Humans and animals rely on the vital resources that our earth provides. Humans have been making a great impact on the earth while leaving a dirty ecological footprint behind them. Modern industrial society are still using environment polluting and nonrenewable resources to fulfill their desires for materialistic things which create a dent in our earth sustainability. Human’s increasing ecological footprint is directly damaging the life of Earth and can greatly affect the wellbeing of future generations.
Unlike animals, humans have not yet reached carrying capacity on earth. As explained by author Bill Freedman, a “carrying capacity refers to the maximum abundance of a species that can be sustained within a given area of habitat.” Which means, if a pond possess 600 minos and there was a drought that decreases the size of the pond, only 200 out of the 600 minos would survive. Consequently, the space of the pond dropped and quickly caused a decrease in population growth rate-this is known as a limiting factor. On the contrary, if an earthquake occurs and destroys civilians homes, either the house can be fixed depending on damage, or he/she has the opportunity to buy another one. This is the difference between man and animal.The human population growth according to a United Nations study, is increasing to approximately 80 million — the size of Germany — each year. Human’s fast populace development, dependence on nonrenewable resources such as fossil fuel, and wasteful usage gradually renewing asset like water and soil all add to the exhaustion of the Earth.
However, if humans find ways in which they can positively affect the world, people could delay the carry capacity by thousands of years.A study made in 2014 by the Global Footprint Network shows that people are using the equivalent of one and a half planets to provide the resources needed to support the entire population. If they continue on this path, it is evident that the available resources on earth would run out. However, people can reduce their ecological footprints at home by doing simple things such as recycling. Recycling is the process in which used waste is turned into new, useful products. The positive effects of recycling are that it requires less energy and is a great way of controlling land pollution. Trucks come by to take the weekly household trash which ends up at a landfill.
This is where the waste from an individual’s homes is buried and left to decompose. When this process is finalized, workers will put the decomposed trash in an incinerator, where garbage is burned and turned into ash. This ash enters the atmosphere and can in the long term harm our biosphere. As stated by Rosie Osmun, “a household of 4 could reduce their footprint by 1,930 lbs. per year by recycling plastic, glass, magazines, and newspapers.
..” 254 million tons of trash was produced by Americans in 2013.
87 million tons of this material, was recycled, leaving the fact that 34.3 percent of Americans recycled that year. According to the report’s projections the population on earth will increases to 8.5 billion in 2030. With this in mind, there will be 2 billion more people on the earth to create waste proving why recycling is so imperative. Most people spend as much time at their place of employment as they do at home. Employers much impress upon their employees the importance of energy conservation and optimal waste management. This can be achieved by addressing environmentally friendly policy and procedures during staff meetings and through employee handbooks.
However, these changes don’t have to be drastic. For example, employers can look for more energy efficient blinds and window covering. These help maintain the indoor environment of any space which in turn reduces the need for artificial heating, cooling,and/or lighting. Another way one can improve their environmental footprint is simply reminding employees to shut any electronics not being used off. This can help save energy that wasn’t being used. The carbon footprint is creating global warming that changes the climate, and with this, altering the ecosystems and killing species.
Pollution, in a not so far future, will affect drinkable water and food; making them scarce and toxic. These can be accomplished by achieving a balance between economic, environmental, and social aspects in a community.In society today, air is polluted by different chemicals released into the air, by the act of burning fossil fuels. Manufacturing industries emit 36% of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. In 2009, the Northwest Food Processors Association and the Department of Energy announced aggressive goals to reduce energy use and carbon emissions by 25 percent over the next ten years. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas in which traps heat in the atmosphere. People today have burned so much fuel that there is about 30% more carbon dioxide in the air today than there was 150 years ago. Carbon is taken in by plants to perform photosynthesis.
However, as humans are slowing cutting down trees to increase housing, not as many plants can convert carbon dioxide to oxygen. In order to decrease carbon levels in the air, industrial buildings must use less heat and air conditioning. Another positive energy efficient strategy to uphold is to recycle all industrial wastewater. By doing these things, it can lower possible chances of having a carrying capacity on earth. One successful law I would create to help sustain the health of the earth would be to lower the cost of contraception options. Every hospital should enforce cheap efficient birth control medicines or surgeries since some may not be able to afford it. This would help control the growth of the population.
In clear perspective, people have the choice to harm or help the earth. Most activities people do today, negatively affect the biosphere without even knowing. Overpopulation relates to the impact of humans on pollution. With a greater population, there is a greater need for jobs such as factories that give off fumes, automobiles, that burns off fossil fuels.
However, there are ways to prevent negative fumes from entering the atmosphere. Ways like, recycling and reducing waste has proved to help the environment if future generations practice these habits.