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Killing the World

Updated on October 18, 2014

Pollution, Overpopulation, Global Warming and Unstoppable Climate Change?

As money and the rich win over governments and people wanting to save the planet are silenced by ridicule, name calling and other things, the perpetrators take everything. They are killing the world in their rush to be rich and then richer and we are all suffering. We are all on this ship together and when it sinks there will be no life-jackets, no other ships coming to our rescue and no future for our children, grandchildren or anything else that calls the world home.

The human population has swollen to an unsustainable number and unless we kill off ourselves there will be nothing left. The oceans are dying from over fishing; animals are being driven to extinction from loss of habitat and cities are sprawling out at the cost of everything else. Aside from these horrors the climate is warming beyond what even the insects can tolerate and the result is dead forests, horrendous drought, super fires and pollution on an unprecedented scale.

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The Biggest Issue of the Century

Global warming and climate change are the biggest issues of the 21st Century. Ice melt; rising sea levels; displaced populations; disappearing islands; super floods; super fires; cyclones; tsunamis; earthquakes; carbon dioxide poisoning and nowhere else to go will surely see the extinction of humanity as well as most of the animal and plant species on earth. It is no joke - the facts are there for everyone with open eyes and a mind to take it in to see the consequences of our actions.

What are we leaving behind for our children? Will they survive? Are we murdering them before they even have a chance at survival? With super fires and disastrous conditions facing the world at large it is not hard to see the coming events as catastropic.

In my opinion humans are our own worst enemies. We devise laws and principles by which we attempt to conform ourselves and others into images that are frankly against nature. When someone comes along that is outside of our 'ilk' we choose murder and mayhem to try to resolve the problem.

If you disagree with that statement then look around at the issues associated with drugs, money, crime, wars and overpopulation.

This planet is our home and yet it is polluted to the hilt, stifled with carbon poisoning, struggling under the weight of over 7 billion people, denuded of its natural cover and the animals and plants that are required to sustain us are going extinct at an ever increasing rate. The temperature is rising and the fires are burning, cyclones and massive devastation of land is occurring, the ice sheets are melting and we are doomed unless something changes. Or is it already too late?

Burning Increases Global Warming

Where is Common Sense?

Every fire is a heater to the atmosphere. The things we use and depend on to maintain our lifestyles are the very things that are killing us.

We drive cars on tarred roads, we burn oil and gas heaters, we cool our houses in summer which burns more energy and we warm them in winter to our peril. Take a look at the gas flare associated with an oil rig. They all have them and there are hundreds of thousands of such flares burning 24/7 throughout the world.

The gas is simply burned off instead of being redirected to be used in any of the above facilities. That means that different wells are drilled just for gas and many of these also have flares. So what does that mean in terms of heating the environment.

In the Gulf of Mexico alone there are over 4000 oil rigs. There have been over a million oil and gas wells drilled in Texas alone since 1919 (Wiki From the same source there are around 3.5 million oil wells globally (some not in use) but there are no figures for the number of gas wells in existence. Africa is littered with oil wells and in Nigeria the rivers are running oil instead of water. Companies involved are Shell, Total, Mobil and several others. The population is starving while oil moguls are taking everything and giving virtually nothing back.

How much heat does each flare generate? Well just look at the picture and do your own calculation.

But aside from the flare and its heating properties there is also a massive amount of carbon dioxide poisoning added to the air we breath. In Nigeria the people are suffering from the fallout with lung conditions they cannot escape. The acid rain is so bad that 5 year old corrugated iron can be torn in half like paper. That is what is soon coming to an area near you if you are not already suffering from it.

Do You Think Climate Change is Man Made?

There are so many schools of thought on this one that it frankly almost depends on whom you listen to. Most governments and Industry are adamant that global warming is not the fault of burning fossil fuels while environmentalists and most scientists say it is. What is your take?

Are governments interested in overturning fossil fuel burning or are they only interested in them making money?

Do you think industry profits are more important than preserving the planet?

Do you think industry profits are more important than preserving the planet?

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    • Alan 2 years ago

      This site works pretty well as a forum. You can't reply with thaerd after thaerd like in a conventional forum, but you can still edit your question/answer to reply to what people have said. The only real difference is that you have to frame the topic of your thaerd in the form of a question, but I actually like this. It gives more direction to the thaerd, unlike in many forums where someone will simply post a link or a comment with no particular direction and the thaerd quickly goes completely off topic. There are also a lot of very knowledgeable people here from a wide variety of backgrounds and stances on global warming, and many of the regular' posters here have been participating for several years. But if you really want the more traditional forum' feel, most political forums will have a section on environment', which usually has quite a lot of global warming related topics. Just Google "political forum" (without quotes) and you will find hundreds of results. But I know where you're coming from. I was pretty surprised when I tried to find an internet forum dedicated entirely to climate change and didn't find one. There are thousands of blogs, but not many conventional forums' in the strict sense.

    • Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Seems like everything is all about the money anymore.

    • Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      I hope they wake up before it's too late.

    • OrlandoTipster 4 years ago


      Governments and lawmakers are bought by special interest groups.

    • Iudit Gherghiteanu 4 years ago from Ozun

      we are too many for this poor planet...and we are poor quality and selfish too.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      We seem to have put ourselves in a Catch 22 position and industry seems to not being willing to make significant enough changes.

    • norma-holt 5 years ago

      @TeacherSerenia: If it no longer snows where you are then isn't that a sign of global warming? Why are you hostile towards awareness of human activities that are obviously damaging the planet. Even if there is no global warming, as you state, shouldn't we be doing more to clean up our act. If you came into my home and dumped your trash you would get kicked out and yet we are trashing the only home we have - planet earth. Isn't that worth saving. If you really think about your statement that it is so cold that it no longer snows isn't that a contradiction?

    • TeacherSerenia 5 years ago

      Governments and corporations do not care about the environment. They ONLY care about profits and Money!!!

      Global warning is a cyclical event and happens naturally. Why do you think this planet had several iceages? in between the iceages, there had to be some hot periods as well. The only thing to causes global warming is the sun _ NIT us humans.What we out into the atmpsphere is NOT enough to cause global warming. There are numerous volcanoes under the ocean spewing lava into the oceans. They warm up the water - NOT the atmosphere.

      How can we be having global warming when the winters are colder than ever. In fact its been so cold, that it no longer snows!!! The last decent snowfall I saw was in the winter of 2008.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Money is everyone's true God. It will always win because it buys you that heaven trust me this is true. I'm shocked but not surprised of how many people deny pollution. There's even talk about it helping the earth now!? really? Money is a mind control, it has taken many of people with them, who believe that a showboat life is all what its about. I'm not jealous, I'm personally wealthy enough, from an inheritance. I could be the biggest moron and someone will still think I'm great simply because I have money now. So it only makes sense that these people are the ones who will have the greatest power ran on a world by money, more so than ever. I agree, I think the problem we see in the United States is that the Government started to talk about global warming, so now no one believes in it. If you put you car in a garage close the door, turn the car will die. Somethings are so simple that they cannot be understood by us, the "intelligent" species. We have to complicate everything, its what gives us pleasure in our brains...the I BELIEVE power and the THIS IS WHY...

      I "retired" at 30 and spend most of my time paying attention to the world around me like never before. Everywhere I turn I see bums, and liars. Everyone trying to see if they can impress you so they can get MONEY. Its like a disease and you have to have enough to actually LIVE. Now that's crazy. Feel sorry for those who have to work for these greedy owners just to make them rich. Man life was horrible until I got away from the mans greed; gas prices, 30 year costly mortgages, expensive car that looses value rapidly, 8-12 hour days to buy your company owner another house, computers and phones that change their eye candy features just so you can have something that doesn't last. We are so blind to it all.

    • kathysart 5 years ago

      ABSOLUTELY pollution and global warming is man-made. (not sure of your "questions" though, the way they are put, but yes I think industry needs to be regulated as corporations do not historically regulate themselves.

    • Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Unfortunately, unhealthy climate change and global warming are very real. The scientific data is there for those who are willing to see what is happening.

    • Vallygems1 5 years ago

      No it is destroying the planet

    • Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

      For years the government denied climate change. Now a different government is in office, and suddenly people think the government has behind staging an elaborate climate change hoax for decades? Bush was more diabolical than we thought!

