What effect are humans having on the environment: What we are doing versus what we should be doing

What effect are humans having on the environment: What we are doing versus what we should be doing

Humanity is currently the only species capable of having a significant influence on our home planet, the earth. We have considerable power because of our superior mind which enables us to influence all that we contact by utilizing technology and mechanization to our advantage.

This is not necessarily a good thing, and it is unfortunate that at this time in our history we are choosing to spread like a destructive virus over the face of the Earth. We are actually causing harm and damage to almost all environments that we interact with.

It does not need to be this way!

Instead, our role should be that of a benevolent caretaker to the planet and all life that co-exist together with us.

Environmental damage

How are humans impacting the environment?

Currently, there are many ways in which mankind is destroying our home on an ongoing basis with complete disregard for the long-term effects. Some of these activities include deforestation, the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima, acidification of the oceans, indiscriminate industrial fishing practices killing all they touch, massive land and sea pollution with human waste, and the destruction of the ozone layer.

What will it take for the majority of people to wake up and see that at our current rate of ‘progress,’ we will soon be responsible for destroying this beautiful planet?

This will ultimately lead to our own downfall because as yet, we are unable to find and then migrate to other habitable planets. This is fortunate for any habitable planets out there because unless we evolve in consciousness, we will just end up destroying them as well!

As individuals, we all contribute to this ongoing environmental assault by either actively participating in, or by inactively refusing to acknowledge and act upon the harmful aspects of our society’s mass consumerism. This problem is further fueled by the continued accelerating world population growth rate as well as by the desire of individuals to consume more and more products and services.

Let’s just look at one issue more closely to understand how our behaviors are affecting the environment.

Rubbish in the environment

Plastic as an example of short-term convenience over the long-term health of the environment

We are surrounded by many different types of plastics and they are present in every aspect of our lives these days. It is hard to imagine how we can exist without them anymore. So much progress has been made because of the advent of so many products with plastic, and they have allowed for much business growth and development as well as many new forms of recreation.

However, the convenience and relatively inexpensive nature of plastics does not come without a cost. Plastic has become a major problem due to the vast amount of it that we produce and dispose of without regard to the harm it causes to the environment.

According to https://www.ecowatch.com/22-facts-about-plastic-pollution-and-10-things-we-can-do-about-it-1881885971.html

  • Only a small percentage, (approx. 5%) is recycled and the vast majority of it ends up in landfills or as pollution, most of which eventually ends up in the sea, to make up 90% of all rubbish floating in the oceans. Currently, there is a giant swirling vortex of plastic twice the size of Texas floating in the North Pacific Gyre of the coast of California. It even has its own name: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch!
  • 50% of the plastics we consume, we use only once and then throw away. This includes the mostly unnecessary packaging used to make goods more attractive and salable: most of which immediately enters the rubbish pile when the goods are unpacked.
  • Annually, approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. This equates to more than one million bags being used every minute (2014).
  • One million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.
  • 44 percent of all seabird species, 22 percent of cetaceans, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies.
  • 10 tons of plastic fragments enter the Pacific Ocean each day in Los Angeles alone, including grocery bags, soda bottles, and straws.

Virtually every piece of plastic ever made, (except the small percentage that has been incinerated) still exists in one form or another. It takes 500 to 1000 years for plastic to degrade, and during this process, it is broken down to smaller and smaller components, most of which are microscopic and therefore undetectable to the human eye. It is these particles that can be absorbed by biological life, including humans, and they have been found to alter hormones and have other negative health effects.

Plastic chemicals absorbed by humans include bisphenol A (BPA) and 93% of Americans aged 6 and over tested positive for its presence. BPA is known to disrupt the endocrine system and has been linked to breast cancer, infertility, heart disease, nervous system damage, and obesity.

Alternatives are available, but the vested interests in maintaining the status quo are deeply ingrained in both those who produce the plastics and those who are purchasing them. It will take each one of us to stop purchasing cheap disposable plastic products to send a message to the producers that these items that are polluting our environment no longer serve our long-term best interests.

Plastic waste and the environment

We are part of the environment, not separate from it: So why are we knowingly destroying it?

The cost of man’s ‘progress’ must take into consideration the whole environment and all other forms of life as we are intimately connected to the energy of this world and all the nature she contains.

However, it is unfortunate that often when discoveries are made that would be of benefit to all mankind and the environment, they are aggressively opposed by those with vested interests in maintaining the status quo.

By way of their vast wealth and influence, a minority of people and corporations, (less than 0.0001% of the population) shape the direction that we are heading as a species- not for our benefit, but for theirs alone.

Those who wield power are always opposed to any true creative solutions to man’s problems that does not maintain their privileged status, and will often act in ways to obstruct and discredit alternatives that will unsettle their massive profits.

