Essay Are We 're Headed For And Environmental Disaster?

1931 Words Jul 23rd, 2015 8 Pages
Many say that at the current rate of development, we 're headed for and environmental disaster. Is this correct? Have humans really destroyed, pillaged, and polluted enough to cause a serious, wide scale, disaster? If not, then should we continue forward without changing our way of living? All of these questions hold great pertinence for our current situation.

Humans don 't exactly hold the best track record for environmental protection and preservation. Throughout time we have exploited nature and its creatures for our own benefit. We have made technological advances that threaten and disrupt the environment with total disregard for that fact. We took slipshod short cuts that are now catching up to us today, and we can think of no available alternatives that will remedy the problem quickly and usefully.

We have developed a huge and thriving society; and in the process we deforest huge sections of land for living and livestock grazing. This decreases oxygen and increases carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; possibly adding to global warming though the greenhouse effect. This mass population produces mass amounts of waste, so to deal with that we just throw it into the ground, which in turn contaminates our water supply and contributes to further deforestation. We develop motorized transportation; and then burn non-renewable fossil fuels that put lead, carbon monoxide, sulfur and nitrogen oxides, ozone, excess carbon dioxide, and other harmful particulates into…

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