Week 9-How People Effect the Environment Around Them

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Running head: How People Affect the Environment 1 How People Affect the Environment around Them Student’s name Comm/156 2/2/2013 Kelan L. Koning
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How People Affect the Environment 2 How People Affect the Environment around Them Have you ever asked how a person’s daily routine and consumption of goods can affect the environment? Every act a person performs has an impact on the environment from using energy to purchasing their favorite products to clearing land for agricultural use. According to John Marton (2011), “As of 2010, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans generate millions of tons of pollution each year, and spend tens of billions of dollars to control and manage it” (paragraph 1.). Thirteen million hectares (46,332 square miles) of forest are cleared each year to create agricultural land for cash crops and cattle ranching to feed the ever-increasing number of people. (Paper Life Cycle Greenblue 2011 paragraph 3). As people use more energy they speed up the negative consequences of climate change this can create more extreme weather events. While the human population negatively impacts the environment, they can make changes in their daily routine to reduce the damage they cause. Humans effect the environment in many ways. Several decisions that humans make have negative effects on the environment, but there are some actions that, we as humans, make that have positive effects on the environment. Some of the negative effects people have on the environment are pollution and deforestation. People pollute the environment in so many ways it is hard to keep up with what they should not be doing as a collective whole. Pollution is found in the air, water and soil. Pollution is caused by many different aspects of daily living, from the amount of time they spend in their vehicles, to what their thermostats are set on, to the products they buy and what they are packaged in, even how items are disposed of. (Elizabeth Smith, Demand Media). As mentioned before, another way, we as Humans, have a negative effect on the environment is deforestation.
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How People Affect the Environment 3 Deforestation is the clearing of forests to use the land for other purposes such as residential development or farm land. Deforestation can cause soil erosion which then can cause many other problems. Along with the clearing of forests, which are the habitats for so many living creatures, the extinction of plants, animals, trees and many other life forces that thrive in the forest becomes a concern and will eventually become a problem. Another problem that deforestation can contribute to is, “The carbon cycle.
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