Recently read a blog post by Richard Branson on the subject of plastic pollution.
“Plastic pollution has been described as ‘the apocalyptic twin of climate change’. In my opinion, that is no exaggeration.”
There is no “garbage patch”
There are many “garbage patches”
trash congregates to various degrees in numerous parts of the Pacific and the rest of the ocean
How the atmosphere was formed.
2.7 billion years ago, bluish-green microscopic organisms called cyanobacteria flourished in Earth’s oceans. They made gaseous, or free, oxygen from carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight.
How Fossil Fuels were Formed
A couple hundred million years ago plants and animals died and settled to the floor to accumulate over time and become compressed. Oxygen is squeezed out to preserve the hydrocarbons. Coal is from land based plants and oil is from ocean based plants and animals.
Overfishing is unsustainable and the world’s fish stocks are being depleted.
The global fishing fleet is 2-3 times larger than what the oceans can sustainably support.
In other words, people are taking far more fish out of the ocean than can be replaced by those remaining.
As a result:
53% of the world’s fisheries are fully exploited, and 32% are overexploited, depleted, or recovering from depletion1
Most of the top ten marine fisheries, accounting for about 30% of all capture fisheries production, are fully exploited or overexploited. Several important commercial fish populations have declined to the point where their survival is threatened
It’s not just the fish we eat that are affected. Each year, billions of unwanted fish and other animals – like dolphins, marine turtles, seabirds, sharks, and corals – die due to inefficient, illegal, and destructive fishing practices.
Pollution is the result of humans extracting elements from the earth and using them for manufacturing goods. These elements are then discarded and left to accumulate in the atmosphere/water/ground.
Stuff is sequestered from the surface and accumulate like carbon in fossil fuels. Radioactive elements and toxic substances are buried. We humans extract and concentrate elements for use in manufacturing. Once discarded we don’t track these elements. Exposure is dangerous. Leaded gas. Mercury from light bulbs and tv’s.
Coal burning and manufacturing is filling the world with mercury.
Conservatives generally don’t believe in climate change, pollution affecting the planet, recycling, or depletion of natural resources. They feel the earth is an infinite resource. They underestimate the impact of humans on the planet. They have a confirmation bias that makes them “science deniers”. I have heard the conspiracy theory that scientists make up climate change so they can get more funding from the government.
Look back to see where the man-centric thought process started. Man originally thought the sun revolved around the earth. They thought the earth was flat. They were not aware of the planets or that life could exist outside earth.
The idea that Adam and Eve were the primary existence of the world. All other living creatures existed to serve man. Man was made in God’s image, animals were not, man was not evolved from animals. Creationism vs. evolution.
Even modest calculations show the world is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction that’s being caused by man – and is likely to lead to humanity’s demise if unchecked.
The scientists’ analysis, published in the open-access journal Science Advances, follows up on more than a decade’s worth of warnings about a rapid loss of global biodiversity. Many experts say the loss has risen to the scale seen during five previous global extinction events — the most recent of which occurred 65 million years ago when the dinosaurs died off.
Bees are disappearing, affecting the pollination of crops. Probably from climate change, overuse of pesticides, and fertilizers.
The environmental wisdom and spirituality of North American Indians is legendary.
Animals were respected as equal in rights to humans. Of course they were hunted, but only for food, and the hunter first asked permission of the animal’s spirit. Among the hunter-gatherers the land was owned in common: there was no concept of private property in land, and the idea that it could be bought and sold was repugnant.
I find an ironic parallelism how Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge and fell from paradise is a metaphor for how modern mankind is destroying the planet, and with it the literal garden of Eden.
Law of large numbers. It’s highly unlikely you will win the Powerball. Odds of winning are one in more than 292 million. But people still win. Get enough people to play and people win. 359 winners of Powerball total. So about a dozen or two win each year. The law of large numbers works like this, if you have something highly improbable and try enough times you will eventually hit your target.
There are 7.5 billion people on this planet, but many are still living in 3rd world conditions. Every year many millions are lifted from poverty and are modernized. Those people have a carbon footprint, a trash footprint, a resource consumption footprint. They want refrigerators, cars, consumer electronics and all the trappings of modern society. The planet has limited resources and a limited capacity to absorb impact.
Damage can be mitigated with smart strategies such as recycling, use of clean energy, contentious living, smarter food choices, technology