As humans evolve, their intelligence and ability also go up a higher level. That is the reason why almost every decade and years, there are discoveries of a lot of things. “Humans are the most intelligent system we know,” says Noah Goodman, Ph.D. There is electricity, building construction, materials, and food production, medical equipment, and a lot more. Honestly, it is significantly fantastic how we managed to find the perfect ways of living conveniently. That is, regardless of whatever it takes. By “whatever it takes,” I meant the destruction and impact of human creation on the Earth.
One of the things that create a permanent impact on the planet is the creation of new materials. Take aluminum, for example. Pure elemental aluminum doesn’t come in nature because it is a human-made compound. Yes, people produce approximately 500 million of aluminum all over the world to create things useful and convenient. These include knives, forks, pans, plates, and the list goes on. Humans love producing tons of it because it is lightweight, durable, corrosion-resistant, flexible, and impermeable. But in terms of its production, it takes a lot of energy to create. So imagine how Earth would have to put up in creating millions of it in a year.
Consider adding concrete as well. Just over the past 20 years, there is about 25 billion tons of concrete that cover the planet. Throughout human history, people managed to cover enough surface of the Earth, leaving it in a state where its soil surface appears trapped in a human-made pavement. Yes, I get that. It is one of the most useful creations humans ever made because it helps out in transportation and shelter. But people do not know that cement industries are part of the contributing producers of carbon dioxide. Aside from its ability to damage the most fertile layers of the Earth, it is also a contributing source of a chemical that harms the atmosphere. This further causes air pollution.
“How can teens limit their exposure to air pollution?” says Jonas Miller, a psychologist. “They “should consider limiting their time outside during rush hour. That’s especially important “on days when air pollution is particularly strong.”
Humans create millions of plastics every day. Yes, we all know that. We love the way how it provides us convenience in almost 90% of our stuff. Perhaps that is the reason why people tend to ignore the damages it causes our environment. Seeing those birds, animals, and other marine lives ingesting plastics out of nowhere, humans are less alarmed. That is because instead of thinking about how plastics can become an issue, the goal is to live a comfortable and manageable life. Barbara Markway, Ph.D. says, “Despite the fact that scientists have tried to educate Americans about our environmental chaos for a long time, it doesn’t seem to be sinking in.”
In addition to the chemical traces we leave behind the Earth, we are also physically changing a massive amount of surface of the planet. That is due to the extensive process of farming, mining, deforestation, and modifying dams and coastlines. Humans already transformed the large portion of the Earths’ land area. Today, the planet is nowhere near its healthy and beautiful state as it was before.
All of these damaging things affect the Earth. What for? Well, it is for our convenience. We should be thankful because our Earth is sacrificing a lot for our demands. But is it that hard enough to consider the planet this time?