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All Humanity Is in the Grip of a Global Environmental Crisis
Origin of the Earth
Almost 5 billion years ago, a mass of earth, air, water and fire, brought together by cosmic forces, and small pieces of planet material interacted. It came to pass that the whirling object of elements and substances metamorphosed into the blue and green and brown creation we know as Planet Earth with all of nature is the Mother of us all.
Mother Earth has produced and nurtured all life since the beginning of time. She has provided us with a natural environment of bracing wind and breathable air, magical forests and edible plants,poetic blue oceans and sea and potable water, dreamful rainbows and nourishing rains, storybook streams and irrigating rivers, picturesque landscapes and arable bands, dazzling flowers and delicious fruits.
Mother Earth is the source not only of life, but also of all beauty. Some make life not only possible and beautiful, but also filled with wonder and with meaning.
But Mother Earth is now in danger. Our life-giving planet is on the brink of the graves disaster she has ever been made to face.
Global Environmental Crisis
For many years, the threat of nuclear annihilation stared her down. Man's madness and propensity with war, produced weapons for mass destruction which could eventually wipe out most of humanity and much of nature, had they been used. The thawing of the Cold War between the USA and Soviet Union has given us temporary reprieve from the nightmare. But now, another threat to all forms of life has risen, and stalks all corners of the Earth.
This new horror, a great part of man-made, has been given a name as ominous as nuclear annihilation. The GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS.
Global Warming and Climate Change
What are the issues involved when we talk about global environmental crisis?
These are global warming, climate change, ozone depletion, loss of biodiversity, water pollution, forest destruction, corals and mangrove destruction and coral bleaching, air pollution and population growth.
We are going through a critical phase of Global Warming as more and more carbon dioxide is being released into the higher atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels.The atmospheric blanket absorbs and traps the heat of the sun like greenhouse, increasing the planet's temperature and creating the Greenhouse Effect.
Global warming is the global-average temperature increase that has been observed over the last one hundred years or more. But to many politicians and the public, the term carries the implication that mankind is responsible for that warming. More than half of the world's Nobel laureats and the National Academy of Sciences warned that global warming is the most serious environmental threat of the twenty-first century. The thermal heat expansion may result in a 3 to 5 foot rise in the sea level around the world that could swallow island nations and low-lying countries.
Climatologists, scientists and researchers believed that climate change is an alteration in the average weather which a particular region experiences. This change involves patterns of temperature, precipitation, humidity, wind and seasons on a global scale.
Changes due to a more frequent and severe storms, floods, and droughts and warmer temperatures, present threatening risks to the well-being and livelihoods of millions of people in the Third World countries or simply the poor people who depend on the land and coastal resources for their survival.
Researchers, climatologists and scientists considered climate change as one of the greatest social, economic and environmental threats of our time. Most of them said that it is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of the weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years. According to them, it could be a change in the average weather conditions or in the distribution of weather around the average conditions. Climate change adverse impacts are already evident and may intensify over time.
Scientific evidences indicate that since 1950, the world's climate has been warming already, primarily due to emissions from unfettered burning of fossil fuels and the razing of tropical forests. The said adds to the atmosphere's invisible blanket of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping "greenhouse" gases. Recent researches found that methane flowing from landfills, livestock and oil and gas facilities, is a close second to carbon dioxide in terms of the impact on the atmosphere.
As a result of intemperate use of chlorofluorocarbons, our protective sky has literally been opened with giant hole in the atmospheric ozone layer which keeps out harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
The chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs migrate to the upper portion of the atmosphere where they are broken down by the sun's rays, releasing the atoms of chlorine which destroy ozone.
According to the National Aeronuotics and Space Administration (NASA) predicted that there would be a 10% depletion of the ozone layer worldwide by 2050. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), also warned that the loss of ozone of the said magnitude would result in millions of cases of skin cancers from exposure to increased ultraviolet radiation.
Ozone depletion could lead to damage of the immune systems of animals and humans due to vulnerability to outbreaks of long- established diseases and pathogens. Likewise, plants, plankton would be heavily damaged by the ultraviolet radiation.
Loss of Biodiversity
The Biological Diversity of the planet is threatened as an increasing number of distinct kinds of plants and animals and microorganisms die out or become extinct with the destruction of their ecosystems and habitat.
The viability of humans is threatened too by the irretrievable loss of species, ecosystems, gene pools and ecological processes, since we derive from them practically all our needs such as food, clothing, shelter and. medicine.
Plants and animals provide us with aesthetic value in making the entire world so beautiful. They also provide us with a sense of familiarity, continuity and a sense of place which is so important in mainstreaming our sense of security in places where we are into.
Our seas, rivers, oceans and streams are already being polluted by all kinds of wastes, effluents, toxic chemicals and lately by massive oil spills with unfold harmful effects on oil forms of the aquatic life making up the freshwater and marine ecosystems)
The forests are past being depleted with tragic consequences for the soil; in some places, soil erosion through wind or water does not stop. In others, desertification has already set in and continuously spreading.
Forest destruction is intimately related to the degradation of biological diversity. The forest ecosystems nurture avast variety of life forms which sustain life through food and herbal medicine.
Corals and mangrove destruction and coral bleaching
In tropical countries like the Philippines, the destruction of corals and mangroves which are the breeding grounds of fish and other aquatic life destroys not only the natural beauty of the environment but also the livelihood of millions of fisherman.
Air pollution and population growth
Finally, as if to dramatize the pall of doom that looms over the planet, the grimy shroud of air pollution hovers in the sky above densely populated and combustion engine clogged cities, causing disease and debilitation and a growing number of pollution-related deaths.
A video on Global Environmental Crisis
The Threatening Global Environmental Crisis
Links on Global Environmental Crisis
- Global Environment: Considering U.S. Policy | Teaching with the News | Brown University
- Environmental Issues — Global Issues
The environmental issues part of global issues web site looks at issues such as biodiversity, climate change and global warming, genetically engineered or modified food, human population, animal and nature conservation and natural disasters.
- The Worldwide Environmental Crisis | Global Research
Climate Summit 2014
The Climate Summit 2014 will be held on September 23,2014, United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA. Heads of State and Government along with business, finance, civil society and local leaders are expected to attend the said summit. The Summit is designed to catalyze action by governments, business, finance, industry, and civil society in areas for new commitments and substantial, scalable and replicable contributions to the Summit that hopefully may help the world shift toward a low-carbon economy.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon intends to forge a solid foundation on which to anchor successful negotiations and sustained progress on the road to reduce emissions and strengthen adaptation strategies.
Climate Summit 2014
- UN Climate Summit - UN Climate Summit 2014
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invites all to the UN climate summit 23 September, 2014, New York. Climate change is a problem, it needs to be addressed.
A fitting end to this article is through adapting the pledge given by Bella Abzug. Saving Mother Earth in our own little ways will make a big difference.
Pledge of Allegiance to the Family of Earth
"I pledge allegiance to the Earth, and to the flora, fauna and human life that it supports: one planet, indivisible,with safe air, water, and soil, economic justice, equal rights, and peace for all." - Bella Abzug