How Human Changed The Earth Over The Years

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Perhaps you have seen some pictures of the old Earth from the internet where it looks hugely different from what it is right now. That is because, throughout thousands of years, humans have left marks on the planet. These changes are so evident that even the less knowledgeable geologist will immediately notice. And apparently, these changes are nothing but damage and destruction.

Psychologist Ginette Paris, wrote, “We are in the adolescent phase now, experiencing heartbreak with nature right now,” she said, “Where good nature and bad humans is a reversal of our old myth of God is good, while nature, women, and body are bad!”

What Are Those?

Nuclear Weapons

Every time a nuclear weapon gets launched, it spreads thousands of radionuclides. These are atomic radioactive isotopes contains a high amount of nuclear energy. Well, some experts would say that these atoms occur naturally, specifically in radon gas. However, most of these atomic radioactive isotopes don’t. It means that after almost seven decades of setting up nuclear bombs, the Earth receives a synthetic dusting of isotopes all over the planet, which includes Plutonium 239. It is an isotope that it emits an “alpha radiation.” Luckily, the isotopes do not penetrate the human skin. Unfortunately, when ingested or inhaled, it can irradiate the body’s internal organs.

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Fossil Fuels

Burning fuels like oil and coal release an emission, and it precisely does a lot of things in the environment, and people can expect that most of these results are not great. The regular habit of burning oil and fuels creates a concentrated carbon that gets trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere. However, humans pretty much do not care because their interest is in the process’s ability to decreases certain carbon isotopes, such as carbon-13. It is useful in detecting fossilized bones, shells, and trees. So regardless of the burning practice creating damage on the Earth, the harmful effects on the planet don’t seem to matter at all as long as people find something that suits their interest.

 Mass Extinction

Humans are still not aware that a lot of organisms are now having a hard time adapting to the changing environment. According to Barbara Markway, Ph.D., “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.” The same goes for other known species as well. With that, by an estimate, the extinction process achieves a rate of a hundred times faster than the normal. Yes, imagine that one. Though compared to the Permian time of extinction, the process is a bit lower from what species experience before. It gets known as “The Great Dying” where 96% of species appear eradicated in a short span of years. But today, though there are still traces and records of fossil fuels, the bones from humans and domesticated animals appear to dominate.

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Humans have significantly impacted the Earth in the most devastating way. Yes, we can all agree that the implications only want to serve the purpose of living a comfortable life. That is the goal there. However, looking back on the changes that the Earth has, we can say that we did a great job altering and creating massive damage to our only planet. Sarcastically, we have to congratulate ourselves for being so creative in making everybody’s life easy. But come to think of it. Does our planet deserve these damages?

“So, should we be hugging trees to feel better on a psychological level? Maybe in a near future, we will each be put in charge of our own totem that we will have to protect and honour in our everyday life. At the very least, we know that educating individuals from an early age to be aware of nature, by drawing upon our emotional connection to nature and our cultural platforms, has proven useful in human societies before.” – Oumar Konare, licensed psychologist. 

 

 

More Plastics In The Ocean (The Sad Reality)

Every year, millions of plastic garbage enter the ocean from certain lands from different places. Perhaps it is not something that concerns us because we somehow think that the vast ocean can accommodate those trashes. But what we frequently ignore is the fact that the plastic garbage we throw is going nowhere. It only flows in circulation across the ocean, while breaking itself down into the smallest pieces. From there, species across the marine life ingest it, while other remains of the trash go sinking at the bottom of the sea harming and endangering more oceanic creatures.

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Sad Truth

Oumar Konare, a psychologist, says, “Nowadays, global climate change and environment and wildlife protection have never been more talked about, with the prospect of humankind irremediably damaging our Home. At the same time, this destruction of our environment is taking its toll on us: some natural resources such as oil, soil, and fisheries are being used up, and subsequently conflicts and entrenched hunger are being exacerbated by this scarcity.”

