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?
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.
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.
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.
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.