Good Stewardship Of Our Planet Is Crucial To Our Survival

Earth’s resources are by no means infi­nite, as the plan­et heats up sci­en­tist warns that our plan­et is get­ting warmer each year. It is time for us to take stock of how we treat the pre­cious resources at our dis­pos­al.
The wealth­i­est among us are the most lib­er­al with the use and dis­pen­sa­tion of earth­’s resources, that is not to say that those of us on the con­sumer end of the spec­trum are not equal­ly as reck­less in the way we use and con­sume pre­cious resources.

Sure, the process­es which pro­duced those resources may still be at work replen­ish­ing them in some instances but do we want to run out of drink­ing water and wait on the replen­ish­ment process? Are we pre­pared to destroy our oxy­gen sup­ply then wait for replen­ish­ment?
Even with the abun­dance of food, pover­ty, droughts, famine, wars and oth­er forces are wreak­ing hav­oc, forc­ing mil­lions into star­va­tion, and the death of count­less oth­ers.

The United Nation’s Council for Human Rights says War and hunger are dri­ving dis­place­ment.

The monied pow­ers which drill for oil and nat­ur­al gas, destroy moun­tains and oth­er lands for coal have a vest­ed inter­est in deny­ing cli­mate change. Sure we need those resources to main­tain the mod­ern lifestyle we have come to trea­sure and enjoy but in as much as the mega-cor­po­ra­tions and gov­ern­ments have a respon­si­bil­i­ty to be judi­cious with our nat­ur­al resources we all have that same respon­si­bil­i­ty to pro­tect the envi­ron­ment.
That respon­si­bil­i­ty can come in the form of sim­ply turn­ing off the tap while brush­ing our teeth. turn­ing the lights out in rooms we are not using.

On aver­age about two gal­lons of fresh water flows from a tap each minute. According to (sus​tain​abil​i​ty​.nscu​.edu), although 70 per­cent of plan­et Earth is cov­ered with water, only 1 per­cent of it is avail­able for human con­sump­tion? Our surg­ing pop­u­la­tion is leav­ing our lakes, rivers, and aquifers strug­gling to meet this grow­ing demand for fresh water. In fact, water demand is expect­ed to climb 50 per­cent from 2007 to 2025.

In Yemen today over 8 mil­lion peo­ple face star­va­tion and cer­tain death because of wars

With the Polar ice caps melt­ing even more rapid­ly than sci­en­tists had ini­tial­ly antic­i­pat­ed, the warm­ing of the earth is effec­tive­ly assured, the less ice on the plan­et is the more dark ocean which attracts the suns rays and the process is self-ful­fill­ing.
Melting ice caps means ris­ing ocean lev­els. Rising ocean lev­els means cities and towns sub­merged under water. More vio­lent storms. Population cen­ters forced to move fur­ther inland. Disputes over liv­ing space. Contamination and stress on fresh drink­ing water sources. And con­flicts asso­ci­at­ed with the fore­gone.
I doubt that there is a ratio­nal per­son who would dis­agree that these events are not hap­pen­ing today, not abstract pre­dic­tions for future gen­er­a­tions?

Of course, we can scroll past these images quick­ly, or sim­ply turn away and pre­tend, but we know whats hap­pen­ing in our world.
We know. Ethiopia in 2015, cat­a­stroph­ic famine, over 15 mil­lion peo­ple affect­ed.

The cur­rent warm­ing trend is of par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance because most of it is extreme­ly like­ly (greater than 95 per­cent prob­a­bil­i­ty) to be the result of human activ­i­ty since the mid-20th cen­tu­ry and pro­ceed­ing at a rate that is unprece­dent­ed over decades to mil­len­nia.

The heat-trap­ping nature of car­bon diox­ide and oth­er gas­es was demon­strat­ed in the mid-19th cen­tu­ry.2 Their abil­i­ty to affect the trans­fer of infrared ener­gy through the atmos­phere is the sci­en­tif­ic basis of many instru­ments flown by NASA. There is no ques­tion that increased lev­els of green­house gas­es must cause the Earth to warm in response.

In India lack of water pos­es seri­ous chal­lenges to agri­cul­ture.

Ice cores drawn from Greenland, Antarctica, and trop­i­cal moun­tain glac­i­ers show that the Earth’s cli­mate responds to changes in green­house gas lev­els. Ancient evi­dence can also be found in tree rings, ocean sed­i­ments, coral reefs, and lay­ers of sed­i­men­ta­ry rocks. This ancient, or pale­o­cli­mate, evi­dence reveals that cur­rent warm­ing is occur­ring rough­ly ten times faster than the aver­age rate of ice-age-recov­ery warm­ing.argues https://​cli​mate​.nasa​.gov/​e​v​i​d​e​n​ce/

These images are not sexy, we tend to quick­ly turn the page and move on because these things are only hap­pen­ing to those peo­ple. But are they real­ly? In our increas­ing­ly inter­con­nect­ed world, how long are the con­se­quences of famine drought wars, and oth­er mal­adies going to avoid our doorsteps?
The truth of the mat­ter is that the poli­cies of pow­er­ful gov­ern­ments and cor­po­ra­tions have direct cau­sa­tion on some of these events play­ing out in real time.

Policies which upend the frag­ile sta­bil­i­ty in less pow­er­ful nations have a rip­ple effect on where we live. When we wage wars or desta­bi­lize oth­er nations we cause the mass migra­tion of peo­ple. When we desta­bi­lize the del­i­cate and frag­ile peace with­in those coun­tries bor­ders, by choos­ing one side over anoth­er, we are con­tribut­ing to the move­ment of peo­ple.
It is one of the most nat­ur­al things for humans to become nomadic as they look for food water and a bet­ter life.

When pow­er­ful ener­gy cor­po­ra­tions are giv­en carte blanch to upend our eco-sys­tem just so that they may have more zeroes on bal­ance sheets, we are by default con­tribut­ing to the mass migra­tion of peo­ple to our shores.
These are the hard chal­lenges which face the lead­ers of pow­er­ful nations.
Building walls as a means of safe­ty and secu­ri­ty is a tried and failed con­cept, his­to­ry is replete with the exam­ples. Subsequently, the order which came out of the Marshall plan after the sec­ond world war despite its imper­fec­tion has held to date.
There has been stu­pid uncalled for war since 1945, we all know that when moron­ic lead­ers are giv­en pow­er they are going to make moron­ic deci­sions.

Nevertheless, the peri­od of rel­a­tive peace between the end­ing of the first world war and the begin­ning of the sec­ond began is a mere 21 years.
Between the end of the sec­ond world war in 1945 and today is 73 years. Seventy-three years and still no world­wide vio­lent con­fla­gra­tion.
The world order has held. It is up to present lead­er­ship to strength­en the exist­ing order so that future gen­er­a­tions may have a plan­et on which to live.
Those who went before us did not destroy the earth, we have a respon­si­bil­i­ty to ensure that oth­ers have the same oppor­tu­ni­ties on this anoth­er American Independence day.