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Conserving Our Environment

Jun 25, 2008
The environment includes everything, living component and non-living components. The environment, in itself, can be looked at as being composed of two areas - the first includes everything that humans do not have a part in. This includes animals and plants, the atmosphere and the soil, even microorganisms.

The second area that forms a part of the environment is all that does not come from humans. These include forces of nature and forms of energy - elements like air and water, energy like radiation, magnetism and electric force and the climate.

What nature had already provided and what man has created are in sharp contrast. What humans have created is called the built environment. At any place, only if the influence of humans is negligible can it be called a natural environment.

However, a natural environment and a wilderness are not the same. There are a lot of other factors that must be taken to consideration before an area can be called a natural environment, unlike in the case of a wilderness, which is any area without any human interference.

There are so few regions that can be considered to be natural environments now. Climate changes can account for some of this - climate changes caused by human influence. We have unseasonal rains and floods, melting icecaps and glaciers, and rising temperatures. Natural environmentalist groups play a major role in trying to keep natural environments intact. They try to push through laws and policies that will preserve the environment - keeping what there is safe, and trying to restore what was lost, as well as trying to create altogether new wilderness areas.

The common environmental preservation goals include several short-term and long-term aspirations. These include reducing pollution and cleaning up to achieve a zero pollution level, using non-recyclable materials to create energy, minimising non-renewable fuel consumption in society, developing alternative energy sources, conserving precious resources such as air, water and land, protecting pure ecosystems, preserving endangered species and maintaining the biodiversity that all life forms on Earth depend on.

The challenges faced by our natural environment include mega development projects, emitting tons of waste into the air and water around it. Industrial plants are also contributing to this. The most recent attention to global warming shows an increasing concern over toxic emissions, which must be reduced at a drastic pace.

We are the reason the natural environment is facing such danger. It is our responsibility to try and preserve the environment - not just stop damaging it, but fixing the damage that has been done. There is no time to lose - preservation can start right at home.
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