The environment had the power to control us indirectly but look at how we put in all possible efforts to bring the environment under our control. Since the beginning of time nature has spoon-fed us with all of its resources without claiming ownership over any of the resources. But look at how over time, people of different nations have been claiming ownership over these resources and are also ready to prepare for war be it economic or military to secure their rights over these resources which are in fact provided for by nature.
The high standard of living that we are enjoying today depend entirely on the exploitation of natural resources. The water we drink, the air we breathe and the soil we use to build our houses are all that we depend upon for our living. And the way we are using these resources at an extensive speed often provokes irreversible ecological change. The ecological changes taking place is affecting the health and threatening the future of many of the Earth’s inhabitants including human beings. We need to consider how ecological changes are bothering not only the present but also our future. The life span of individuals, as well as the living creatures, is decreasing because of the changes taking place in the environment. We need to understand that whatever we have accomplished so far in the fields of health would one day go in vain if we do not pay serious attention to these rapid environmental changes.
Today 80% of the world’s energy consumption is sustained by the extraction of fossil fuels, which consists of oil, coal, and gas. The consequences of these changes will have intense effects on earth and it’s inhabitants. Rising sea levels will cause flooding of low lying islands and coastal areas. Misuse of natural resources have not only disturbed our present but also raised a question on our future. Many of the issues have no solutions. Based on the rate of consumption of petroleum, the petroleum products in the world will not last more than 80-100 years. The mineral sources like copper, zinc, bauxite which are nonrenewable will soon bring mankind into a difficult situation. Power generation by hydroelectric projects caused many ecological problems like deforestation, global warming, and ozone layer depletion. They have caused a much stronger ecological imbalance.
Non-renewable energy sources are not just bothering our Earth’s atmosphere by increasing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions but also emit a variety of pollutants that affect people’s health and the environment.
So, to reduce the global problems to our environment we need to regulate the use of common and shareable resources so that the rates of consumption would be less than the rates causing environmental problems. There is also a need to convert the ownership of shareable resources from public, to a private organization as such a product tends to be protected and managed in a better way, as we know preserving nature is preserving life.