      Rubbish. Most of the people in my family are scientists. It's driving me CRAZY, now that we have evidence of rising temperatures, rising seas, melting glaciers from the Andes to the Himalayas causing water shortages that are destroying villages, photos from space showing the northern ice caps dwindling year by year, my friends in Alaska and Norway watching the permafrost which is no longer permanent, robins in Lapland and reindeer dying out, my uncle in Antarctica watching the Ross Ice Shelf melting under him, weather swings and extremes as was predicted (heat makes water more dynamic, and atmosphere too), more and more and more evidence that change is already underway -- okay, we don't know with 100% certainty, only near certainty that THIS IS ALREADY HAPPENING, but come on.

      Look at the world around you. Does this look natural? Look at the heat islands around cities. Is that all natural? Look at the pollution in the water, washing up on beaches. Look at how surfers in California now get skin rashes and can't swim a lot of days because there's toxic levels of bacteria in the water -- the OCEAN, three fourths of the planet's surface, with that many pollutants in it. You think that's all natural change?

      We'd better hope some of it's man-made. We'd better hope that we have some power to stop these changes and mitigate their effects. If it's all natural, and there's nothing we can do to stave off the massive destruction of oxygen-producing trees and plankton, nothing we can do to save the glaciers or all the countries (India, China, South America) that depend on those water supplies, if there's nothing we can do to stop the desertification of the American Southwest and Africa and parts of Asia -- we're in HUGE trouble.

      We'd better hope the scientists are right and that these changes are being exacerbated by human activity, and that we have ways to combat them.

      The government won't do it. The U.S. government doesn't care, when it comes down to it -- that's why they didn't sign the Kyoto Accords, wouldn't show up in Copenhagen. To imply they're just trying to scare us is a bizarre new excuse on half a century of denial.

      Sorry to be so angry, but I've seen changes in my own lifetime that are very, very worrying, and having relatives who are observing some of this firsthand, it frustrates me that everyone is dismissing what they've found.

    • callinsky lm 7 years ago

      I see what mining does to the people, the animals, the water, and the biodiversity in the area that I live. I guess that the people who don't believe it is causing issues are not close enough to it.

      To think that the toxins we are spewing out do not have an impact on our environment or the earth... well, I just don't get that.

    • Varelli 7 years ago

      I agree with most of the scientists, but the options below present some difficulties. I think the planet is affected by fossil fuels. Also I think the planet, in a romantic view perhaps is more important than the present day industry, but I hope that will soon change in the sense that industry will be reformed in a way that is not harmful for the environment.

    • Sojourn 7 years ago

      I think there are some instances where government has made a choice to allow ongoing contamination of the planet in exchange for financial gain. We know for a fact that some forms of efficient and less harmful fuel have not received the attention or investment they deserve because they're too expensive to pursue. When are we going to realize that we're robbing from our children and grandchildren to satisfy ourselves first?

    • Spook LM 7 years ago

      I think that you cannot have it both ways or in other words one can not live without the other. Therefore there have to be balances from Industry. Like with all things, some of these people are interested in the long term ideals of preserving the planet (flaura, land, rivers etc.) Whilst others are after a quick buck at any cost. Therefore there have to be standards. Who sets these? One government agrees and then the next one doesn't, ad definitum finem. Either we pull together or we perish together. Start with yourself and your children.

    Do you think the planet is affected by burning fossil fuels?

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      • jennysue19 4 years ago

        I get so fed up with the climate change refuseniks who want to shut their eyes and pretend that they can go on using fossil fuels ad lib. Yes there are cycles of warming and cooling but what is going on now is different. What we may be doing is accelerating a warming period that may have happened anyway but anyone who denies we are having no effect whatever is kidding themselves.

      • Gardener Don 4 years ago

        I think we've been having cycles of global warming/global cooling (the ice ages) since time began. Just check it out, every continent has evidence of it - shellfish & fish fossils in the middle of the continent - so the current change likely is not just due to burning fossil fuels.

      • CampingmanNW 4 years ago

        Governments are all about control. Money is a small part of the overall picture. He who controls the resources and the people, controls the world. I have heard since I was a kid, about the dwindling petro chemical reserves of the Middle east and that the biggest reason we do not drill or utilize a lot of our own natural resources, is for control. Since the late 60's, early 70's, the emphasis in this country has not been on oil and gas production, but rather the control of it. People with that level of influence are not concerned with planet longevity. So, having no choice for my belief here, I have to say I do not agree with either answer

      • redtailvision 4 years ago

        Neither. All governments are playing the chess game of controlling the remaining resources. I can not take a side because BOTH are true but you left no other choice. A natural cycle with the influence of man equals something you really don't want to know. The Earth will survive, mankind don't have to be apart of that. We are not that important in the Web of Life.

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      • rattie lm 4 years ago

        I suspect that no money has the political will, or clout, to deal with this huge issue. Let's check out 14th September and see if Julia suffers because she had a go.

      • Miha Gasper 4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

        Sure it is. Just look around and you will probably see smoke and soot, even breathing is becoming a luxury in some cities.

      • victoriahaneveer 4 years ago

        I think governments think short-term rather than considering the long-term results of their actions.

      • Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

        The planet is certainly affected. But we can't expect any help from any government. Only people can change the world. Always was and always will be this way.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        in the race of modernisation,more we are stepping into the modernistic world more he are heading ahead towards the hell and surprisingly no one really care,everyone is smhow smwhere busy in the race to earning riches and trying to raise their standard to living,yeah i straightly agree to this that the govt is having no interest regarding this issue but busy with the cooperate world and filling their pockets and even the whole regime is also running over the same track tracing the same path..

      • alexilady lm 4 years ago

        Everything has an effect on everything else but I'm not one for conspiracy theories. I'll leave that to Jessie Ventura & his TV show

      • norma-holt 4 years ago

        @nifwlseirff: What could be more expensive than suffering cancer or some other disease, even death, as a result of using them.

      • nifwlseirff 4 years ago

        There are alternatives to fossil fuels, although they may be more expensive. I certainly believe that man has sped up the climate change, making it become more extreme in a shorter time than nature could do alone.

      • maryLuu 4 years ago

        Unfortunately we are destroying our planet!

      • norma-holt 4 years ago

        @RawBill1: How right you are

      • Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

        Governments these days are mostly controlled by the corporate world who's only interests are profits. Some companies put a "green" image out there to appease the environmentally conscious consumers but they are still doing huge amounts of damage to the environment. I believe that the earth is in a natural warming cycle currently, but we humans are most definitely speeding this up at a rapid rate which we will find it hard to adapt to. Slow climate change we can adapt to over generations, but not the speedy changes that are about to come in our lifetimes.

      • Suzi63 5 years ago

        Money, power and greed all affecting each other & mother Earth we all share. It is so wrong & so sad.

      • Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Certainly, no matter what others say. What we do affects our environment. I believe, however, that if people allow it, governments and industry will do what they want. We have to take the responsibility and make government and industry know what we think.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        they are only intrested in making money if you think climate change is man made because we are making the change with our own bare hands as we do kill our planet

      • JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

        Of course the Earth is affected by burning fossil fuels. The government has the resources to make better, more Earth friendly options to give us power and motivation, but they choose the route that will give them the most money in the end. It's very sad.

      • CorkFlooringTips 5 years ago

        The rich get richer and the poor get poorer and we just sit back and take it.Were destroying our planet all for money.God help future generations there going to be left with a wreck all from greed.

      • goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

        i think that the gov't makes a lot of money from taxes and fees paid by the big oil companies. we can easily switch to solar energy but it will kill the oil industry.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        The famous adage that there is enough for everyone's need and never enough for everyone's greed is true indeed! Greed for just about everything and anything is just to overwhelming!

      • Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

        Man made, or at the very least, man 'enhanced'. I do believe we are in some form of natural warming cycle anyway but our activities are making that change much worse than it would have been, a double whammy if you like. No government cares. All they care about is what gets them through the next election with a win and since most of the electorate seems more interested in their bank balance as opposed to whether they might have an inhabitable planet upon which to spend said money no government is going to make a concerted effort to change until its too late. I strongly believe we could switch to renewable energy in a heartbeat if our government wished it. They don't.

      • Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

        Man made for sure. I went to a Dr. Suzuki seminar this past summer and he said that the earth's environment is to the point of "No Return." He definitely believes that the earth has sucumbed to the greed of the governments.

      • ArvindNarasimhan 7 years ago

        Climate Change is not a product of mankind, and there are many scientific findings to show that global warming is just a fear-building thesis hyped by environmentalists. The planet is in fact cooling, and on the verge of an ice age if some scientists are to be believed.

