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Saving our Environment

Harry He

Douglas Anderson

Eng 200

19 March 2017

Second Position Paper: Keep our home clean!

Have you ever stopped to think how humans came to be and developed into complex societies of life? This is because our planet is one of the luckiest planets to be able to support life. However, as we humans continue to grow more in numbers, we require more resources. With the use of all these resources, a tremendous amount of waste is also littered back into the environment. Thus, destroying communities of other inhabitants. Why should I care about the environment? Making sure mankind prospers is all I care about. We rely heavily on our environment and animals to ensure our survival, if we take this for granted then humans will suffer as well. Animals are also living beings that need to be respected. We, the Cashonimic Party, will do everything in our power to protect our home we call Earth to ensure the well-being of all forms of life. Our plans to achieve this goal starts with creating environmental projects and providing incentives for people who are being-ecofriendly. Not only will this make our environment cleaner and healthier for all, but will provide our country with a financial boost.

Taking care of the environment is no easy task, especially with the damage that we humans have done to it. Some plans that we have in mind is to clean up trash all around society, reduce the frequency of littering and waste, and protecting wildlife habitats. Human growth and advancement has led to more resources being consumed for our everyday needs. For example, deforestation and overhunting of animals is primarily due to humans. According to the Forest Inventory and Analysis National Program, from 1760 to 2000, approximately 1040 million acres of forest area dropped to 749 million acres. One standard football field is about 1.32 acres, now try to imagine 220 million football fields worth of forests, gone.  With the growing numbers of Americans every day, the demand is increasing correspondingly. This mass project of being environmentally involved will allow jobs to be created which will in turn, benefit to the economy. By working together for a common goal, Americans will be more unified to save our planet.

Change can only occur through the efforts of the people. We need your full cooperation in order to create a cleaner world. Being eco-friendly requires effort, and we want to set incentives to reward those who are actively trying to help. This includes driving an eco-friendly car, using renewable energy such as solar power, hydropower, and or geothermal heating. As of right now, renewable energy is not made easily accessible because of big heating and electric companies that use coal and fossil fuel do not want people to make the switch to green energy because it would affect their business since 81% if the united states get energy from fossil fuels as started by the National Academics of Sciences. To encourage people to make the switch for green energy, we will be doing tax breaks for people who choose this. By making nonrenewable energy sources more accessible, more people will make the switch and cause the price for it to drop.

Human waste causes ecosystems to be destroyed which also harms and kills the living organisms inhabiting that area. Even though it primarily affects those animals, it still greatly affects humans. For example, one of the most difficult material to dispose of is nuclear waste. Leakage of contained nuclear waste is expected and this can cause adverse effects on life, causing mutation and cancerous growth. And for the past four decades, it is approximately 76, 430 metric tons of nuclear fuel was used. That waste has to be put somewhere, so it gets put in a container and placed in the environment. Because nuclear waste can remain radioactive for decades to centuries, radiation poisoning is present in the environment. In a study conducted by Duke University, the United States generates 220 million tons of waste each year, and 55% of that goes to over 3,500 landfills. This accumulation of waste causes pollutants to seep into the soil and disrupt ecosystems which also affects us humans. A more well-known pollutant that directly affects humans is the CO2 emissions that has been causing climate change. This increase in carbon dioxide also puts people at risk for asthma and other respiratory diseases.

Our environment is truly special because of its ability to sustain life. The Earth provides us with many resources; however, the growth and technological advancement of humans is using more resources than it can replenish. This also contributes to the significant amount of waste created by humans which is thrown into the ecosystem, ultimately destroying it. To counteract the damage caused to our planet, we must start utilizing renewable sources of energy. We want to encourage companies to invest in renewable energy so the people can start using green energy. In addition, proper procedures of reducing, reusing, and recycling will be enforced to maximize efficiency and decrease waste in the environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work Cited

Smith, W. Brad; Miles, Patrick D.; Vissage, John S.; Pugh, Scott A. 2004. Forest Resources of the United States, 2002. General Technical Report NC-241. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station

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“The National Academies presents: What You Need to Know About Energy.” Fossil Fuels —. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2017.

“Impacts of nuclear waste.” Greenpeace India. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2017.

“On-Site Storage of Nuclear Waste.” Nuclear Waste Amounts & On-Site Storage – Nuclear Energy Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2017.

“Municipal Solid Waste Generation and Recycling United States 1900-2008.” Center for Sustainability & Commerce. Duke Univesrsity, n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2017. <https://center.sustainability.duke.edu/resources/green-facts-consumers/how-much-do-we-waste-daily>.

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