Companies and industries can create million of plastics anywhere in the world. That is because it is convenient and way too easy to produce. There are no barriers or design paradigm that it needs to follow strictly. Therefore, all things about plastic production are quite unstoppable. That is the reason why there has never been a reliable solution to resolve its massive single-use packaging problem. People do not rethink and evaluate the entire system of plastic production. But there are quite some industries that initiate in changing the whole plastic production and consumption system where they include taking and making something out of plastics. Some of these are shoe thread, cement fillers, tables, chairs, and other stuff that pretty much takes plastic out of uselessness.

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Honestly, no one bothers to consider changing the plastic system not until the marine world cried out loud. It is a sad reality that for people to recognize the damage that plastics caused in marine life, sea creatures must first die and suffer in the most antagonizing way. Yes, an aim to start for a change is good. However, implementing a world policy will need to take time. It is entirely impossible to create a massive difference in one single night. Psychologist Ginette Paris devastatingly wrote, “We are in the adolescent phase now, experiencing heartbreak with nature right now,” she said, “Where good nature and bad humans is a reversal of our old myth of God is good, while nature, women, and body are bad!”

And what is more unfortunate is that not all people are comfortable in changing their ways. Not all individuals are okay with not using plastics. Some are still buying single-use plastics because they are used to doing it. Therefore, companies are not obligating themselves to create a change or think for an alternative as well. You see, it is always a two-way process. If the consumer is still buying, then companies will continue creating.

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You see, even if people are looking straight on the result of their actions, some are still inconsiderate. Regardless of the ocean gets filthy or the marine life gets endangered, yet, nobody cares. There are these people who think that their actions will not matter because of their limited number. There is this mentality that they believe they are the only ones who are doing it, so it will not take much of a difference. But the truth is, millions of people think and act the same damaging way.

Barbara Markway, Ph.D. advises, “Fall in love with the earth. Go outside. Hug a tree. Watch a bird. Look up. This will motivate all of us to make needed changes.”

The idea of “too late” is never a term for this. It is not an eye-opening too. What people need is suffering and life endangerment so that they will be able to understand what it is like when the world shuts down on them.

 

 

How To Help Save The Earth

In case you haven’t thought about it, climate change can be pretty much scary. Yes, a lot of people do not fear the caution right at this moment, and that is entirely understandable. Maybe they still haven’t seen any Earth proven destruction that can alarm them at an extreme level. Some of them may know a thing, but not until they witness it with their eyes; the damage of climate change will remain as a thought. Psychologist Oumar Konare says, “Nowadays, global climate change and environment and wildlife protection have never been more talked about, with the prospect of humankind irremediably damaging our Home. At the same time, this destruction of our environment is taking its toll on us: some natural resources such as oil, soil, and fisheries are being used up, and subsequently conflicts and entrenched hunger are being exacerbated by this scarcity.”

In case there is a slight concern left, let’s find out how we can be proactive in addressing the situation.

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How To Help

One way to help in addressing climate change is driving less when we can. If the destination is not that far and is close enough, it might as well consider taking an alternative. There is walking or riding a bike, which is both beneficial for our health, by the way. If in case the location needs vehicle travel, instead of driving our car, we can choose to carpool instead. It might be useful if we use public transportation too. With this simple approach, we get to help reduce vehicle consumption along with its carbon dioxide emission.

This is important because environmental changes affect teens and children as well. “The brains of children and teens are still growing and developing,” notes Lise Van Susteren, a psychologist. “Those growing brains make young people “particularly vulnerable to environmental stressors,” she adds. 

One known method that we need to practice diligently is recycling and reusing things when we can. Recycling can impact climate change a lot because recycled products can help save production energy. It can include the production of our food, plastics, cans, gadgets, furniture, etc. Yes, we sometimes excuse ourselves from throwing away stuff because we do not need them anymore. Occasionally, we get no chance of even using it again. But instead of throwing it all out, we can always donate it to charity if the product is still in good condition or give the recyclable materials to recycling companies.

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Diet can also create a massive contribution to addressing climate change. Yes, eating less meat is a plus point. As the animal agriculture industry emits large portions of greenhouse gases, frequent consumption of the meat will negatively sustain the emission. No, eating less meat does not necessarily mean we have to go vegan or vegetarian. Allowing a simple meat-less day or using a plant-based option meal once in a while can help a little bit.