It is fortunate that the real power ultimately lies with the consumers due to how they spend their dollars. Producers will not produce products that do not sell. It’s that simple! If we as consumers refuse to buy products that are harmful to life and the environment and they will stop being manufactured.

So, will you choose to use your dollars in a way that supports the environment, all life on earth, and ultimately our long-term survival?

consumerism

Ever increasing world population and affluence means more consumerism and therefore more destruction of the earth

We need to be more considerate about the long-term social and economic costs of the ever-increasing world population. Previously large families may have been desirable when there was a high mortality rate and labor was needed to work farms, etc.

However, even now with the existing population of around seven billion people, the cost to the environment of having large families is beyond the natural ability of the environment to maintain an equilibrium. This is due to the extra resources required and extra waste produced by each individual due to an ever-increasing population.

Also, as people become more affluent they tend to spend that wealth on consumer goods and services which further complicate the ability of the environment to maintain a healthy balanced environment for all species that she supports.

“What is the difference between like and love?

Like a flower…. Pick it,

love a flower, water it daily.

One who understands this understands life.”

Buddha.

If we like our home, the Earth, we will continue to act recklessly without regard to her needs and keep taking what we want. When we have changed our ways to consider the impact we have on all other beings we will realize that we have arrived at a point where we can say we love our home, the Earth and the multitude of life that she supports.

Earth in good hands

What can I do? I love my home, the earth, and want to support her general health and wellbeing

Even though the world, in many ways is a mess right now, there is always hope for a better future.The biggest problem now is that there are too many takers whose main focus is always on what they can get. However, we can be the remedy to this problem.

It is by becoming SELF-conscious as individuals that we can each make a difference and show that there is a viable alternative to the current prevailing mentality of selfishness and greed. We each can begin to inspire real change in others if we led by example.

It is by us evolving one by one that the ‘higher potential’ of living in peace, abundance, freedom, and harmony with all beings can eventually be achieved.

For many, this may mean making compromises to their lifestyle, and this can be very challenging for someone who still believes he/she is an individual person. The ego wants and wants, and this can make it challenging to get the best outcome in any given situation, sometimes making it problematic to live in harmony with others.

However, understanding that we do not live in isolation is a fundamental key to realizing that our overall well-being is dependent on the health of the whole collective that we share our homes, communities, countries, the planet and ultimately the universe with.

We are social creatures and learning is achieved by sharing ideas, experiences, thoughts, and emotions with others. Therefore, if our neighbors are suffering it is also a part of our experience to see it, hear it and feel it with them, which makes it directly a part of our experience. So, while we all have our individual roles to play, humanity and all life also have a collective destiny and it is together that we bring about an era of peace, love, abundance, and harmony for all.

deforestization

Are we beyond the point of no return? Are the ecosystems of earth currently damaged beyond repair?

Due to the untold damage that has already been done physically and energetically to the Earth, it is possible that we may have reached the point of no return for humanities survival.

However, the possible catastrophes that we may soon be facing should not be considered bad, but instead looked on as necessary to ‘clean-up’ the mess that we are continuing to create.

The Earth has existed for around four billion years now and has gone through many cycles of expansion and destruction and as such is not beyond repair. She will heal herself and return to a natural balanced state of being in her own way, in her time, with or without humanity as a passenger.

As individuals, we can evolve ourselves to aid this process of change for the betterment of all life. Or we can continue to keep our heads buried in the sand and deny that we are in any way facing problems on a planetary scale due to our over-consumption of resources. Humanity has been continuingly taking for too long now and has offered nothing substantial back to Mother Earth in the way of compensation.

By refusing to see with open eyes what is really going on, we are, by choice of self-imposed ignorance complicit to our own ultimate downfall. Humanity will reap what we have sown as determined by the law of attraction.

Save the earth

Why do we continue to destroy that which gives us life? How can I make a difference?

Fear of death, no matter how illogical, keeps up striving to survive at all costs. Rather than face up to fears that we may reap the consequences of our actions, that have been selfish and not for the benefit of all life on earth, our ego continues to deny the obvious and fights to retain control over ourselves.

Our ego, (separate-self,) does not want to die and also does not want to face its karma. However, both are inescapable, as the same natural universal laws govern all of creation. Why is it that the majority of mankind is oblivious to the fact that we are also governed by these laws? There is no escaping the fact that We will die, and we will reap the rewards of all of our thoughts, words, and actions!

Unlike man-made justice which is changeable according to who is making up the rules at any given time, universal law is truth, unforgiving, uncompromising, incorruptible and unbreakable.

Even though death is inevitable for all physical bodies, those with metaphysical awareness of a greater purpose to life do not fear death. Instead, they embrace it with the understanding that it is another opportunity to learn and experience more by transitioning into something different and even greater if that is what we have manifested for ourselves.

