ENS 314 - 2A - ENS-314 Global Environmental Change Living...

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ENS-314 Global Environmental Change Living in the Environment: Concepts, Connections, and Solutions , 16th ed., by G. Tyler Miller, Jr., and Scott E. Spoolman (Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole CENGAGE Learning, 2009). Written Assignment 2 Answer each of the following questions thoroughly. Provide each answer with scientific/technical detail. For certain questions you may need to supplement your answers with statistics or relevant examples. Be sure to acknowledge and cite your sources properly, preferably in APA style. 1) How would you respond to a person who argued that there is nothing to worry about because natural systems, through natural succession, will heal the wounds of human activities and restore the balance of nature? (LO 2.1, 2.3) For those who challenge my course of study of environmental science, I ask them to examine a few verifiable facts, starting with some of the basics. Our numbers on the planet are increasing daily, approximately 1.6 million per week, what resources are increasing to support these additional people, starting with clean water, food and oxygen. Where are these people for the most part being born? Developing countries? China and India? What ecological effect does each person put on the Earth? I ask them if they understand our environment? How the environment needs to work? I ask them if they understand the ramifications of the possibility of being wrong? The possible disease, decreased health conditions, lack of water, dramatic climate change, food shortages. I ask them if they know of an animal that might be over populated, and what happens to that environment. I ask them if they are confusing the planets survival with the survival of the human race? Most realize they are confusing the human race survival with the planet’s survival. Then I start to explain; The average American generates 20 tons of Carbon every year 1 . Our carbon footprint is the measure of the amount of carbon dioxide produced by a person. This carbon comes from our life 1 http://www.carbonfootprint.com/carbonfootprint.html
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cycle and direct fossil fuel emissions. The industrialized environment adds substantially to this carbon footprint. Each week approximately 1.6 million people are born in the world. Most of this increase in population occurs in developing countries were their current carbon footprints are decreased because they currently struggle for sustainability. Two of the largest developing countries, China and India, are just beginning their industrialized carbon footprint. Industrialization has degraded the earth’s natural capital, magnifying the ecological footprint of each person exponentially. Human activities such as landscape alterations, farming, removal of natural habitats that protect the Earth and process carbon dioxide, pollutants to our soil and freshwater supply, decreased natural vegetation. Are a summarized view of long-term wounds to the Earth that can take thousands and tens of thousands of years to restore.
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