How To Save The World Essay

Essay on To Save the Earth

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To Save the Earth

I wonder how much the front yard of my childhood home is worth. Of course, it's worth less now than before. Once, a stately tree stood in each corner: a tall lilac, a pine, a cherry tree, and a droopy evergreen. My favorite tree lived in the middle. I never knew what kind it was, but every spring it blossomed in delicate pink, and on warm afternoons, I read under its canopy. The front yard no longer looks like that, however. My father removed the lilac bush because it made the lawn too difficult to mow, and cut many of the branches from the pine and my pink-flowered tree so that friends could park their cars on our lawn rather than getting ticketed for parking on the street.
Eventually, my tree died from those…show more content…

He likens destroying our environmental heritage to destroying our cultural one. He questions whether we can really replace or improve upon the works of Shakespeare, Beethoven, Goethe and the Beatles the way some claim science will one day allow us to do with living creatures. Pointing to various psychological studies, Wilson also suggests that we instinctively feel an affinity for other forms of life and hence that living in balance with nature is necessary for our mental well being. Although thought-provoking, his stance isn't persuasive enough to convince someone like my dad, or even me.

To convince someone like my dad that the environment is worth saving, a monetary value needs to be attached to it. Wilson does so, exploring the value of the environment as both a source of raw materials and a provider of services. Particularly compelling is his discussion of the forested watershed in the Catskill Mountains of New York, which purifies the water supply for New York City. As the watershed became more and more polluted, "Officials in New York City...could build a filtration plant to replace the Catskills Watershed, at $6 billion to $8 billion capital cost, followed by $300 million annual running costs; or else they could restore the Catskills Watershed to somewhere near its original purification capacity for $1 billion, with subsequently low maintenance costs."

He also estimates that

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Save the Earth and Save Life Essay

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“The polar bear, while surviving in drastically reduced numbers, is already effectively extinct in its natural habitat—and no amount of change can save it. Scientists estimate that just 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears survive in the wild,”(Walker, Gabrielle and Sir David King). Global warming is affecting not only polar bears but also many other species that are going extinct. Habitats are destroyed and islands are invaded by the sea water, slowly sinking. Every living thing and environment on this earth is affected by global warming. However, many decide to ignore such facts and choose to believe that global warming will positively effects the earth, rather than destroying the it. Although global warming has been ignored by many people, it…show more content…

“The polar bear, while surviving in drastically reduced numbers, is already effectively extinct in its natural habitat—and no amount of change can save it. Scientists estimate that just 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears survive in the wild,”(Walker, Gabrielle and Sir David King). Global warming is affecting not only polar bears but also many other species that are going extinct. Habitats are destroyed and islands are invaded by the sea water, slowly sinking. Every living thing and environment on this earth is affected by global warming. However, many decide to ignore such facts and choose to believe that global warming will positively effects the earth, rather than destroying the it. Although global warming has been ignored by many people, it should be prevented since it destroys the environment and global ecosystem.
Many business owners believe that global warming will benefit the economy by opening up more efficient shipping routes and provide easier access to oil and gas deposits. However, both developments will bring security issues, as arctic countries will compete for such access. "Whether the open access and greater shipping is a benefit to the world is an open book, we are going to produce even more oil and gas and carry it to the world and just enhance the (greenhouse gas) emissions” (Roach); However, the opening up of the new shipping route will cause higher production of fossil fuel and will lead to high greenhouse gas emission, causing the greenhouse effect to be even

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