Human is the only living being on the earth that is responsible for the destruction of the environment. He does it due to his ability to exploit the natural resources beyond the limits of safety. By the rise in the human population, unlimited desire for luxury, and heavy dependence on technology.
Hence, he contributes to the dangerous climate change which can lead humans to extinction.
How do humans affect the environment?
- Non-Veg diet
- Excess usage of commodities
- Wastage of resources: water, power, petroleum, etc.
Humans pollute a lot and contribute to air pollution, water, sound, radiation, light, and even soil pollution.
This is due to many of the human activities like travel, power
generation, industrial waste dumped into rivers, polyethylene waste, artificial methods used in agriculture, cell phones, wifi, etc.
This pollution is harmful not only to humans but also to animals and plants around. This pollution decreases a healthy lifespan.
Hence we can see that there is an extinction of many types of birds, plants, marine animals, etc. We can even notice many animals die due to the consumption of polyethylene covers. This polyethylene cover pollution is the result of litter by human use of poly bags.
Also, carbon emission is increased due to growth in vehicles and leading air, water and soil pollution.
The human digestive tract is 5 to 6 times more than the body’s length. The gut of the herbivorous animal is equally longer with many folds.
While that of the gut of carnivorous animals is small & less unfolded. This indicates that humans are suitable for vegetable diet.
Even evolution theory says humans are from monkeys which are herbivores. But interestingly most of the human population relies on the non-veg diet.
This reliance on the non-veg diet is expensive in terms of the environment. Because to grow a hen of I kilo weight we need many kilos of wheat.
Instead, a kilo of wheat is sufficient for a diet of more than two individuals. So we grow animals for food at the cost of many kilos of herbal diet. This requires growing cereals in many acres of land by use of manures, pesticides, etc. which is again polluting to nature.
Though technology is making the lives of humans easier and comfortable. It poses a great threat to the environment. The threat is due to pollution, radiation hazards, the exploitation of natural resources, etc.
The radiation hazard is increasing day by day due to the use of mobile phones and Wi-Fi around us. Hence we can notice that many small birds and insects like honey bees are not found around these days. Even governments are promising to give free Wi-Fi without realizing its harmful effects. If you wish to know the harsh effects, sit in a library or conference room with Wi-Fi enabled inside. You will notice to be having stomach acidity or a headache there. Wi-Fi reduces the use of wired internet connectivity. Still, wi-fi has untoward effects on humans and environments.
Even we can see that there are some companies building resorts as a means of holiday trip into the deepest woods in the world.
Thus we are exploiting the nature and environment beyond the safe limits. Hence we can see wild animals getting into villages and attacking humans.
Deforestation is decreasing the forest area and endangering the lives of wild animals. They have no place to hide, no proper lakes or ponds for drinking water, etc. Hence animals die due to dehydration, starvation, and even accidents. So there is a need to conserve trees and forests
See more details on why we need trees for survival.
Excess usage of commodities
We use many commodities out of fantasy than really required. We tend to own a hundred pairs of leather shoes, purses, belts, etc. All of them are made of skin and hides of animals. Many animals like cows, buffaloes, ox, pigs are killed for their skin though not for food. This way the unlimited desire for commodities is, in fact, causing great pain and suffering to the normal animals. Even the tigers, elephants are killed in large numbers for their hide, nails, and tusks in the name of decorative items. Thus, the human’s greed for more is causing them to be extinct in a few more years.
Besides, there is the rampant use of plastic everywhere. The plastic can be recycled, but most of it left into oceans. This has lead to contamination of the ocean’s floors.
Many marine animals like whales die due to this plastic waste. Whenever we shop, we tend to get some sort of plastic in it. Be it the actual item purchased or the cover which is used to enclose the item is plastic. Besides, when we buy some eatables, we get some sort of disposable plastic. Like the spoon, bottle, or cover. Since we do buy something on a daily basis, it adds up to plastic pollution.
Wastage of resources
We have been exploiting coal, petroleum for our needs by digging the earth crest for decades. Most of the extraction of petroleum is done in the name of storage for future needs. In the future, if technology reverts to hydrogen fuels this petroleum stored might go waste. Also instead of natural methods, we use coal for power generation. This coal once dug leaves cavities in the earth’s surface. These cavities can be troublesome in times of floods and also cause earthquakes. Also, we have been wasting many resources including soils, water.