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Sustaining The World We Live In

Sustaining The World We Live In

The narrative of climate change is often very misleading and not, strictly speaking, scientifically accurate. Planet Earth itself (the rock, not the creatures on it) is going to be absolutely fine no matter what we do; it’s been around for four and a half billion years and will exist for billions more years until the sun expands and humans, who’ve only been around for 3 million years, have long since disappeared.

No, it’s more the current biosphere that has scientists worried, the fact that global temperatures are rising at a rate that would normally take millions of years in just a few decades, how whole marine ecosystems are being eradicated and how deforestation and wildfires caused by global warming are slowly but surely reducing the world’s supply of oxygen, all of which threaten people, not the planet itself per se.

Like it or not, human beings are dependent on the biosphere to maintain modern civilization. At the current rate, those resources will eventually expire, at which point pretty much everything you know and take for granted will start to fall apart before your very eyes. That’s the problem.

It’s About Our Own Survival

Science is apolitical, and so when scientists say these things, it’s not about being politically correct. On the contrary, a lot of what they say tends to go down like a lead balloon. It is, nonetheless, important to inform people so that the necessary changes can be made. It isn’t too late to save humanity; if it were too late, scientists probably wouldn’t say a word because what would be the point?

It is absolutely possible to transform society so that human beings can sustain the resources upon which they depend, but there is a lot of ground to cover and not a lot of time left. The two main things are recyclability and carbon neutrality.

Recyclability

Plastic is a wonderful thing, as it does not biodegrade, making it perfect for innumerable functions, from storing food to plumbing. The problem is, what do we do with all this plastic once we’ve finished with it? Some scientists are working on the direct conversion of plastic polymers into energy, known as pyrolysis.

Still, in the meantime, the more plastic can be recycled, the better, rather than clogging landfills and destroying natural habitats. Paper faces a similar issue, as this directly ties into the demand for wood and deforestation. Recycled paper towels are one small example of this solution, since they give a second life to paper products that have already been used. The are many creative solutions to such problems.

Carbon Neutrality

However, greenhouse gases are the main area of concern, as this directly ties into global warming. Ultimately, this boils down to 3 things: gather energy from renewable sources like wind, solar, hydroelectric, and geothermal, as well as nuclear power, reduce the size of the meat and dairy industry, and become more energy efficient in the first place through things like insulation.

Similarly, if scientists can eventually work out how to make nuclear fusion more practical, we can effectively kiss goodbye to fossil fuels and nuclear waste entirely. Fingers crossed.

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Dana Cull

Dana is a digital content creator with a self-confessed obsession with writing. She is also an avid reader and loves to spend her leisure hours watching documentary films from different directors across the world.