Are you ready and willing to receive that which you have sown?

Spiritual evolution

The remedy to our problems lies buried deep within ourselves

It is foolish to continue to live life purely from a physical perspective with all the ignorance and limitations that this imposes. This is the path of continued suffering and death. By raising our consciousness and then helping others to do the same, we will evolve and therefore be able to survive any changes that may come with understanding and acceptance.

However, our ego try’s everything possible to deny the existence our spiritual nature, which is aware of the energetic mess we are creating and could be used as a voice of reason to stop the madness.

We need to wake up and see the madness in our limited way of thinking! Some local laws may be necessary to control the stupidity of mankind, but do not for an instant consider them to be anywhere as important as the Natural Laws of Creation that all life is subject to.

Ask yourself, ‘why do I want to continue to survive?’

Is it to preserve your selfish ego, or do you truly want to evolve your-SELF so that you may be of service to all other life in the journey back to health, abundance, joy, love, and ultimately the oneness that encompasses all of creation?

I challenge you to become a better being by evolving your consciousness to become more unselfishly loving, kind and respectful, for the sake of all life.

 

Please leave your thoughts below in the comments. I would love to know what you think about this post.

Shared with love and respect for all beings,

Andrew

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  1. Hello Andrew,
    Your thought-provoking post struck me really hard!
    We all are undoubtedly the real cause of most of the problems we’re currently. And, it is only when we are determined to take a more positive and active approach towards this earthy problems, would we be finally free from all problems.
    Now, I better start evolving my concious mind into that which benefit not only me but also the life of others human or just purely beautiful nature.

    Keep the good work going, and wishing you the very best sincerely!

    1. Hi, Tohin. I’m happy my post has struck a nerve in you and motivated you to make some positive changes in your life. We need more people to wake up and realize that we are all part of the same energy system, from the same source. Once realized, people will begin thinking with a lot more awareness of how their thoughts, words, and actions affect themselves and the environment around them. We can then, with awareness, create a beautiful world full of love, compassion, and consideration for all beings. Many thanks for sharing, and I wish you a wonderful life experience.
      Andrew

  2. This is actually a really interesting article that I feel hits super close to home since it is basically an issue that effects all of us. Resources are finite, and so is our environment. If we don’t take care of the very place that we live in, then unfortunately there will be major repercussions that I think will only become apparent once it’s already too late. This is something that we certainly all need to be focused on since there are still things we can do to make the most of what we have. Why do you think there isn’t as big a focus on this as there should be?

    1. Hi Jasmere. many thanks for taking the time to read my post. I am happy that it resonated with you and that you realize the importance of looking after the planet and other forms of life that she hosts. I think you are right that the majority of people will not be aware of the long-term detrimental effects that humanity is having on the environment until it is too late. I think there is not as much awareness of a possible impending disaster as there should be because of those at the top of the power pyramid who are using their vast resources and influence to maintain the status quo. The average person is kept distracted from the really important issues by their involvement in sports, politics, religion, mainstream media news, and entertainment in the forms of movies, video games and social media. Also having to go to work to make a living, pay the bills and trying to save for the future take a lot of energy and so not much time or energy is left to consider the negative impact that some of our routines and consuming habits are having n the planet and other species. We all need to wake up, consume only what is important and give our love and appreciation back to mother nature with respect for all that she freely provides for our enjoyment here on earth. I look forward to you visiting my site again. With much appreciation,
      Andrew

  3. Hi Andrew, thank you for the post. The damage man has caused to the earth is so sad, we are the cause, but the power is in our hands to repair the damage. A small action from each of us would make a BIG difference.
    Thanks Justin

    1. Hi, Justin. Many thanks for taking the time to read my post. You are right when you say that a small action from each of us will make a big difference. Now imagine what five, ten or 20 small actions from all of us on a regular basis could achieve? It is never too late to turn the tide and help support mother nature. But first, we must each heal ourselves! Kind regards,
      Andrew

  4. Hello Andrew,
    Your article is very educational — all generation must read this information!
    There is no doubt that humans contributed the problem we all face today! This article reminds me of what is going on in China, especially their coal mining and other factories that are releasing toxic chemicals — causing people to get sick and die very early.

    It is very sad to think to see those trash floating in the ocean and animals caught up in fish nets or fish hooks.

    Thank you so much Andrew for investing your time and energy to write this article concerning this problem. You are right that we continuously destroying our mother earth who give us life..