      • Jeff Wendland 7 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

        Mystic Mama is right. The global warming scare is a bunch of rubbish. Currently it is being used as a means to make many people very very wealthy, including Al Gore.

        What is being done in Coppenhagen is absolutely foolish and the studies that they cite are poor. It is a means to create a one world government and as a way to redistribute the wealth. Wouldn't that 100 billion that Hillary promised to fight global warming better be used right here in America to invest in alternative energy research and job creations?

      • natnickeep lm 7 years ago

        I agree about it mostly being a scare tactic, but going on like this might pose a real problem for the future. I think the government is in the wrong in a whole lot of ways. But gosh that is a whole nother lens topic there.

        The government is going to do whatever they can to make more money, even scaring us.

        I think it is affected but maybe not as much as they try to make us think.

      • Bambi Watson 7 years ago

        I think that the whole concept of "Global warming" is just a big scare tactic, fabricated by Governments & the media to keep us all distracted from all the crazy stuff, wars & crimes against humanity they are doing.

        I think that we should be recyc;ing and finding alternative fuels for the right reasons... because fossil fuels are finite and exhaustable, to stop people from killing each other over oil, and because keeping our Planet clean is the right thing to do for future generations.

      For Every Action

      There is an equal and opposite reaction

      From my toddler years my heart still sinks when a tree is cut down. The effect on the environment hits me in the chest. Yet governments around the world are allowing logging of rain forests to continue. Much of the timber is turned into wood chips for the building trade, especially in Japan. What happens when there are no trees?

      Trees make rain and today there is far less moisture falling from the sky as forests are removed and magnificent trees are chipped for industrial purposes or simply cut down and burned to make way for houses. Illegal logging of massive forests, such as those in the Amazon, is changing the ability of the earth to recover.

      Where do you go on a hot day when you are caught outside? Most would rush to stand under the nearest tree. Why? Because that's the coolest spot and it shows that trees cool the earth and stop is from overheating. Without trees the ground becomes very hot, and in some cases too hot to walk on, when heatwaves strike. Hot ground takes a long time to cool down and it doesn't happen overnight. so this is another source of global warming. The more desertification there is the hotter the atmosphere becomes.

      That's why devastating fires are plaguing every country with a huge cost in property and life. Cutting down more trees to increase wealth with or without the support of governments demonstrates how devastating man's thinking really is. Everything has to do with money which is man-made magic that robs everything of life and we are paying the price. Recent observation show many forest trees are dying without obvious cause except drought and climate change.

      In Victoria, Australia, on February 7th 2009, almost 200 people lost their lives in the massive fires called 'Black Saturday'. Over 5000 homes were burned to the ground and entire villages and neighbourhoods were wiped out. Already there are dire warnings of an even worse summer to come.

      Now Al-Qaida is broadcasting instructions to build incendiary devices to start such fires around the globe. This is the new form of terrorism and their goal is mass destruction. It doesn’t matter about anything else as they falsely believe they will live forever in Paradise. This is stupid thinking and one we have put up with for far too long. If there was a heaven up there somewhere we would have found it by now, unless it is strictly located in the imagination only.

      Some Special Aussies

      In the Face of Fire

      Slow movers are doomed

      In January 2005 Canberra, my hometown, was inundated with a massive fire that burned down over 400 homes in the suburbs. One went in my street and my own house was in peril. Our beautiful native animals and birds all perished and the sight of a female koala with burns over her body was almost too much to behold. She was called 'lucky' but, unfortunately, she has recently died.

      Many fires are deliberately lit with arsonists choosing very windy days. So where does this thinking come from? Its murder when people in their path stand no chance. Its terrorism and the devastation goes beyond the present generation and well into the lives of our children, grandchildren and beyond.

      While they are cute and cuddly the koalas cannot escape fire and with the massive blazes impacting on their habitats its hard to see how they can survive in the wild much longer. A recent report has indicated that Australia's bird life is also under threat with the famous kookaburra almost ready for the endangered species list. How can we do that to our glorious animals and the forests they depend on?

      The main cause of fire is, however, drought and lightning which ignites the spasmodic bursts of growth that flourish and die placing more fuel in its path. Southeast Australia, as with parts of America, Europe and Africa are all prone to massive fires. Every one of them increases the atmospheric temperature. These same regions, once rain forests, were largely cleared along with the animals and plants they once protected. Those who clear the forests also burn off the remnants adding more heat to the atmosphere.

      Aircraft, cars, ships and rockets play a huge role in the warming as well and unless we change our lifestyle we deserve what's coming. But that is not up to individuals as those who control the world also control the money and that appears to be more important than life itself.

      The order has now been given with these dire warnings. Canberra, Australia's capital city, will be facing the worst summer ever along with the rest of this corner of the continent. We must vacate our houses as soon as a fire hits. There will be no chance of staying behind to protect it.

      Is Animal Life on Planet Earth Doomed?

      Every animal has its place in the environment. Some are essential for plant growth, others for keeping a natural balance in herds and populations of herbivores, while still others are quietly nestling in trees unable to escape fire or man. Even the insects play their part in seed distribution and forest regrowth.

      Are we wiping out diversity of species through our activity?

      Do you care about what happens to animals?

      Do you care about what happens to animals?

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        • redtailvision 4 years ago

          The Web Of Life - All life depends upon other life and in ways we can not ever know. What we do to the web we do to ourselves.

        • rattie lm 4 years ago

          I think we are, but I saw a program on TV where environmental gardeners are leading a push towards avenue planting (trees along the streets).- a little bit of a bandaid solution but better than nothing.

        • Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

          Yes I do, love them.

        • Miha Gasper 4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

          We are very effective with destroying.

        • Andy 4 years ago from London, England

          Yes, we are wiping out species at a frightening rate.

        • Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

          Loosing diversity is always loosing.

        • anonymous 4 years ago

          yes we are doomed we are DOOMED people. I'm fustrated to my core as i'm writing this. I blame it to the those who are out to get what they want putting aside what is their most important resource of all. that is the mother nature. We as the people we are so money driven that we even forget that we have a planet to save. Im not out tojudge but it is what it is we are killing the earth even with the small paper you think its not big enough to kill a fish. Ohh don't forget pick up that paper under your desk it for the our choildren...ustrated Elethu Nkala(Student)

        • anonymous 4 years ago

          kill all animals

        • anonymous 4 years ago

          living species all play a part in life

        • maryLuu 4 years ago

          Animals and plant are suffering because of the industry and pollution.

        • Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

          Gosh yes how can one not be concerned about what we have done to so very many species.

        • anonymous 5 years ago

          We'll probably "get it" eventually but it may be too late for us. Yes, I care about what happens to animals. We know so much about those that serve as canaries in the mines but we aren't acting to save ourselves in the end.

        • JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

          Almost everything that happens to the animals is partially our fault, whether it is us expanding our cities and rural communities and taking their forests away, or taking an unwanted pet and setting it free in an unnatural environment to flourish and take over the natural habitat that is in that particular area.... we should all take some responsibility.

        • SteveKaye 5 years ago

          Yes. When the animals are gone, we're gone.

        • goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

          unfortunately, yes. on the other hand, nature takes care of itself by reacting to our actions.

        • Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

          Yes, and we'll only care when it's too late. The sickening thing is most people do care but do nothing because it takes a little thought or effort. Then there's one of my own very Christian family members whose response during a discussion on a similar subject was "I don't care about animals, I care about people". I care about both, I don't see why our activities need to wipe out everything else on Earth especially if you believe everything around you is God's creation, why are you happy to see so much of it destroyed and lost forever!? Ugh.

        • Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

          Right now, I live in a little bit of heaven. I feed many birds, deer, racoons, bear, coyotes, fox, badgers, and I don't kill anything on purpose. I hope everyone in their area are doing the same. I feel hurt to the heart when I see what is happening to the animals in many places due to 'natural' causes or by mankind themselves.

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        • Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

          Biodiversity is more than just a word. It is all about how we do not live in isolation. We are all connected -- every species. When one species dies out, we all die a little death. Those deaths add up. Extinction is forever. I perhaps care more than others think is necessary. As far as I am concerned, it is not possible to care too much.

