5 Factors That Threaten Mother Earth
Earth Day on April 22 is an opportunity to introspect on humanity’s responsibility towards Mother Earth. We take a look at the 5 biggest threats to Mother Earth today.
 
 

Earth Day on April 22nd is an opportunity to introspect on humanity’s responsibility towards Mother Earth. We take a look at the 5 biggest threats to Mother Earth today.

Mother Earth is like a giant living organism made of many closely interrelated components.  These components are constantly interacting to provide and maintain the circumstances necessary for survival. The microcosm and macrocosm have to work in unison to support life. From the tiny bacteria to forests and ecosystems which act as carbon sinks in maintaining the complex interaction of gases in the atmosphere, every component plays a crucial role.

If you were a doctor looking at Earth as a living organism, you would see that her survival is threatened. Human activity is breaking the balance of life. Unless we mend our actions, the system's ability to support life is being lost.

Here are 5 major factors that currently pose a threat to the Earth’s ability to sustain life.

Loss of Biodiversity

Ecosystems with higher levels of biodiversity are more stable and resilient. Each species is an important part of the ecosystem, specializing in their own functions and contributing to the whole. But planet Earth is currently going through a drastic change! It is estimated by experts that the current species extinction rate is between 1000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate.

Unsustainable Agriculture

Most of our agriculture is out of balance, putting a lot of stress on Earth’s life support systems. Modern-day agriculture usually consists of a monoculture, which leads to unstable ecosystems. If a farmer grows only corn, there will be no habitat for predators which consume pests, leading to a need for synthetic pesticides. In a monoculture, there are no species with large root systems to hold the soil together, causing soil erosion. Also, there are no species to cycle nutrients and fix soil nitrogen, leading to usage of chemical fertilizers. All over the world, farm land is turning to dust leaving a large and unpleasant question as to how our future generations will provide for themselves.

Population Growth

Over the last 100 years, the population has gone from less than 2 billion to over 7 billion. Alongside the population rise, the industrial revolution has made us more capable at consuming the Earth’s resources. As population size in developing countries continues to grow by the millions, there is a rise in the already high demand on resources. This growth is damaging Mother Earth’s organs. Her liver is now unable to filter out all our toxic waste which is polluting the water we drink; and her lungs can no longer handle all the toxic smog coming from our cities, changing the balance of gases in the atmosphere. It is our responsibility to make sure she doesn't collapse.

Deforestation

During the last century, most the world’s forest cover has been lost. Trees have been providing oxygen, filtering and cleaning the water, purifying the air, preventing soil erosion in farm lands and also providing us with food. All this, for FREE! Deforestation is seriously diminishing Earth’s capacity to provide for us today and for the generations to come.

Overuse of Non-renewable Energy

Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, consumption of fossil fuels has been rising drastically. Sadly, it does not look like this will reduce in the near future. Economic growth has lead to an increase in the demand for fossil fuel based energy. So what’s wrong with all this? Not only does the burning of fossil fuel pollute the air, it also releases carbon dioxide which is a greenhouse gas and has the effect of trapping energy from the sun in the Earth’s atmosphere. This affects global weather patterns causing drastic changes and endangering ours and our planet’s survival.

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5 years 3 months ago

Namaskar thanksgiving Sadguruji

5 years 3 months ago

I feel very sad from the heart each time I hear such matters on the future life of our generations. From my little way teh only thing that can be done is to Plant more and more trees and reduce excess dependence of Non Renewable energy. Hope each one of us take this very seriously and does his part too. Lot of Solar energy should be one solution-I feel. Thanks Sathguru for the post for reminding us.

5 years 3 months ago

Thanks Sadhguru. Wish everyone realizes this and stop taking things for granted. Glory to mother Earth.

5 years 2 months ago

Namaskaram,

I find the following highly relevant to be shared here.

John Robbins (son of Irv Robbins, one of Baskin-Robbins' co-founders) decided to walk away from his father's ice cream empire. Instead of devoting his life to selling junk food, he became a spokesman for nutritious food, healthy people, and a sustainable planet. He opted for a greater purpose in life.
John Robbins is the bestselling author of some of my favorite books on health and sustainability, including Diet for a New America, which was one of the first books I read on how our dietary choices impact our bodies and the planet as a whole.

From April 27 to May 5, Ocean and John Robbins are hosting a free online event called the Food Revolution Summit.
In this summit John interviews 24 leading voices in the movement for a healthier and more sustainable planet. The list of experts includes many people who are conscious / aware of Food, in particular ( according to me)

Here are some of the topics covered by the summit:

* How to prevent companies like Monsanto from destroying your health and the health of the planet
* What should you really be eating for the best health, energy, and mental clarity?

Many more...
http://www.stevepavlina.com/foodrev

5 years 2 months ago

It is during reads like this where I feel sad because it makes me think of how beautiful our planet is but not many appreciate it and some are unaware of what they are doing to it. I do hope that the future generation will still be able to see even just a glimpse of how beautiful earth is.

4 years 2 months ago

I feel the spectrum of issues that we have today all navigates to the root of disturbance that has been done to ,Land , Water , air, atmosphere, be it politics, religion , education, poverty, any thing that we can imagine,

4 years 2 months ago

Until world accept the Walter Russell's Science we are going to be doomed. We all going to do 'Atomic Suicide'.

2 years 6 months ago

Namaskaram,

"Most of our agriculture is out of balance,
putting a lot of stress on Earth’s life support systems. Modern-day
agriculture usually consists of a monoculture, which leads to unstable
ecosystems. If a farmer grows only corn, there will be no habitat for
predators which consume pests, leading to a need for synthetic
pesticides. In a monoculture, there are no species with large root
systems to hold the soil together, causing soil erosion. Also, there are
no species to cycle nutrients and fix soil nitrogen, leading to usage
of chemical fertilizers. All over the world, farm land is turning to
dust leaving a large and unpleasant question as to how our future
generations will provide for themselves."

Especially OGM coltures are most dangerous for the ecosystem, beacause they creates a imbalance.

But i think that the OGM (Monsanto and biotechnology) are a consequence of the population growth...

So the farmers are forced to barricade themselves in the artificiality of OGM to stem the demand that exceeds the production.
In these 10 years in the West there has been a clear opposition to monsanto's Biotechnology with a consequent rise in "organic and natural production" o better know at simply traditional farming (without OGM, pesticides and chemicals) that are not accessible to all people because the higher costs than the mass agricolture ( made with pesticides, OGM)...

10 months 3 weeks ago

Ι bet he is PERFECT at it!? Laughed Larry.