Tuesday, January 4, 2011

We All Deserve a Home

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed”. The world is like a factory, it generates resources for all of us living creatures, and it could only provide enough for every single one of us. There is a balance to all of this production, get too much and little will be left for others, get too little and there will be too much resources left. One of the species however, always gets too much of these resources or gathers them the wrong way – us humans.
Habitat destruction is the process in which natural habitat is rendered functionally unable to support the species present. In this process, the organisms which previously used the site are displaced or destroyed, reducing biodiversity. Tropical regions like The Philippines, Madagascar, and other countries mostly found in Southeast Asia are biodiversity hot-spots that feature high concentration of endemic species and, when these locations are combined it may contain half of the world’s terrestrial species.
The greatest misconception that we have about gathering resources is that we gather them because we need them; the truth is sometimes we gather them only because we want more than need. Stocking up on resources doesn’t sound too bad but when every single company stocks up, the impact on the environment will surely be great. This simple task of “stocking up” on resources is probably one of the largest, if not the largest contributor to habitat loss.
Habitat loss is very widespread, especially in the 1st world countries. Why so? Industrialization is one of the main causes of habitat loss, these anthropogenic changes to the land characteristics causes destruction of local habitats and as we all know, these factors cause too much destruction to forests and sea areas. Other human activities that cause habitat loss are mining, logging, fishing and urban sprawl most of which are only factors because they are done improperly and/or excessively.
There are very little we can do about this issue, most of which would need great funding and enforcement by the government. Some of the possible solutions would be protection of the remaining lands which are intact, family planning in highly populated areas and education of the public about the importance of natural habitat and biodiversity. As a citizen, you could help by blogging about the matter or simply education the public by word of mouth. Always remember, “The world can satisfy our need, but not our greed”.


Travis Gilson said...

By mi side, I ride my bike which is more than 10 times less polluting than driving a car.