        • Vallygems1 5 years ago

          We are destroying

        • chemrat 6 years ago

          Yes we are,

        • Diana Grant 7 years ago from United Kingdom

          I've noticed in my garden, which backs on to a wide open space that there are far fewer birds than there used to be, and, because of this, far more slugs which decimate my plants, and far more insects which give nasty bites. So even in a small way, I have noticed how the delicate balance of nature has changed over twenty years.

        • Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

          I care about critters on this planet and don't at all like this horrible worldwilde extinction event we're causing-- it's the worst since the dinosaurs were wiped out.

          My one consolation is that I don't think animals are doomed. The fossil record shows that the biosphere has recovered from 95% mass extinctions. I think that we will wipe ourselves out before we wipe out all life on Earth.

          But along with us, we will have taken many wonderful species who don't deserve to go. Life is change, and sooner or later, even the trilobites die out, but I hope we can become better custodians, both for the sake of other species and our own.

        • callinsky lm 7 years ago

          They are more deserving of the earth than we are.

        • anonymous 7 years ago

          yes i care very much about what happens to the animals, i love animals and to see how people taking over THEIR land and where they live make's me feel bad becuse they can't do anything about it and what if we where them and someone did that to us.

        • greenlife17 7 years ago

          yes, thanks to man's greed and selfishness. Without animals humans can't survive. The balance of Nature will prevail, and if that happens then this world will be better off if it doesn't exist at all.

        • MikkiGVee 7 years ago

          Yes, and I am deeply concerned about the effect our "footprint" is making on their existence. I realize the importance of industry and transportation but believe so much more can be done to protect our environment.

        • natnickeep lm 7 years ago

          Yes I care. The animals deserve a place on earth just as well as us. And if we keep killing of the species it will harm us too eventually. Like said they all play their part

        • wilddove6 7 years ago

          I have a lot of concern over Global Warming...particularly how it has been rapidly and unnaturally melting the Polar Ice caps and causing such hardship for animals that rely on frozen sea for months at a stretch to be able to raise young and catch food. People in the north have grave concerns over the ability of these animals to cope.

          Yesterday, an article here in Canada had me in tears....people are seeing Polar bears cannibalizing their own young because they are starving and can't find their normal food resources.

          However, I am equally, if not more so. concerned about the even more rapid destruction that we are facilitating in the oceans, the forests and the environments that we encroach on.

          I truly believe that this is going to push more species to extinction much faster than global warming.

        • Varelli 7 years ago

          I can only think of the bees right now and what could happen if suddenly they were to disappear. But this goes for the animals too.

        • Sojourn 7 years ago

          We've already lost several animals to extinction. We're the only ones to blame.

        • Spook LM 7 years ago

          Of course and I will always do my best. However you did mention that drought and lightning are the main causes of fire. In that scenario, I can not see myself wiping out species through our activity. There have been droughts throughout recorded History, long before any Industry was ever around.

        • Bambi Watson 7 years ago

          I care deeply about Animals, and find saving Animal habitats a far better reason to recycle, conserve & re-use...that the illogical concept of "Global warming"

          Humans also are Animals, when we deplete our resources... humans grow one step closer to extinction

        Hurricane Katrina

        Or do you think the animal populations can be diminished without harm to us?

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          The Warnings Went Unheeded

          Now it could be too late.

          Twenty years ago scientists warned of global warming and they were literally silenced by ridicule and big business. Governments employed scientists to contradict those who were crying out and the status quo remained intact.

          Those who were fighting for the environment were ridiculed, called names, arrested, imprisoned, and many were targeted as drug addicts, worthless unemployed, and hippies, among other things. So who would want to be rated among them? "Not I" said the firebug! "Nor I" said the multimillionaires who are ripping out the forests. "Definitely not me" said the CEO's of big corporations. And so the list went on. Now some of them are finally waking up but is it all too late?

          Fast forward to 3 years ago and hurricane Katrina. This was preceded by hurricane Andrew and many others with devastating effects on several continents. Hundreds killed, homes destroyed and even towns wiped out, as with New Orleans. Recovery is hard and costly and recriminations long and tedious. But who is really to blame? Who picked up the bill? Why the taxpayer of course. The companies responsible for global warming are never considered at fault. yet they are killing the world and doing far more damage than the terrorists and all the wars combined.

          Aside from this kind of loss there is also substantial changes in agricultural regions and crops are failing. The Australian Food Bowl, an area on the Murray River in Southern New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia is on its knees. The water is just not there. Owners are selling up and moving or hanging on to what might be useless land while working at jobs in nearby towns or getting handouts from governments to stay on the land.

          Its all a sorry state of affairs.

          Out of Control Populations

          Why are there so many?

          The world’s population is now over seven billion and increasing at an uncontrollable rate. Still people are having large families and religions and governments are supporting them. The result is massive strain on resources and cities are running out of placed to bury the dead. In the Philippines you get 5 years in a tomb, if you are lucky, and then you are out of the box, out of the grave and put into a sack for your family to dispose of or left as garbage. This is also coming to an area near you, if it isn't already.

          Still religious dogma and misguided ignorance insists on over populations. Most religious leaders forbid family planning, the use of contraceptives and, of course, abortions. But what of the unwanted children born to mothers who simply cannot look after them and to fathers who take off when the going gets tough. While some live in cosy homes with all the advantages many live on the streets and many commit suicide or starve to death. It’s a lovely picture isn't it?

          This family of 6 children is an example. Children born into large families usually end up having large families of their own. If each of these 6 children have 6 children then in one generation the 2 parents are responsible for 36 offspring. If they, in turn, have 6 each then the number rises to 216 in something like as little as 40 years. Where does the stupidity stop and common sense start asking the big question -WHY?

          While infanticide is not an option family planning certainly is. Despite this most of the population are completely ignorant of it and many still do not comprehend the technology behind conception aside from the obvious act of procreation.

          This was borne out in China which has opted for the one child family. The second child is killed if born and parents became obsessed with having male children. This allows foetuses to be aborted once the sex is established. But parents who want large families have migrated to western countries where they are paid, especially in Australia, to have ever more babies.

          The big question is why?

          Why have we got it so wrong?

          The Australian government still forks out $5,000 per child born in this country. Many use this to grow their wealth and children are, consequently, abandoned, abused, murdered, by parents who simply don't want them. The poverty is increasing and the social divide has never been more obvious.

          Children growing up under these circumstances have problems. They may seek attention or retribution and many hate the society that has abandoned and seek to get even. What better way than to go on a shooting rampage, light a fire, turn to drugs, become a criminal or, the newest form of childhood devastation, turn to alcohol.

          Fast cars, fast music, tattoos, spikes all over the face, body, ears and elsewhere, ugly clothes, sex, celebrity, wealth and a non-caring attitude is the example our children are growing up with. Is it any wonder the world is in its present state?

          Overfishing and the Consequences

          Have We Gone Beyond Sustainable Population Growth

          With the number of people dependent on limited resources and the massive exploitation of oceans and land it would appear that we have, but is your take?

          Should we be encouraging multiple birth families?

          Should we limit the number of children per family?

          Should we limit the number of children per family?

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            • redtailvision 4 years ago

              In the end, it will not be our choice. The Earth will take care of this. No matter what we want.

            • rattie lm 4 years ago

              You're probably asking the wrong person!!! But seriously, I don't think any government should control us, but we all need to be educated to realise over-population can't be sustained. I see I need to take a side on this but I don't want to! Ok - limit!!!

            • norma-holt 4 years ago

              @juditpaton: You said it! Yesterday a Moslim lady who is suspected of killing one of her children is pregnant and already has 13 children. Illegal migrants are fleeing overpopulation and bringing the same to their new countries.

            • Iudit Gherghiteanu 4 years ago from Ozun

              we should limit the number of children, parents who can not give good care and education should not have children, China is giving a good example but nobody wants to talk about this. And we should start this control yesterday...

            • anonymous 4 years ago

              people are born killing and are greedy

            • Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

              This can't be mandated but it does need to come about through education. It would be nice if certain groups would stop demonizing contraception in developing countries and for that matter, in those which should know better.

            • kathysart 5 years ago

              I don't think it is reasonable to "regulate" how many children people have. We can only educate and hope that people feel responsible.

            • grafixforacause 6 years ago

              Sustainable starts with our demands and needs. If we each reduce conserve, preserve, I do believe we can make it. But there is a huge disconnect between man and nature.

