Who do we think we are? This is such a beautiful world we live in but we can’t manage to get things right. The article by Fiona Harvey, an environmental correspondent at The Guardian, discusses how humans are damaging the environment faster than it can recover. I would like to offer this: we are responsible for the damages caused by us. With all the scientists and intelligence throughout this beautiful world of ours, we should be able to increase awareness in all languages on the damages we are causing to our environment. Sustainability is a growing profession we should be pursuing in all our institutions, finding ways to reuse water and economize on energy. As the article said, irrigation water should be better sustained. The lowering of global warming through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture should also be a priority over profit. Developing countries need help in dealing with waste which ends up in our seas and oceans. The same water supports millions of fish, and their food. Here is another problem to solve: preventing the burning of solid waste, what! We are so advanced in technology we should be able to come up with innovative ways to care for our beautiful world. With these problems and a growing population we could be in for self-destruction if we do not act now. By conserving resources, making new ways of production, and keeping natural consumption we can prolong a beautiful world that will last forever.
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Yes! Radical action is needed, and fast. However, I’d like to think a little more optimistically than a doomsday scenario. Environmental Scientists are making breakthroughs that are very exciting and give me some hope that technological innovation can help save us from climate change. Researchers from Columbia University have successfully sequestered carbon and it mineralized under the ground in Iceland. Some ideas may sound crazy now- such as using reflectors to offset light radiation, but maybe one innovation will be the key to reversing the damage and demonstrating that ‘green’ technologies can be both helpful for the environment and also profitable.