    Julie

    1. Hi Julie. Unfortunately, China is not the only country involved in large-scale environmental destruction and pollution. And yes, as you say, it is the people who have no say in these practices that often end up sick and suffering, and dying early. I believe things will get better with time as more and more people are made aware of the importance of looking after our planet which is responsible for sustaining our very lives. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards,
      Andrew

  5. Hi Andrew,

    Your content is very nice and educational. Everyone needs to know this!
    I also love your website and it’s format.
    You did a great job. Best wishes,
    Summer

  6. You have a really great article here that I enjoyed reading from the first words till the last. It’s true how there is technology and many forms that mankind is impacting the environment, especially without regards for the long term effects. If we want to inhabit another planet or another surface of the earth, we will just continue doing the same thing, replicating it throughout any part of the universe, it’s truly hard bearing news. It’s amazing to see how large our population is getting and how that drives social and economic factors to the environment, and how its just uncontrollable. Like you said, its the ‘what can i get mentality” that puts is in this place, and it rather should be how we can as individuals put that aside and contribute to the great wealth of our economy and to make our lands a less trashy and polluted place to live in. Some of us have egos that run big and we want more than we give, and that will not go very far. I have faith things will always get better, but until I see drastic changes, then I’d be a real believer. Thank you for sharing your post!

    1. Hi Michael. Many thanks for your insightful comments. I like you have faith that things will eventually get better. But unfortunately, I think we are still on a downward destructive spiral. But as more and more people like you and me gain awareness of how we are hurting the planet, our home, we will be able to help educate others on how to look after ourselves and the earth in ways that are mutually supportive. Many thanks for sharing.
      Andrew

  7. Hi Andrew!

    Wow, what a powerful message you give everyone. I loved this post from beginning to end. I whole heartedly agree, we have to be more mindful of the products we are buying and consuming as a community. The brands we buy from today would not produce these terrible products if we would not buy them. I have seen many people be enlightened by a message similar and changed their ways. Maybe there is still hope for us in our future generations.

    Thanks for the post!

    1. Hi Katie. Many thanks for your encouraging comments. You are right that if we didn’t purchase items that have negative consequences for the environment, that the manufactures would stop producing them. Simple ah! Then, why isn’t it happening? I do believe that the ‘tide is turning’ as more and more people are becoming aware of the consequences of their purchases. The more we can educate ourselves and those close to us the sooner we will begin to live in harmony with each other, other species we share the planet with, and the planet herself. let’s make this a priority as, without a healthy planet, we will not be able to remain here!
      Wishing you all the best on your travels,
      Andrew

  8. I appreciate the hope and inspiration you provide after citing the detrimental effects us humans are having on our environment, which makes my stomach turn. I was recently in the very South of Mexico where I witnessed on a daily basis the local fisherman throwing their plastic bottles and food wrappers off the side of their boats as if it was all good and then return to shore, empty of fish that sustains their living and not at all seeing the connection. When I see people here in Vancouver, litter their garbage on the street, I try to educate them on the fact that we are privileged to live in an affluent country that has systems in place to dispose of waste in an environmentally friendly manner. I deem it super disrespectful that people are still purchasing and are allowed to produce water in plastic bottles. There are so many avenues we can take to enhance our world and yet, the unbalance comes from greed of money and personal wealthy gain at the detriment of us as a species. I am grateful and hopeful that people such as yourself are shedding light on these large fundamental issues that are key to our survival. If we all felt good within, that would translate the world without. To be of service to one another and the planet, rather than be in greed of it can change this world exponentially. Thank you for the work you do Andrew! My hope is it reaches far and wide and provides education and inspiration to all 🙂

    1. Hi Rebecca. Many thanks for your kind comments once again. You have summed up the problem nicely when you said ‘If we all felt good within, that would translate the world without.’ Our education systems are not set up to teach people how to feel good about themselves. They are set up to provide workers to continue with the status quo, which is a capitalistic system fuelled by the mass consumerism of products that we really don’t need. It seems crazy when you think about it. But here we all are going to work to earn ‘fiat money’ (pieces of paper which have no value, but are accepted as currency) to buy stuff in the hopes of living an ‘ideal life.’ We are the only species on the planet that goes to work (which most of us would rather not be doing) for most of our waking hours, and yet we consider we are the most intelligent species?????? I will say no more 🙂 Best of luck to you on your journey,
      Andrew

  9. Hi Andrew,

    Very interesting article, the section on plastics was of particular interest to me. I avoid using plastics as it lowers your testosterone production, what use of plastics does to the environment though is very scary!

    Are certain types of plastics worse than others?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Nate. Many thanks for taking the time to read my article. Plastics are definitely a very huge modern problem. I imagine as time goes on we will discover many more ways that they are haring us and the environment that we currently are not aware of, or not told about! As I understand it, there are seven main types of plastics, some of which are worse than others, but basically, no plastic is a good plastic! This article gives a good breakdown of the different types, common uses and the known dangers of using them. http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/types-of-plastics.html
      Kind regards, Andrew

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