Warm winters, loss of habitats, extreme weather conditions, soil erosion, and animals killed by plastic waste, are all examples of an ever more fragile ecosystem. These problems have become so huge that we humans cannot bury our heads in the sands and pretend they don’t exist. For the first time in the history of mankind, the damage we’ve done to nature comes back to bite us in the rear. Aren’t we the primary culprit of ecological disasters?
Climate change deniers are quick to protest that there was precedent to global warming and receding polar ice caps. Politicians are also quick to point fingers amongst themselves, arguing about who should cut down their national carbon emissions. As a society, people are failing miserably to conclude that we are the problem, i.e. our excessive hunger to consume more, our reckless and detrimental production methods, and our ignorance of the subject matter.
Thus A three-step approach can be proposed to deal with the problem on a personal level.
First, get educated. Both the individual and the public have the duty to build a cleaner and greener society. More funding for public education on environmental issues to help the public identify harmful and beneficial behaviors: plastic recycling, green commuting etc. Individuals can also take the initiative to learn as well.
Second, curb excessive consumption. The rampant consumerism and capitalism have over-exploit our natural resources.
Third, cleaner production methods. Cleaner production methods come in three ways: greener energy consumption, less waste created, and neutralizing of wastewater and gas.
In conclusion, humans must recognize the disastrous effects of environmental damage and take action to help save the planet and ourselves.