Who Owns Earth?

Society today is currently facing many issues. Some of these issues include economics, social acceptance, and the environment. Although the other two issues prove to be important, the environment has been a struggle humans have been battling for years. After the industrial revolutions, the technological progress people began to make was instrumental. Human society began to progress with intense speed and continues to do so to this day. However, while the progress may be beneficial to humans, it is destroying our Earth. Chemicals are constantly being release into our atmosphere creating many problems such as a hole in the Ozone layer and high amounts of CO2. This is extremely harmful to the environment and adversely impacts those, humans, animals, and plants, who live in it. In the 1950s, Rachel Carson wrote a book called Silent Spring, which highlighted the issue of DDT and other harmful affects to the environment. She states that while humans are using DDT to benefit themselves, it is having extreme affects on the environment. If one species were to go extinct due to a chemical such as DDT, not only does it impact that species, but it also impacts those around it who are dependent upon it. Species depend on each other to survive and with humans imposing on nature in ways such as using insecticides, we are causing a detrimental impact on our earth. Carson states, “the most alarming of all man’s assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and even lethal materials” (Carson 6). Despite the fact that this book was written in the 1950s, specifically about DDT, which is no longer used in America, the issues Carson addresses can be applied to the issues today. One of the main purposes of Carson’s book is to make people more aware of the effects of the chemical they are using. “Much of the necessary knowledge is now available,” but people are not using what they know to find solutions; instead, people are simply ignoring the problem (Carson 11). Unfortunately for us humans, our selfish acts will literally be the death of us. Because of the waste we produce, the forests we destroy and the seas we pollute, our Earth is deteriorating, at much faster rates as time goes on. It is important to take notice of the harmful affects what we are doing has on our environment in order to preserve the planet we have. Humans live in a delusion they are superior to nature, when in reality we are a part of it.

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2 thoughts on “Who Owns Earth?

  1. I agree with everything that you are saying. It is so outrageous that humans are so blind to that fact that all of our advances in technology are speeding up the destruction of the earth. Society today is so focused on the future, but not the future of our planet. It is so hard for people to be satisfied with what we have and enjoy the natural world and as a result of that the planet is deteriorating. Carson introduces many issues with DDT and although it was banned over 40 years ago, we are still seeing the negative effects of it today. It is actually sad that in this day and age and with all the technology that we have that we are ignoring these major problems with the environment. Instead of looking for advances in technology we should be looking to save the planet for our sakes. Like you said in your blog post, if one species goes extinct it effects the ones around it. It is a chain of events and if we are not careful it is going to negatively effect the human race. Although the main goal of Carson’s book is about chemicals and its effects, her arguments about the planet and everything that humans have done to it are still relevant.

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  2. Abigail,
    After reading your blog post Who Owns Earth? I looked back at some of the points you brought up about modern issues involving the environment. Some of the issues that caught my attention were your brief comments on pollution, deforestation and carbon emissions. I actually discuss these issues in some of my blog posts, including Humanity’s Final Chapter and Permanently Draining the Land. To summarize the relation to these posts, I discuss how carbon emissions are at an all time high and I discuss how the ecosystems are being destroyed in the Oil Sands of Alberta. Considering the fact that our carbon dioxide levels are at a historic high and the fact that they are increasing at a faster rate than any point in history, and coupling the fact that big businesses continue to exploit the planet even with this knowledge, do you see humans changing our lifestyles or endeavours to combat this destruction of our planet? I personally believe that the actions of humans can never be altered to entirely oppose this destructive tendency. This is due to the fact that the issue regarding DDT was a problem in the 1950’s, yet now we face new similar problems such as the one I propose regarding the Oil Sands. In my eyes we will always just create new environmental problems and it will always take us too long to realize the damage that each one is doing to the environment.

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