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Nature’s destruction and its effects

A recent study showed that nature’s destruction at the hands of humans is getting even worse, not just for nature but also for humanity. The losses of biodiversity are getting worse and if left unchecked they can seep into things that humans need.

Things like food, fresh water, and fish are all starting to suffer because of the exploitation of the environment, and the growing human population. More land is being cleared because of needs to grow food, create housing, and build other buildings that these growing towns will need but often at the cost of the plants and animals that live there.

The effects of a growing people

Prairies and wetlands are often turning into croplands and shrimp farms to feed a growing world, however, we lose the biodiversity and nature that is found there originally. In addition, our planet has developed natural ways to deal with massive weather events, and our expansion weakens them.

For example, forest fires often allow forests to start over by burning down the dead trees and enriching the soil with minerals, then a new generation of trees can rise up and become a new forest. However, if the forests are replaced with fields that grow food, fires can swiftly rage out of control and destroy everything in their path with no real benefit.

Climate change and our use of fossil fuels also cause problems for the temperature of the Earth, which raises the temperature of land and water, seriously impacting natural animal movement and migration, especially with fish. If the temperature of the water keeps rising, they can’t travel to lay their eggs which directly impacts both fishing in the present and future.

Poverty

People might not think that poverty and destruction of natural resources go together, but they do. Third world countries rely on logging, hunting, and gathering to survive their day to day lives. With deforestation and illegal chopping of trees becoming a problem, poverty is only increasing for the third world.

Plus, those same nations don’t have any methods to provide other jobs or even educate the populace on how to preserve biodiversity and be sustainable. There are other jobs that even the most unskilled laborer could do to make more money than chopping wood, such as collecting honey and selling that, or even sustainable hunting and gathering.

The poor are the ones who depend the most on the environment and are the most affected by climate change, and by teaching them how to manage their fisheries and wildlife, we can start the mutually beneficial track of lifting them from poverty while also protecting their way of life at the same time.

A long road ahead

The effects of natural resources being destroyed are far-reaching and impact everyone. It isn’t just the land and the climate that is being destroyed, but also the people who depend on the land and climate for survival. If these effects aren’t understood, countered, and stopped from spreading, they are going to get much worse.