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1. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Did u read that news, that we have 20 years, to do something to stop the damage we are doing to the environment. Otherwise the damage is irreversable.

Apparently, in 50 years things will be dismal here, if we have not done something, to reverse the situation.:(
What does this actually mean? Does it mean the earth will no longer be able to produce enough food, to support all the people on it?
And what else?

Mel

2. Posted by Delimor (Budding Member 96 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Did u read that news, that we have 20 years, to do something to stop the damage we are doing to the environment. Otherwise the damage is irreversable.

Apparently, in 50 years things will be dismal here, if we have not done something, to reverse the situation.:(
What does this actually mean? Does it mean the earth will no longer be able to produce enough food, to support all the people on it?
And what else?

Mel

yes
for exampe Spray / smoke / etc are destroying atmospher layer OZON an it causes increasing temp of the earth and when earth get warmer , Icebergs of Antarctica will melt an increase waters level heigh and causes many seaside lands to go to under waters.
so we will lack of enouht lands to live an farming etc.

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks Shahab

It is very scary.:(
It sometimes makes me think, I should not have had a child. Look at the world, I am leaving her in.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 4, 2007, at 2:14 AM by Mel. ]

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Did u read that news, that we have 20 years, to do something to stop the damage we are doing to the environment. Otherwise the damage is irreversable.

Apparently, in 50 years things will be dismal here, if we have not done something, to reverse the situation.:(
What does this actually mean? Does it mean the earth will no longer be able to produce enough food, to support all the people on it?
And what else?

Mel

I think people have been making these statements about 'irreversible' damage for a long time, and sometimes it's difficult to be clear about what's meant.

Some damage has already been irreversible I think - we've successfully extinguished quite a few species already, but we have reversed some things, like the hole in the Ozone layer which is beginning to shrink again - that global ban on CFCs really worked.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 4, 2007, at 3:23 AM by magykal1 ]

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

I think more people need to realize that protecting the environment isn't so much about saving the earth as saving ourselves. If we use up all our resources and pollute the place beyond repair, we as a species will die out and the earth will take the millions of years it needs to renew itself and make the planet habitable again. It really is about making this a healthy place to live for our children and grandchildren.

6. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

the problem is that no one wants to give up the luxury we have. so everybody can say that we should save our planet but we still keep using the car, planes, electricity swallowing devices. green energy is too expensive (until now). what about India and China where the pollution is going far beyond limits and maximum levels. they drive in the most environmental polluting cars and there are billions of them, what about industry in those (corrupt) countries? they blow toxic matter all freely into the air. Indians and Chinese would kill for luxury that pollutes our invironment and exhaust natural resources (that is unfortunately irreversable).

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting magykal1

but we have reversed some things, like the hole in the Ozone layer which is beginning to shrink again - that global ban on CFCs really worked.

Cool. I did not know, that could be fixed.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 4, 2007, at 7:06 AM by Mel. ]

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting tway

I think more people need to realize that protecting the environment isn't so much about saving the earth as saving ourselves. If we use up all our resources and pollute the place beyond repair, we as a species will die out and the earth will take the millions of years it needs to renew itself and make the planet habitable again. It really is about making this a healthy place to live for our children and grandchildren.

It is so difficult, to get everybody to cooperate. Just outside my appartment building is the main garbage, and also the recycling bins. Even though the recycling bins are just outside, most people in my building still insist on tossing everything into the main garbage. They would not even have to give up anything, to help with the environment. The could just separate their garbage, into 3 recycling parts.
And everybody in my neighbourhood has at least one car, even though the bus runs from the street outside, and the trains for the city are just 5mins walk away.

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting wouterrr

Indians and Chinese would kill for luxury that pollutes our invironment and exhaust natural resources (that is unfortunately irreversable).

Is it not us, who are the main offenders, of the environment? My brother in law says, that if everybody in the world consumed as much, as those in first world countries, it would take 10 planets, to support us.;)

10. Posted by asey16 (Budding Member 51 posts) 9y

I agree we really do need to do something to help our environment. There is something that really irritates me and thats the people that are STOPPING the progression to cleaner energy. On the island I live on a company put a proposal forward to build a small wind farm (about 4 or 5 turbines) they were to be in the country and away from houses etc. but people from local villages complained and complained that it would change their way off life and planning permission was refused.
I'm sorry but when companies are trying to make clean energy it seems idiotic to me to stop them.