The most important thing to do in helping to save the Earth is going through inspiring others. Providing people the right information that helps boost their environmental awareness can create a huge impact. Not only it will cater to the need of understanding climate change, but it also allows the solution to community problems. Some of these are proper waste management disposals, electric reservations, adequate water consumption, and so on.

“Nonetheless,” says Sander van der Linden Ph.D., “the finding that people derive and anticipate internal pleasure from helping to save the planet, even just a little, is something to be harnessed, nurtured, and celebrated.”

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The process of spreading the word in the motive of helping the Earth can be as easy as talking to family and friends about climate change issues. We can all work together in building groups and small organizations that allow the local community to partake. As long as we look forward to a healthier and greener future, each of us can help and make a difference. 

7 Green-Building Materials That Can Give Mother Nature Less Grief

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If Mother Nature is capable of showing emotions, she may be grieving day and night. After all, illegal loggers have already done severe damage in the mountains by cutting down gigantic trees to make structures before laws got passed to apprehend them. “Pollution is choking the planet,” says Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. He adds, “Pollution takes many forms: radiation, particles in the air, chemicals in the streams, and plastic in the oceans, among others.” Some people love to hike and go camping, but they don’t know that the trash they leave will stay there forever. Not to mention, there are many construction items invented that are non-biodegradable and will undoubtedly end up polluting the environment.

Ecopsychologist Lori Pye also notes, “This is a very different relationship with nature than one of disconnection. The present rupture between humanity and nature mirrors our disconnection between psyche and the unconscious and this is a core issue.”

What may give Mother Nature less grief is knowing that humans are starting to show more concern to the consequences of abusing the natural resources. Hence, if you want to use eco-friendly products to build something, e.g., a house, a restaurant, or even a commercial establishment, here are the seven green-building materials to try.

  1. Wood foam

If you are working on the insulated walls, you should stay away from the regular foam. What you can use instead is wood foam, which mainly consists of recycled woods, grounded into fine bits. Then the manufacturer pumps the material with gas to make foam.

 

  1. Straw

Assuming you have bales of straw at your disposal, you may utilize them to build an insulated wall as well. You only need to erect rebar stakes where the structure should be, and then stack the bales upward. That can keep you warm for a lengthy period, and you won’t do any harm to the environment.

  1. Ferrock

Are you aware that cement production increases carbon dioxide emission and inadvertently pollutes the planet? A remarkable alternative for this product is Ferrock, a building material that comes from recycled steel dust and ground glass. It does not require heating and is stronger than cement, which is why it’s an excellent choice.

  1. Rammed Earth

Another unique construction material is rammed earth. The idea is that you have to pack the soil into a pre-made mold so that it won’t lose the shape. The best way to create the mixture for the rammed earth is adding three percent of cement to the soil to allow it to harden like concrete.

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  1. Ceramic Earth

It is possible to create a ceramic house as well, you know. It is the kind of material you should get, especially if you live in a place that’s often devastated by earthquakes and heavy rains. To use it, you have to stack together adobe bricks and then set the walls on fire. The process is no different from making and baking earthenware.

  1. Corkwood

Considering you want a product that acts as an insulating material but does not need covering, you should go for corkwood. You start by cutting it into several pieces of equal lengths. There’s no reason for you to worry about their thickness because the combination of small and large wood sizes add to the structure’s aesthetics. Not to mention, gluing them with mortar gives you sturdy walls.

  1. Pneumatically Impacted Stabilized Earth (PISÉ)

In case you feel like tamping earth will set you back on your work, you can opt for pneumatically impacted stabilized earth (PISÉ). The distinguishing factor for this building material is that the workers set up a one-sided structure that serves as the mold that they can remove later. Then they use a gunite machine to spray the mixture against the wall and wait for it to harden.

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Choosing any of these green-building materials for your next construction project will not jeopardize your career. The insulation and walls they make are as sturdy as the ones built with manufactured items. Most even make sturdier structures than usual resources because you need to pack and stack small pieces to create something that’s a few feet tall.