            • norma-holt 7 years ago

              In heavily overpopulated countries people are stricken with poverty, corruption, lack of resources, mass murder, civil unrest and many other devastating things from which they are fleeing. The USA is subjected to an influx of 10,000 illegals a day, most of whom get through. They are fleeing the situation in their overpopulated poverty stricken countries just as Britain, Europe, Australia and other western countries are. They cram into overpopulated cities built on the only fertile land around in most cases, as in Australia, so the ability for agriculture in continually diminishing. So why should they be encouraged to breed so many children, some as many as 10 or more kids. These kids grow up and need feeding and a share in all finite resources. So get real with the stress from overpopulation. Its unnecessary and will soon be killing us.

            • Quirina 7 years ago

              In my eyes the sheer number of people is not the real problem. The problem is the way they behave. For example, it is certainly not an option that every earth's citizen owns and drives a car. Reasons include: Fuels burned and pollution caused, surface area used up for road and parking space, and there probably are many more...

            Should we allow as many children as they want?

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              • Gardener Don 4 years ago

                Not encouraging, but not limiting either. No Government has any business being in the bedroom. Besides, families now are way smaller than in the past, economics dictate that. You have to be doing pretty well to feed huge families nowadays.

              • Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

                I think limiting the number of children has gone terribly wrong in China. It has led to a disproportionate number of males with no one to marry.

              • CampingmanNW 4 years ago

                The choice should be left to the individual. Multiple births are only encouraged in other nations and by other religions. The average birth rate per family in the United States is under 2 children per family. Roman Catholic or not. Down from 6 or more at the turn of the 20th Century. I believe the more choices we take away from the individuals, the more control the government has.

              • jayavi 4 years ago

                nobody should put rule on this. family should think of this.

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              • Miha Gasper 4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

                We should improve education and responsibility. China has birth regulations and it has many negative consequences.

              • Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

                I don't support any kind of direct regulations coming from governments. It is a proven fact people with higher education and higher living standard will limit the number of children in families without any administrative help. You can easily check this: more hospitals per capita equals less children per family. In developed world we have already not enough children! The trick is to find the balance. We should not have so much difference between developed and undeveloped countries and population will not be a problem.

              • maryLuu 4 years ago

                As long as a family has enough resources to provide a good life for the kids they can have as many children as they want.

              • anonymous 5 years ago

                This is a tough question and I guess having lived in freedom all my life I have a hard time with this. Education is the key but that key should have been put in the door decades ago.

              • Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

                This is a difficult question to answer. I don't believe that any government should regulate the number of children a couple may have. I live in Canada and there is room here to sustain many families. What I do believe is that there is a distribution problem. Most families who migrate to Canada want to live in the cities. Government owned land should be used to house these people and they should be trained to provide for themselves off of the land. It would be a much happier/healthier life for them and would not be a drain on the city communities.

              • FlynntheCat1 6 years ago

                Interestingly, the number of children tends to go down significantly with the level of education. Parents want better quality of life, have less need for 'insurance' because half their kids will die anyway, and women are better educated and have better things to do with their lives than sit around popping out kids.

                Yes, we need fewer people. But those people need to reduce the demands they place on the world, not increase proportionally. Education is probably the only permanent answer, not outside constraints.

              • callinsky lm 7 years ago

                I agree with Quirina. There is plenty of room, it's the way that we handle ourselves that is the problem. I made the choice to have one child. I wouldn't have had anymore. Not that I didn't want anymore. I love children. I just couldn't bring myself to do it because it is hard enough raising one child in the society.

              • Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

                What ever happened to zero growth population? I still run across people with 6 and 8 kids here in America. I do think people should be able to have as many kids as they want -- and can support -- but I think we need to encourage them to have only 2 or 3.

              • MikkiGVee 7 years ago

                I'm not to the point where I feel government should limit the amount of children a couple can have. However, I feel the couple should consider limiting themselves to a number they can realistically provide for....financially, emotionally, physically.

              • Demaw 7 years ago

                People limit the amount of children when they feel the children will live past childhood, when they are educated and see that less children could mean a healthier family. Industrialized countries have as a rule less children than non-industrialized countries.

              • Sojourn 7 years ago

                I do not believe in limiting the number of children a family has. Too many horror stories out of countries that have tried this in the past. We do, however, need to prepare to accommodate an expanding population and look at where and how we should live in the future to both protect ourselves and our planet.

              • Spook LM 7 years ago

                Gee this sure is a tough one. What everybody forgets is that in the past this was done for us. Drought, famine, plagues, typhoons, everything you mentioned here. In Africa, most families still believe this. Therefore you must have large families because of your ten children, only two will live. Consequently what is the point of two and then you have no family. The reason for the surge is the great advances in medicine which now prevents most of these, sad untimely deaths. Must we now ban medicine?

              Collapsing Civilisation

              As the population grows the resources shrink. There is greater demands for less and less food, fresh water, land on which to live, building materials, energy, fuel, clothing, transport, education, medical, dental services and so on. So how long before civilisation as we know it collapses.

              As that happens we wlill see more wars, more terrorism, more illegal migration. As country after country fails through overpopulation, rising sea levels, drought, lack of fresh water and as panic takes over we will see the world burning with unstoppable force.

              As an archaeologist who researched the collapse of past civilizations I can state with certainty that the first thing that happened was a loss of trees, used to build cities and for fire. Next came the loss of water as rainfall declined and the countryside turned into desert. Arizona in the USA is a case in point. It once housed a massive population of indigenous people until the trees ran out and now it is all desert.

              With the loss of water massive wars break out as one society fights another for the rights over the land. Water is the most valuable resource but we are allowing rivers to be poisoned while so-called valuable minerals, like gold, is dug out of the earth. We allow entire hillsides to be denuded of growth and then collapse when the rains do finally come. We don't care that supermarkets are full of junk food that is also poisoning us. We don't care that we are building plastic mountains that the earth cannot deal with and which is killing off huge numbers of animals that we depend on.

              The more humans there are the worse this will become. Can we do anything to stop it? Yes - WAKE UP! Throw off the blindfolds and get real.

              Deforestation and loss of trees might be having a devastating impact?

              If you use paper then use that which does not cost us trees. Take a look at this company's product.

              In almost every country the effect of the loss of forests is obvious. Land is turning to desert, agriculture is suffering, land slips and mud slides are wiping out entire populations from villages to towns, cyclones are increasing, and rain is failing along with the fresh water it provides.

              Do you agree with this statement?

              Do you think that deforestation is contributing to climate change?

              Do you think that deforestation is contributing to climate change?

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                • Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

                  Without trees the earth would not have enough oxygen to sustain human life.

                • CampingmanNW 4 years ago

                  Having grown up in a logging family, I understand the value of trees to our environment. I also know, that trees, like vegetables have a "shelf life" or usable life span. If the tree is being grown for lumber, then it has a definite life span before the wood becomes pulpy and rotten, so it must be harvested before it is no longer viable for anything other than fertilizer for the forest. the reverse of that argument, is that the smaller trees die young, as the larger trees block the sun and the space for their growth. managed tree cutting and replanting is the answer. We are now logging in the Pacific Northwest, trees I helped plant in my teens after we thinned and cut sections of forest. It can be done

                • redtailvision 4 years ago

                  Yes I do, but the effects are far beyond man's comprehension.

                • rattie lm 4 years ago

                  I do.

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                • Miha Gasper 4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

                  Yes, we are losing habitat for many species and we are also destroying the lungs of the planet.

                • Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

                  Losing forests is always losing. But we should know forests have nothing to do with paper. Trees for making paper are grown for paper only. Sure they occupy land and so on, but we are talking about different problems here. And recycling paper is certainly not he answer. yo can easily calculate how much oil is spent only to collect old paper. The right approach is start asking simple questions: Do I need this? Or do i only want this because somebody else told me so?

                • norma-holt 4 years ago

                  @nifwlseirff: It's all about money rather than life or common sense

                • nifwlseirff 4 years ago

                  Absolutely. Removing trees (logging/mining) increases erosion, changes the climate both locally and globally. Not to mention that it greatly impacts wildlife populations. I'm horrified that there are 10 new mines planned for the Tarkine in Tasmania.

                • HarrietC LM 4 years ago

                  The loss of our forests has an obvious effect on the environment and yet many seem to disregard this. In my city, a big corporation has decided to cut down more than 40 Pine and Alnus trees just to build a commercial building and a parking lot. Many of us protested and the cutting stopped, still, the corporation is pushing for the cutting of the trees to push through. It's sad...

