance.

Democracy and progression would be a way of life instead of perceived as evil. If every human being had access to every benefit that life provides we would truly live in a Utopian world.

I often wonder if there are sentient life forms on planets across our galaxy and/or the universe itself; and just how many of those worlds are Utopian in nature instead of akin to this evil thing our world has become?

by d.william 06/10/2012

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JasonL99 4 years ago

Nice use of the "Eye of God" image.

I agree with you that there is a problem with sustainability, but I disagree that altruism is the cure. If we were altruistic enough to solve the problem, then we probably wouldn't have the problem in the first place.

The 'cure' will need to come from some place else - mainly from our hip pockets. If people are forced to pay the true cost for dumping their rubbish in the sea, waterways, ground, and atmosphere - then they'll work out how to save money by not producing so much waste in the first place.

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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Voted up, useful and interesting. Your article makes some really valid points. For instance, I live on the New York/Pennsylvania border and just across in Pennsylvania they are fracking like crazy. Crime and DWIs, are rising at alarming speed. Drinking water and soil have been polluted and what does the oil and gas companies do? They make a multimillion dollar donation to a local rural hospital and now they are heroes. Meanwhile, some folks can't even take a shower in their tainted water. I always tell people you can't drink, swim or irrigate in $100 bills. We are imposing moratoriums on drilling and the gas and oil companies are telling us we can't do it. Money = power = greed = corruption.

Only one thing do I question in your article...and that is when you claim 5 out of 10 deaths are attributed to cigarettes. I'm not saying your figures are wrong, rather I just find the number astronomical. Great Hub!

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d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Thanks for being the first to read and comment. Your statement that..."if we were altruistic to solve the problem, we wouldn't have had the problem in the first place...." is exactly my point. "Humanity took a wrong turn somewhere in history.." was actually the response to the problem of how we got here to this point.

It is not the consumer that is at fault as much as those who manufacture with the sole intent of profit over sensibility.

Greed is so entrenched into our society that there is NO real solution to the problem of pollution. It is merely an unfortunate side effect of that need for greed.

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d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Thank you for reading and your comments. The video states 5 out of 10 deaths are attributed to cigarettes. This may seem to be a high percentage, but not all of these deaths 'attributed to smoking' means that 50% of the population actually smoke cigarettes. I am sure this percentage takes into account second hand smoke, people who quit smoking, etc..

It all contributes to air pollution, and ultimately physical ailments leading to a premature death. There is really no escaping the air pollution from automobiles, factories, etc..

The fight against "green" sustainable energy will continue until the last drop of oil, the last bit of coal, and the last wisp of natural gas is removed from this planet. There is still too much money to be made off these exploitations to see any changes in policy in the near future.

The loss of life due to this need for greed is only collateral damage to those possessing that need for profits.

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Melis Ann 4 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

Important message. Thanks for calling attention to how badly our society is treating this planet. Under disguise of what appears to be progress we have a worsening state of affairs when it comes to pollution and complacency. Everyone is focused on little changes while big disasters like fracking and ocean pollution charge ahead. Voted up and shared.

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d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Thanks for reading and your comments. Enough money can buy all the silence one needs. The corruption in our government is as shameful as the denied pollution of our planet.

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

You are so right, it's important that someone tells it like it is. Thank you..

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d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Thanks for reading. Most people know the problem is there, but there is little we can do about it as individuals. The corporate owned government will still only deny the facts and point fingers at those who dare to speak out against them.

After November those of us who speak out against these atrocities will probably be placed in one of the private owned prisons.

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MobyWho 4 years ago from Burlington VT

You've led me down so many paths with this article...all alarming. Thank you for giving so many mind-bending links. I recommend your viewers follow them all. Sadly, it all comes down to US - all of us who can only hope our little steps will someday form a path to conservation and salvation. (I fear that's a hopeless hope.) Keep up the good work!

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d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Thank you for reading and your support. I used to be positive in my hopes for America, but after that fiasco in Wisconsin on 6/5/12, i have lost all hope for us in a country where elections are "won" by rigging the electronic voting machines.

I have nothing but pity for the next few generations who will inherit the grief we are allowing to happen today.

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bluebird 4 years ago

I appreciate your hub and I, like you am a very concerned citizen with eyes wide open to what is happening to our precious planet earth which has so wonderfully sustained the human race up until now. But things are falling apart quickly and it wouldn't take much for this fragile world of ours to come crashing down around us.

It saddens my heart to think that so many are unconcerned, that things will just keep going on and on for another hundred years. It can't. Just look in the Bible in the prophecies of Isaiah and Jeremiah and Ezekiel, it's all for this day and age and time we're living in. There are some serious consequences to be paid for the careless and greedy who are wrecking earth Rev. 11:18

P.S. Thank you...I also thought the videos were striking and added much to this hub. May they move us all into action.

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d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Thank you for reading and commenting. Sorry for the delay in responding, i have been unable to post any comments on this hub for the past couple of day. Hopefully this one will take.

People today are so self centered they have no compassion for others, or respect for this earth, and worst of all no respect for themselves.

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zionsphere 4 years ago from Oregon

I agree with you 110%. Where did altruism go? Why can't people see the success of those with an altruistic point of view ? It's nice to see someone touching on the not so comfortable, but all too real topics.

I feel like our government has been distracting us with issues "moral values" for the sake of blinding us to the real issues at hand. Instead of tax breaks, and stimulous checks, why don't they try appealing to the hearts of americans, and bring back the idea of a united nation?

Left wing or right wing makes no difference. Every bird needs both wings working together to fly. The Amerian eagle has been taking a nose dive. Hmmmm wonder why??

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d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. You are, of course, right on target with your comments.

When they say our government is broken they are correct. It has become a general pissing contest between the parties to the point that nothing gets done and never will without compromise. And THAT can never happen between warring factions without some concessions being made. Especially when one party is urinating standing up and the other one isn't.

The old Republican party has been taken over by the henchmen of the Corporate American greed mongers. And the sad part of it is these tea party members do not even know they are being used as pawns. Or do they?

Put someone on your payroll, pay them enough money, and they will lie and kill for you. This is the new GOP. They will not stop without being stopped by the people, and even the people are not interested in doing so any more.

We, as a nation, live with the sad concept of: Ignore the problem and it will just magically disappear.

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