What is Global Habitat Destruction?

Global Habitat Destruction



Photo Credit: Polar Bear on Ice Flow


Polar Bear in Alaska

Habitat destruction is happening slowly in the world around us.

And it’s happening in so many ways, both large and small. The term global habitat destruction as it is used here is simply a reference to the sum of all of these smaller parts,- the sum total of all the different ways we are polluting our land, and water, and atmosphere, and how all of these individual impacts add up to one big impact, and damage our habitat on a global scale.

In the preceding articles on global warming we’ve covered some of the more basic questions a person might have, such as, “What is global warming?” and, What are greenhouse gases?

We’ve also talked about the meanings and differences that different word choices have in the article, “Global warming or climate change?” And we also discussed the role that trees play with the basic question, What is deforestation?

Lastly,- we touched upon the impact of agriculture and agricultural pollution with the article, “What is the relationship between agriculture and climate change?

If you have gained one bit of insight from this six-part series introduction on global warming, it is my hope as the author that you are seeing that the issues involved are extremely complex, and intertwined with a broad range of lifestyle connections and personal choices,- forever linked with the challenges of providing transportation for, as well as feeding, an ever-growing human population.

Global warming has a multi-faceted relationship, connecting our actions and lifestyles with our environment, beginning with each of us as individuals, and extending from ourselves out to our cities and states, our nations, as well as the entire world.

Lessons Learned.

As I was a child growing up, and later on as a young adult, and even now as an older adult, I remember at each phase of life, reading about and hearing references in the media to different terms and catch phrases.

For example, there was a time when I heard a lot about ‘acid rain’ in the news..

Then there was the ever-prevalent discussion about the ‘hole in the ozone layer.’ And the hope now that we have found a solution…

But most recently, for the last couple of decades really, there are constant references in the media, and a never-ending flow of articles online about the issues of global warming and climate change.

The role of science is to break things down, and examine reality piece by piece. Then, as scientists examine the pieces, they try to put them back together to see the bigger picture.

As far as that situation goes, there are many categories featured in the environmental sciences,- for example there is ‘air pollution,’ and ‘water pollution,’ and ‘plastic pollution,’ ‘agricultural pollution,’ ‘loss of biodiversity,’ ‘carbon footprint,’ and ‘soil degradation,’ – and that’s just to name a few! There are many environmental topics currently under discussion in our colleges and universities, and being examined by the scientific community…

As far as the media focus of these topics goes, it seems to me that the media attention goes through stages, according to whatever is the hot topic of the day!

But the truth is, as every scientist knows, there is no separating these categories!

Whatever goes into the air, or the land, gets into the water. And vice-versa! It’s all inter-connected.

And while the issues that these types of words refer to are ever-present and all-important issues, the hype surrounding them tends to be ephemeral. It comes and goes according to whatever works best in grabbing attention in the headlines of the day.

What does it all boil down to?

This website is not here as an attempt at fear-mongering. This is an attempt to point out something that is headed our way. Something that is simply obvious and if we don’t pay attention,- it’s going to hit us.

Like a speeding train.

I’m just a simple kind of guy, and as I’ve said before, I’m trying to pass along a simple kind of message.

Metaphorically speaking,- the people of my generation, just like every generation before us, are spending our days sitting on a set of railroad tracks with our heads down.

We are looking at our phones, checking our graphs, making our retirement plans, paying our bills, mowing our lawns and trimming our hedges, and all-in all, doing well in keeping up with the Joneses!

We see the headlight from a train approaching in the distance, but we are carrying on, playing our games on the tracks and acting as if that train is never going to get here… We are in no hurry to jump off the tracks!

Labels.

At the end of the day, if I could have my wish it would be that I like this site to be a reminder that these words and categories are all basically labels, describing symptoms all pointing to one over-riding theme,- a consequence of ‘global habitat destruction.’

And no matter what label is attached to the individual symptoms, I encourage you to always think of them globally. They are all the product of the same world-view, of seeing our world as a resource. Extracting and burning producing and manufacturing, and using our land, air, and oceans as an unlimited resource, and a bottomless trashcan receptacle to receive our waste.

The Results.

The end result of this world-view is an infinite number of different symptoms and effects, including air pollution, water pollution, and plastic pollution, and in terms of global warming and climate change, an impact both on rainfall and weather patterns, including extreme weather events ranging from heat waves, to droughts, to forest fires, to hurricanes, the melting of ice caps and glaciers, and the rising of sea levels.

With an untold number of additional side effects on our health, such as cancer, heart and lung-disease, and even depression.

Be The Change!

We can break this world-view!

Solving our environmental pollution problems and the issue of global warming by replacing fossil fuels with clean energy, as well as improving our existing agricultural practices are arguably some of the most daunting challenges the human race has ever faced. But yet, what are the answers? Are they all here, right before our eyes?

What’s Next?

In moving forward, the focus of this site will always be on the ways that you, as an individual, can overcome the feeling of ‘powerlessness’ and ‘helplessness’ in the world. With a focus on ways that you can vitally contribute towards a solution to the pollution and global warming problem, and make a move towards sustainability. The model being promoted here is always that you can make a difference! And don’t let anyone, or anything, tell you that you can’t!

Stay Connected.

To stay informed of updates, as well as to leave your own comments, suggestions, and ideas, you are invited to share, connect, and follow updates using the social media links.

What’s coming next is the list of top ways you can personally pitch in to help save the environment. The hope is to create something that will be a little different than the hundreds of lists you’ve read before!

I look forward to seeing you again as new material is added to the site! Thank you for taking the time to visit and listen,..

Story by John Edwards
www.savetheenvironment.com

Photo Credit: Nasa Explorer 1

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