                • anonymous 4 years ago

                  Trees give us oxygen , but some people do not see this! Cars give us Carbon Dioxide,but some believe in cutting down trees and breathing Carbon Dioxide!

                • maryLuu 4 years ago

                  Without the trees we are damned.

                • anonymous 5 years ago

                  Deforestation has a major impact on climate change.

                • goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                  100% sure. trees exhale oxygen and inhale co2. when there are less trees, less oxygen in our atmosphere but more co2.

                • kathysart 5 years ago

                  Of course

                • anonymous 6 years ago

                  So the Bible's prediction is coming sooner then you think.

                • callinsky lm 7 years ago

                  We need to use paper alternatives whenever we can.

                • anonymous 7 years ago

                  i no that we use trees for so many things like paper and wood but we have to try to save some of the tree because without them we can't live.

                  i always see people cuting down trees that are on there yard, and it makes me sick because why would they do that just because its on ur yard and u don't like it there.

                • wilddove6 7 years ago

                  I live in an area where unsustainable logging practices have literally pushed wild salmon stocks to the brink of collapse....and it's nothing compared to what goes on in "unregulated" forests like that Amazon and the northern boreal forest that are the "lungs" of this planet.

                • Varelli 7 years ago

                  Definitely! And if deforestation will continue at this alarming speed and intensity I don't want to think what we will get out of this...

                • Demaw 7 years ago

                  Yes, do we understand the earth can continue existing without us but we can't continue without the earth.

                • Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

                  Yes, for all the reasons you mentioned.

                • Spook LM 7 years ago

                  Yes, it has to be a cause.

                • Bambi Watson 7 years ago

                  Okay, there wasn't an option for my answer... but NO, I do not believe Deforestation has any connection to climate change... but, trees are very important and humankind cannot survive without them...

                  Loss of trees is devestating to our planet for numerous "real" reasons... deforestation causes lost of habitat for animals, loss of oxyhen for all of us & definitely contributes to pollution, which affects us all... legalizing commercial Hemp would save thousands of trees, almost everything we use wood for can be done with Hemp.

                Do you think that trees are just a pain in the neck and we can live without them?

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                  Greed Versus Life

                  How foolish are we?

                  If there is anything true about man's behavior it is that the foolish things are the most precious to him. The most foolish of all is money and the wise are those without it.

                  Greed is the basis of power and religions, governments, and businesses. Those who seek power do so at the expense of life itself. In their minds it does not matter how much we fish out the oceans and how much we discard when it is not sold or consumed. As long as they make a profit. It does not matter how many forests are cut down and how people in the path of major landslides, floods and earthquakes survive or how many die, as long as they make a profit. It does not matter how dumb and stupid we make our children by allowing drugs, alcohol, fast cars, money and lust to pervade their world, as long as they make a profit. It does not matter how we destroy each other when something happens we do not agree with, as long as they make a profit. All that matters is money and this is protected in the name of jobs and progress, governments and religion.

                  Oh dear! How far we have come from the normal path of greatness. For millions of years the forests and oceans gave life in the form of animals and plants, They protected life through thick canopies and caves that sheltered life, provided warmth to mammals, gave food and medicines to those within the boundaries and protected the land for what it is, mother earth. Destroy it and you kill all life.

                  Because kings took our hearts and minds away, changed our world into make-believe in which they purported to be gods, along with other lies, we live with the consequences. They introduced so-called faith and dedication to their dreams through violence, wars and class systems and words like 'blasphemy', 'faith' and 'male gods' came into being. They required gold and jewels so they could look like the reflecting sun and we flounder in the mess of their doing, which was linked to power and control for them and their kind.

                  We have destroyed what we were dependent upon and now we are almost on our own to survive. But man is not God and nor can man create life. Nor is God a man because no man is a creator, organizer, manager or worthwhile dealer for all. Only Mother Earth can do that and she is struggling under the burden we have placed upon her. WAKE UP!

                  Make Believe Versus reality

                  Kings needed people to pay taxes, die on battle fields, and increase the size of their realms. They formulated religions to capture the 'spirit' of those who believed the lies and thought their king a god. This is borne out in every ancient civilization from the Chinese to the Egyptians, from the Persians to the Maya, from Europe to the Americas and everywhere in between.

                  Poverty and wealth are the main weapons of kingship. Those who dream of being rich are captured by notions that they will be rich beyond measure in the after-life. They hung their hopes on promises that their king, for whom they enslaved themselves and even died for, would be the ruler in a place called heaven. If they served him well and gave their lives in battle they would be rewarded with all they could dream of afterwards. This is recorded in codices (books) of the Maya, in Egyptian tombs and elsewhere.

                  Religious leaders, who knew of the danger of these works, sought to destroy them but they could not destroy the language and this is what I used to piece the past behavior and promises together. In every word we speak there is a record of the earliest concepts of religion and the lies it generated.

                  This is still the basis of religions today. People dream of the after-life and the rewards of this unfounded paradise that will give them everything they want. It's a ploy and we are killing the world because of the lies. Most people don't care if the world dies because they believe the devil is doing it and not themselves.

                  Recently I heard someone state that "humans walk through life backwards with their eyes in blindfolds" and I could not agree more. You expect your leaders to tell you the truth, but they don't. You expect your priest is in contact with God, but he isn't. You think that heaven is waiting for you if you suffer everything put before you in life, but it isn't.

                  There is no heaven or hell, no devil, angels or saints and certainly no paradise beyond the grave. If you want more evidence to this read my site about the hell people go through on earth to get to heaven and this one that gives irrefutable evidence on how people are deceived by kings. Books are available here as well.

                  With full memory of my reincarnation noted on this site the pain that such lies cause the human population is almost too much to bear. If people knew that they will come back to the mess they leave behind they might want to clean it up and they would certainly be changing their lifestyles.

                  You Can Make a Difference

                  Change your lifestyle and look to the future

                  Stop dependency on environment destroyers.

                  Forests have been removed so that houses can be built. These are the same homes in which we live. It stands to reason, therefore, that we should plant trees around them to replace those removed for the construction. Trees and shrubs also give oxygen to breath, absorb carbon dioxide and will add shade and protection from harsh weather. That will make heaters and air conditions almost unnecessary. Trees make rain so you will be helping to stop the drought that seems to be gripping a large part of the world by doing this simple act of contributing.

                  Next grow your own vegetables and enjoy the wonderful flavor and value of them. The land on which you dwell is great farmland. By growing your own fruit and vegetables you can have produce all year round. Make your own pickles, jams, preserves and so on. Six months after I picked them I still enjoy wonderful delicious apples from my trees, bottled peaches and tomatoes from the garden, I have my own dill cucumbers and beans, and jam that almost fills my cupboards to overflowing. With a garden you can pick as you require herbs, vegies, and fruit and you will help to prevent the devastation that makes agriculture so important that we are killing our world to let it happen.

                  Gardening is also great exercise eliminating the need for gyms and other artificial forms of activity. What are you waiting for? A recent figure revealed that 95% of once forested land is now used for agriculture. But that land has problems. Salt is rising into it, deserts are encroaching it, as in Northern China, and drought is making it difficult for farmers to survive.

                  What is Happening to the Planet?

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                    • mattcut 4 years ago

                      Of course, but to spend my time being concerned with something that ultimately just worries me is a bit of a sticky thing. How can I promote real change NOW ? That's what I would like to spend my energy on

                    • redtailvision 4 years ago

                      Global warming is a natural cycle, but this time man has his hand in it. Scientific evidence is plentiful. In short we are not killing the Earth, the Earth will remain and recover. We just won't be a part of the recovery due to our own actions.

                    • Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

                      The one doesn'e exclude the other.

                      No nation owns in absolute right the territory it governs. The earth belongs to God the Creator of it, and it is only by his sufferance that nations are occupying His territory, his possession. They are responsible to him for the way they manage the earth. The governments over the various parts of the earth and its people hold a communal responsibility to the Creator, especially those governments which claim to be Christian or which have renounced Christianity. He holds them responsible, just as he did ancient Sodom and Gomorrah upon which he rained down fire and brimstone. The appointed times of the nations for world domination expired in 1914. He has notified them of this by his witnesses who proclaim the setting up of his kingdom by Christ. Therefore it would be the right thing for the nations, especially those of Christendom, to pay back to God his things and yield over their territory and their sovereignty to him and his Christ. But Caesar refuses to bow to this right course. All the nations selfishly choose to perpetuate Caesar and to exploit Gods property, the earthly globe, and to ruin it and its populations. As pictured by the ten kings, they prefer to fulfill Revelation 17:12-14 (NW): These have one purpose, and so they give their power and authority to the wild beast. These will battle with the Lamb, but, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, the Lamb will conquer them. Also those called and chosen and faithful with him will do so.