You should seriously consider using green-building materials soon to give Mother Nature less grief.

To end, Marjie L. Roddick, LMHC, reminds us that “environmental wellness is related to the surroundings you occupy. This dimension of health connects your overall well-being to the health of your environment.”

 

 

 

Quick Tips On Protecting Mother Nature Against Total Destruction

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Isn’t it astounding how much all the citizens on this planet seem to invest in modernization?

New smartphones, tablets, computers, and other gadgets come out multiple times a year, and every one of them is better than their predecessor. The kitchen and bathroom fixtures that you see in the stores have a more excellent appeal to people, in the sense that you can now keep eating utensils sterilized 24/7 and you may use several showerheads to achieve that rain effect. Of course, kids and adults alike have embraced digitalism already, to the point that they rely on mobile devices to tell time, learn about the news, et cetera.

Nevertheless, as much as we enjoy the luxuries readily available in the market, we should not forget that there’s one thing that suffers the more we allow technology to rule our lives. That is Mother Nature, and its existence has always been in peril since the evolution of the gadgets, appliances, and basic tools that we use every day.

Although no one expects human beings to say no to technological advances entirely, everyone should at least try to do the following to protect Mother Nature against destruction. Ecopsychologist Lori Pye says, “Nature as Mother is fraught with all sorts of problems, but the main difficulty is the complex that lies with nature as Mother and that of the Mother Complex.”

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  1. Only Use Cars For Lengthy Travels

Vehicles generally offer convenience to all of us. However, you may want to use your car mainly if the trip takes over 20 minutes, and then just walk or take your bicycle for short distances. The reason is that the fuel that gives energy to autos comes from non-renewable resources. Even if the car happens to run on electricity, you are still contributing to the damage that the burning of fossil fuels causes to the environment.

  1. Consume Water Sparingly

As mentioned above, manufacturers tend to produce large shower heads that make you feel as if you are bathing in the rain. The tubs and jacuzzies are more inviting now than ever too. Outside of the bathroom, it may be a force of habit to wash your vehicle every other day or leave the faucet running when washing the dishes. “Many measures can conserve water, but all efforts will be ineffective unless two agenda items are set at the top,” says forensic psychologist Gary Freitas. 

Well, it matters to limit your activities that involve the use of gallons of water on a regular basis since Mother Nature is not too happy about it. Drought occurs more often these days than before, you see. A time may come when we will experience scarcity in water, and that can undoubtedly be troublesome for everyone. According to psychologist Stuart Rennie, “Global pressures on commodities, successive droughts and changing market demands continue to add pressure to family units trying hard to retain their farming lifestyle.”

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  1. Avoid Using Electricity All The Time

Since it may not be advisable to turn off Xerox machines and computers in your workplace, you should aim to utilize electricity as seldom as possible at home. Say, instead of having the AC or electric fan on, open your windows and curtains to let the fresh air circulate. If you want to cook something, you may use the gas range. Redecorate the entire space with bright colors if necessary as well to ensure that you won’t need lighting until the sun goes down.

  1. Opt For Biodegradable Containers

When you have leftover food in the house or ask a restaurant to deliver hot meals to you, it is best to put the dishes in cartons instead of microwaveable plastics. If you get household supplies, the detergents in boxes or fruits and vegetables that you can pick up individually are better than the ones sealed in non-biodegradable wrappers. This way, you will only be throwing away items that will eventually decompose, not the ones that will pollute the environment.

  1. Make Recycling A New Hobby

Finally, you should always look for things to recycle at home or in the office. When you aren’t doing much, try to find random cardboard boxes there that can become organizers for the objects you rarely use. You can also create a unique artwork or wall decoration out of wooden blocks, plywood, or metals that have been in the basement forever. As for the aluminum cans or glass bottles that some ingredients or beverages come in, you may sell them or utilizes the pieces for your kids’ school project; or even projects you work on like building toys.

Don’t wait for more scary phenomena to take place before you think of protecting Mother Nature. You have the means to do it now. You should do it while saving the planet is still possible.

Good luck!