Whether you think climate change is caused by burning too many fossil fuels or events that are out of mankind’s control, we should all be able to agree that it is happening and has negative impacts on our planet. According to NASA, Earth’s average surface temperature has risen over 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit, which has caused immense melting of our ice caps, severe bleaching of our ocean’s coral and other serious consequences. Obviously, these influences have caused a lot of concern for the general public and especially the scientific community.

NASA has also found that CO2 levels have rapidly increased during the same time period as the planet’s rapid rise in temperature; this correlation is what gave birth to “The Greenhouse Effect.”

For all of you non-scientists out there, this prediction assumes that the abundance of CO2 causes a larger quantity of the sun’s rays to be trapped within the Earth’s atmosphere and surface. Although this is a truly revolutionary idea, many people are attributing this immense amount of CO2 to our overuse of fossil fuels. 

However, even though burning these substances produces CO2 and maintaining a well-balanced, diverse portfolio of energy sources is important, many people rightfully believe that our fossil fuel use simply isn’t great enough to make such a large impact on the planet. Therefore, I’d like to show you guys one more statistic: Since the 1970s, wildlife populations have declined by 50%! 

It’s no secret that the Earth’s well-being is extremely dependant on the health of the ecosystems that are located around the entire planet. 

One of the most important jobs that an ecosystem has is the maintenance of our planet’s natural CO2 cycles. Therefore, it shouldn’t be very far-fetched to believe that our rapid deforestation is causing a build-up of CO2 in the atmosphere. Additionally, we have around 150 million metric tons of plastic in our oceans right now, which severely interferes with algae’s consumption of CO2 as well. 

The Greenhouse Effect seems like the most probable cause of current changes in climate, but we aren’t identifying the major causes of the phenomenon correctly. Yes, human CO2 emissions definitely add to the Greenhouse Effect, but it’s not the major source of our problem. Denying nature’s ability to absorb this CO2 should be our major concern, and it truly seems like this is Mother Nature’s way of exposing our terrible mistakes.

The overall impact of mankind has been utterly traumatizing for thousands of species in this world. We think our extraordinary intelligence entitles us to do whatever we want to this planet and treat other life forms however we please. Since you’ve been reading my article, we’ve chopped down several football fields worth of trees in the Amazon, which has one of the largest wildlife populations on Earth. We also release around 8 million metric tons of plastic in our oceans annually, which obviously causes immense deaths as well. Our impact is so great that we don’t just merely affect singular species – we destroy entire ecosystems.

Nearly every scientist will tell you the human condition is extremely dependant upon the well-being of flourishing ecosystems all around the world. However, we eliminate these natural occurrences for our “benefit” and that doesn’t make much sense. As Aristotle would put it: “if mankind is a part of nature, and mankind extensively harms nature, then mankind is harming himself.” Mankind no longer sees himself as a fluent part of nature, which is why the human species is the hardest animal to live among. Think about it: there are not many life forms that have the ability to live among us. If we want to restore the balance of nature and the health of our planet as a whole, then we need to make it easier for other species to flourish.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to remove the immense amount of plastic in our oceans, because we do not live among marine animals. Yet, the biggest cleaner of our seas is a young man named Boyan Slat, and his non-profit only has a lousy $40 million to work with. Don’t get me wrong, $40 million is a lot of dough. However, considering the substantial impact this situation has on our planet, you’d think Slat would be able to raise more funds. It’s honestly pretty ridiculous that our world’s alphas haven’t directed more resources towards this immense problem. For example, Jeff Bezos’ wife just got nearly $40 billion. Seriously, what the hell is she going to spend that on? A mere .1% of that is almost equal to Slat’s entire company’s net-worth.

Another way to restore the balance of nature is to integrate several other species into our cities. 

Look at New York City right now – so much of it smells like filth and is covered in lifeless concrete and buildings. Besides humans, the only animals that you’ll come across are dogs, cats, squirrels, rats and different birds. We need to start intertwining our infrastructure with nature so we can actually start living among a vast variety of different life forms. One city-state where this idea is applied on a larger scale is Singapore, Southeast Asia. 

According to Planet Earth, Singapore has planted 2 million trees in 45 years, is richer in species than any other city in the world and caused a steady restoration of wildlife populations. Let me tell you guys – these structures are some of the most beautiful things that mankind has ever created. It’s absolutely magnificent when humans decide to intertwine their creations with the natural beauty of nature. I truly believe that life on Earth is the most beautiful thing that our species has ever witnessed; so not only will our planet’s health benefit, but our pleasure for gorgeous artistic designs will be fulfilled as well. Planet Earth even goes as far to say that these structures are “a vision of our cities of the future.”

Overall, climate change is a serious threat to the world as we know it. The Greenhouse Effect is most likely the cause of our planet’s significant global warming, but reducing fossil fuel use will not be the optimal way of stopping it. If we want to bring our climate under control, then we should restore the broken ecosystems all across our planet. The best way to do this is by extensively cleaning our oceans and making ourselves easier to live among other species. If we don’t bring ourselves together, then Mother Nature is going to teach us a very traumatizing lesson. That’s why it’s so important for us to spread this message, so we can unite by educating others about the harm that we’re doing to ourselves and our world. If we cannot convince ourselves about the vital dependency that we have with all other ecosystems on this Earth, then our species will undoubtedly go extinct.

Written ByWilliam Moore

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