                    • Bambi Watson 7 years ago

                      There is no proof of any real climate change, the scientific community has been adament that the .001% climate change that it has taken 10,000 years to occur, is normal... for Global warming to be real, our climate would have to actually change... and there just is no real scientific evidence of that happening...

                      there are so many real reasons why we should be working to keep our planet clean, recycle & re-use, find alternatives to fossil fuels & legalize commercial hemp... Our planet is not in crisis from some imaginart climate change... it's in crisis because humans are greedy, dirty little piggies & want to blame everything but themselves for the problems

                    • puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

                      From the many opinions I've read, the earth goes through warming and cooling patterns. Are humans to "blame"? In large part I say "no".

                      Any time I read an article that aims at making humans feel "guilty" - red flags are raised. There is evil and there is good and you cannot lump them all together.

                    Do you believe the changes in weather patterns are due to global warming?

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                      • rattie lm 4 years ago

                        Oh my goodness. Where do I start??? It's my passion. It's everything I teach. Thanks for a well-researched lens.

                      • Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

                        Yes, we need to stop it.

                      • Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

                        I just had a conversation with a friend about this issues. He blamed the economy for the problems (not just global warming) around and i blamed something much more simple. Greed.

                        We all have it inside us. The question is, can we control it?

                      • anonymous 4 years ago

                        Of Course People are CANCER to the Earth

                      • maryLuu 4 years ago

                        I think that we are destroying our Mother Planet and we should do more to protect it.

                      • anonymous 5 years ago

                        Those of us living in the north country have just enjoyed a very mild winter and now an unusually hot summer, one follows the other. We just can't keep our heads in the sand forever.

                      • SteveKaye 5 years ago

                        There is abundant proof that human activity is causing global warming. And 99% of the scientists who study this agree that human activity is causing global warming. Sadly, the fuel industries have managed to fool people by discrediting science.

                        This by the way, is the same tactic that the cigarette companies used to counter proof that tobacco caused cancer.

                      • goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                        i try to do my part by starting to recycle at home.

                      • Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

                        I may not be concerned for myself. We have things pretty good. I do know what I have witnessed first hand though. The iceshed in the north is melting at an alarming rate. Far faster than predicted. Our own area here has had very little snow this year and the fear is that unless we get steady rain during the summer we will turn into the dessert it threatens to become.

                      • Quirina 7 years ago

                        I am not a climatologist, so I cannot judge on the value of the real or make-belief evidence around. But I see no reason to mistrust these scientists. And so I am convinced that climate change has started to happen and will gain momentum. I do not care about blaming mankind for it, though. I think the relevant question is whether a change in our behaviour, like consuming less energy, would improve the situation. I think it might and so we should try that.

                      • religions7 7 years ago

                        Most scientists are agreed that changes in weather patterns have many factors, but that human intervention is a main one. In other words: Yes, we're spoiling it for ourselves.

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                          sheriangell 3 years ago

                          I think Earth is systematically being dismantled and destroyed bit by bit all in the name of money. Thank you for this labor of love.

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                          Lionrhod 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

                          Fantastic lens! Thank you much for writing it. I'll be linking! Tried entering the duel, but the duel module isn't working for me today on ANY page. Keep up the needed work!

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                          Dorian Bodnariuc 3 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

                          I loved your lens, is written with passion, and it is about such a hot subject. Indeed, we as a species, need to change our ways.

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                          Vikki 4 years ago from US

                          Very thought provoking and informative!

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                          Gardener Don 4 years ago

                          You certainly write a lens that makes one think. However I did get a chuckle out of your:

                          "Next grow your own vegetables and enjoy the wonderful flavor and value of them. The land on which you dwell is great farmland. By growing your own fruit and vegetables you can have produce all year round. Make your own pickles, jams, preserves and so on." assertion.

                          Try telling that to some resident of a high rise in Tokyo, or an inner city family in the concrete ghetto of Detroit. We have a duty to help feed them, but in an environmentally sustainable way. That's why I am so bewildered as how most "environmentalists" that are (rightly so) so passionate about stopping deforestation for farmland, yet so against the world producing more food on the land it currently farms, by the use of GMO's to boost production.

                          But that's probably a subject for a whole new lens!

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                          Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

                          Very well written and researched. We humans have really made a mess of this beautiful planet. We are the only animals that spoil our own nest.

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                          norma-holt 4 years ago

                          @CampingmanNW: Nice to see you here and glad you got something from it. Hugs

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                          CampingmanNW 4 years ago

                          I enjoyed this lens a lot. Thank you once again for a timely and thought provoking subject

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                          norma-holt 4 years ago

                          @jayavi: Thank you for your visit and like

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                          jayavi 4 years ago

                          i like this lens very much ! you chosen a right topic fo today.

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                          norma-holt 4 years ago

                          @Sylvestermouse: Many thanks for your visit and blessing, you are a wonderful squid and a perfect angel.

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                          redtailvision 4 years ago

                          Great lens.

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                          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

                          Wishing you a lovely Valentine's Day filled with tons of blessings including refreshing this one!

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                          rattie lm 4 years ago

                          Great lens! I can see we share similar sentiments.

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                          Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

                          Yes, well done. Blessed by Squid Angel flinnie.

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                          Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

                          A very thought provoking impressive lens!

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                          Miha Gasper 4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

                          A lot of open questions. Will we find the answer?

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                          Andy 4 years ago from London, England

                          Very good and thought provoking.

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                          Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

                          I like the provocative tone of this lens. I hope a lot of people will rad it and start thinking with their own heads.

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                          Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

                          Great lens, all very true. I will leave it as that. If Only... Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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                          norma-holt 4 years ago

                          @Jo-Jackson: I feel the same. We should probably start writing and making them aware of what the future will be like. Hugs

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                          Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

                          I can't understand why the government pays people to have children. It makes no sense.

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                          alexilady lm 4 years ago

                          Excellent lens. I think the planet goes through natural cycles regardless of what we do.

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                          HarrietC LM 4 years ago

                          We humans consider ourselves the most intelligent creatures to ever walk this Earth, but then look at what we're doing to it.

                          I have added this truly moving lens to my lensography.

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                          norma-holt 4 years ago

                          @anonymous: Your visits are loved and your blessings greatly appreciated. Hugs

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                          anonymous 4 years ago

                          I am pleased to be able to return to this excellent global awareness teaching with fresh angel dust...for a better world!

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                          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

                          Returning to refresh Happy Halloween blessings to you!

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                          Takkhis 4 years ago

                          Thanks for writing this lens on important subject.

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                          sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

                          Preventing Pollution is a major global concern because of pollutions ruinous effects on the individuals well-being and the living conditions. Each one of us has something to provide an effective pollution prevention alertness plan. You have done a great job here.

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                          LizardKing3 4 years ago

                          Liked the lens, gives you a lot to think about.

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                          Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

                          I think I wish that Harper could have his eyes opened to global warming and what he is proposing for the environment in his policies. Very sad legacy.

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                          Suzi63 5 years ago

                          Eye opening lens, things we all know but many ignore. I believe it all comes down to ourselves, "If you want to change the world you first have to start with yourself" if enough do this then big industry will follow the trends.

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                          potovanja 5 years ago

                          We definitely must do something to prevent our world from disasters. Many goverments don't aware about this major problem. Thank yoo great great lens

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                          anonymous 5 years ago

                          Shouted this gem on FB.

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                          anonymous 5 years ago

                          A very sobering presentation of the fix we've gotten ourselves into....guess what we have called progress has not been progress in so many ways. My head is spinning!

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                          JoshK47 5 years ago

                          A very well put together lens about a very, very important subject - thanks for sharing this with us. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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                          JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

                          This is an easy question... we are all responsible. It is up to us as individuals to do what we can in our life to help the environment (no matter how small it is) every little bit helps and counts. If we just lay down and say "what I'm doing doesn't matter" then yes, by all means it won't matter... if everyone does a little bit, it will make a huge different as a whole.


