Human Impact On Nature

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From the smallest microorganism to the biggest animals, all life on Earth is ruled by the cause-effect principle. Everything is connected to everything: e.g. earthworms’ feces, feed the plants; in turn, the plants provide oxygen and food for animals and so on. However, human actions have begun to affect this natural order. As we continue to grow and have a major impact on the environment, it is crucial that we tackle our role and relationship with nature. We have the commitment to respect nature, as we depend on the resources and services it provides. The question then becomes: Did humans really assume their role in nature? Do they have the right to manipulate the laws of nature? Or what are the consequences of this manipulation? To answer…show more content…
Nowadays, the world population is more than 7.5 billion people. That’s more than seven billion bodies that need to be fed, clothed, kept warm and ideally, nurtured and educated. More than 7.5 billion individuals who, while busy consuming resources, are also producing vast quantities of waste, and our numbers continue to grow. United Nations estimates that the world population will reach 9.2 billion by 2050 (“United Nations”). “Today humanity uses the equivalent of 1.6 Earths to provide the resources we use and absorb our waste. This means it now takes the Earth one year and six months to regenerate what we use in a year” (“Ecological Footprint”). For example, the use of fossil fuels for energy (to drive cars, heat and cool houses) has an impact on global CO2 levels and resulting environmental effects. Thus, this impact has resulted in a new term to describe our time: the Anthropocene epoch (Dovers and Butler). Scientists characterized this epoch by the dominant influence that humans’ activities are having on the environment, positioning humans as a new global geophysical…show more content…
New homes require far less energy to run than older properties, but building them generates plenty of CO2 (Berners-Lee, Mike). Taking into consideration that it will depend on all kinds of things – including, of course, the size of the house and the types of materials chosen. Also, “the commercial and residential building sector accounts for 39% of CO2 emissions in the United States per year” ("Buildings and Climate Change."). Most of these emissions come from the combustion of fossil fuels to provide heating, cooling and lighting, and to power appliances and electrical equipment. At least in counterpart old houses and new buildings are now being transformed to be more energy-efficient and climate-friendly, so the building sector can play a major role in reducing the threat of Climate Change. For example, there’s a company in the Netherlands that developed a kit allowing homeowners to retrofit older dwellings into net-zero energy homes. It consists of the installation of solar panels that can be affixed to the roof, and there’s a cube-shaped energy module that sits in the backyard and holds everything needed for sustainable heat, hot water, power, and ventilation (Stanford,

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