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                          SteveKaye 5 years ago

                          I worked with scientists at Gulf Oil's research lab who were talking about global warming in 1977. This is old science. It's a shame that anyone would lie about it today. Thank you for publishing this lens. Wish you the best.

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                          goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                          this lens is an eye-opener. i couldn't leave my blurb in one because it spins and spins and spins. blessings.

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                          anonymous 5 years ago

                          Love the heartfelt thoughts behind this wonderful lens! If only we cared for the environment...

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                          Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

                          A very important issue which sadly, gets talked about a lot and acted on very little. Is it going to affect me much? Probably not, I expect I'll be dead and buried before the impact really takes effect and I guess that's the problem. It's hard for people to care when their natural selfishness says they can live it up and pass the buck on to a generation or two hence. I'm as guilty as the next guy. I do a bit, but there's so much more I could be doing and don't.

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                          Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

                          Indeed as these issues have to be discussed and understood better.

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                          MobileAppMan 5 years ago

                          Thank you. So few really care or do anything for our mother earth.

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                          Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

                          Angel blessed for full coverage on this most important subject.

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                          kathysart 5 years ago

                          This is such an important subject and you really outdid yourself with your presentation.. wow, excellent. Thank you! Angel blessed.

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                          MargoPArrowsmith 5 years ago

                          awful stuff

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                          GetFactsnotHype 6 years ago

                          Hi, I added this page, Killing the World to my page under related lenses using the discovery toolbar (on the right hand side). I also revised my lens a lot !

                          You can see it here it on Is Green Earth Biblical? It's the 1st in a series of myths - some being fact while others being absolute myth.

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                          grafixforacause 6 years ago

                          Really enjoyed your lens. Some great issues were featured.

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                          anonymous 6 years ago

                          Of all the theories, the nature is a big mystery to the scientists. We tend to claim that we understand the nature, while all the time the utmost we can so is predict and that too, not correctly. Weather forecast hoax is the greatest examples of our power and predictions. That is, not to say that technolgoy has not advanced, we still are not capable to understand the planet earth completely. That's why we should conserve our finite resources judiciously.

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                          ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

                          Your writing is so to the point. While pursuit of money is the objective, no good can come of it.

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                          Krafick 6 years ago

                          Thank you for thinking about our planet.

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                          irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

                          YOU really bring out difficulties that cannot be answered with a simple yes or now. The whole issue is more of devine nature. I have lensrolled to my lens about Planet earth and one about Svalbard. Thanks for adding my lens about Polar world. It is amazing too.

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                          chemrat 6 years ago

                          Lensrolled at solarpowerlens and the group Sustainability.

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                          norma-holt 6 years ago

                          @Icebox22: That is fascinating. I had not heard about that but I think 2012 is certainly close to the end.

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                          ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

                          KEEP ON WRITING!

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                          Icebox22 6 years ago

                          Near Japan, Yonaguni underwater structures that were said to be around 12,000 years old, had writings about 2012 End of the World, and talked about global warming.

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                          callinsky lm 7 years ago

                          I adore it. Thank you so much for tackling such a tough subject. Bravo

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                          modz 7 years ago

                          Great job, very good information we need to know

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                          Brewsterboy 7 years ago

                          Great lens! Very up-to-date and a subject that we all should embrace.

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                          Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

                          Excellent lens. I hope it makes people think before they have more kids or buy something they really don't need.

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                          Christene-S 7 years ago

                          Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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                          anonymous 7 years ago

                          Yes, I like this lens, because it asks good questions that will make people think twice about pollution and the environment. Good marks my friend.

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                          MikkiGVee 7 years ago

                          Intelligent and thought-provoking! This lens should be required reading for all political hopefuls...and the questions answered for all "successful" candidates

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                          Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

                          Thank you for speaking out. I am concerned about these topics. Over population has been a concern of mine for a long time. Awareness and education is the answer. We can solve those enormous problems. First the majority has to agree that the problems do exist. It is amazing how some thinkers just do not see or are always saying that the powers are fooling us.

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                          thesuccess2 7 years ago

                          Wow what a great lens 5*. All I know is that the weather is all messed up now, when I see butterflies in our garden in January something is wrong.

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                          ToniCorset 7 years ago

                          Thought provoking and provocative. You put heart and soul into this lens, and it shows. :)

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                          natnickeep lm 7 years ago

                          Yes this was a wonderful and educational lens. Thanks so much for all of your hard work here. This is one of those lenses that really makes you think.

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                          norma-holt 7 years ago

                          @Spook LM: Thanks for the blessing Spook, really appreciate it.

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                          wilddove6 7 years ago

                          Very well done. You didn't shy away from the controversial topics, and your questions are thought provoking!

                          Wing high five!

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                          Spook LM 7 years ago

                          Merry Xmas to you and yours. Ha, late to the party as usual. Blessed by an Angel.

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                          Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

                          Very well done lens on an important topic! Squid angel blessings to you.

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                          Varelli 7 years ago

                          I really like this lens. Great work for 5*.

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                          Demaw 7 years ago

                          Very important lens, the earth is a finite place, if we ruin it for ourselves by making it a giant toxic dump, the plant life and other animal life will suffer the consequences. 5*

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                          Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

                          Excellent lens. Blessed by a Squidoo Angel (if you want, you can add your link at Angel Blessings from Pukeko)

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                          Seeking Pearls 7 years ago from Pueblo West

                          This lens is excellent with well written and controversial content. Most definitely an interesting and thought provoking read.

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                          Sojourn 7 years ago

                          Wow! A very thought-provoking lens filled with information. I actually enjoyed the questions. You made them difficult to answer with a simple yes/no requiring thought - always a good exercise for me. Very well done!

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                          BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

                          Wow! Lots to think about and the consequences of our actions spelled out very well. I've rated this lens 5 stars and Fav. :D Thanks for visiting my lens My Chocolate Labradors Bad Eating and other Dog Habits. SoyCandleLover-Maker

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                          Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

                          Great lens! Good job on bringing out all these points. You clearly care and that's important! I don't think the issues are straightforward, but it is clear that human beings have gone off on the wrong track, selfish greed above all else, and we are now reaping the results of that. Hopefully though there are plenty of good people around and we'll get it right yet!

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                          Spook LM 7 years ago

                          Excellent lens, right up my street. Enjoyed it. Lot of tough calls.

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                          Bambi Watson 7 years ago

                          Great lens, lots of fun... I personally believe that "Global Warming" is a big scam.. there are just so many real and factual reasons for us to be recycling, re-using & conserving like loss of Animal habitats, loss of clean water sources, limited supplies of fossil fuels... We need to start concentrating our efforts on saving our planet for the right reasons... and quit wasting time & money indulging in the Government's scare tactics of keeping us distracted from real issues by blaming "Global warming"

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                          puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

                          Even though I disagree with you on several issues, I'm giving you 5 stars because you're so passionate about it. For each of your arguments and accompanying information, there are equal and opposite points of view and I try to listen to them all, step back and form my own opinions. I take it all with a grain of salt because many numbers and "facts" are put forth and most times facts aren't accurate or they are skewed (not talking about your info specifically - mostly the general media).

                          I'm glad you've started this duel - there are many subjects to be discussed.

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                          Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

                          Wow, that's some lens! Definitely very passionate. Speaking for myself, I majored in Environmental Conservation in college, going in a definite "tree-hugger" and coming out with a much more well-rounded understanding of complex issues such as those you've touched upon. Definitely not black-and-white in most cases, and, sometimes, the more you know, the more gray those issues become. It's also amazing how the media focuses on just partial truths. On the other hand, it would take much more than 3-minute news clips to adequately educate people on all of the details. At any rate, I agree that overpopulation is a major problem, and I too am not a "fan" of people having large families.

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                          Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

                          Nicely done, blessed by a SquidAngel & lensrolled to Earth The Movie ~~ DisneyNature Films CAN Help Save Planet Earth....

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                          Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

                          Important topic and handled excellent! Blessed by an Angel!

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                          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

                          This is certainly a wonderful lens. I can definitely "read" your passion in it. The problems are so overwhelming though that it makes me a bit depressed to recognize my own inability to make a significant difference. Making people aware, as you are doing, is a really good place to start. Making people care is much harder. I commend you efforts at trying to make a difference.

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                          luvmyludwig lm 7 years ago

                          This lens is very well done, your passion shines.

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                          ulla_hennig 7 years ago

                          A great lens with a lot of information!

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                          religions7 7 years ago

                          Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :) Do please work on your module titles though...