You have to wonder, with all these weather disasters, if it's our fault.

Canada
March 11, 2011 1:28pm CST
Let me warn you now that this may be a very long topic. If you don't want to read it, then move on now. With the recent quake in Japan earlier today, and all the weather disasters that have plagued the world since last year, do you not wonder if it is the fault of human kind? Think about this for a moment if you will. Scientists and environmental experts warned us about global warming. They mentioned several times that the pollution in our air was not helping any part of the environment. With that being said, how many world leaders actually listened and heeded their warnings? Probably very few to be honest. Think about this right now. About 100 years ago, give or take, the automobile was put on the road for the first time ever. Some vehicles ran on electricity didn't they? Fast forward to the time that auto makers realized that they could use fuel in the vehicles. Emission causing pollutants to help foul up our air. When people realized that this was helping to contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer, the auto makers decided to find a way to get back into electric cars. When was the first hybrid vehicle introduced? Toyota I think came out with the first one, I don't recall the exact model name, but now they have more hybrid models on the market. Ford came out with the Escape hybrid model in 2005 I think, but by then we truly felt the effect of global warming on our planet when we were reminded of this fact. The use of CFC's in aerosols was also a contributing factor to the ozone depletion, I don't know exactly how this worked, but the chemicals were released into the atmosphere causing irreversible damage. As the years go on, the hole gets bigger and bigger. Why? Still more pollutants getting into the air. Until recently, this was done by coal fired power plants, and by factories that didn't have protective screens on their smoke stacks. These factories used to emit high levels of pollution in and of themselves. Now that I've explained all of that, and that's just information I know, I didn't research anything, I wonder what's causing further damage to our environment. I know that deforestation is still a contributing factor, trees are being destroyed faster than they can be replaced. In this day of recycled consumer products, I wonder why deforestation is allowed to continue. Ponder that one if you will. Most of the paper products that you used today come from a certain percentage of post consumer recycled material. My question is why isn't it 100% recycled material? I'm sure it can be done, and it would decrease the rapid rate of deforestation and allow reforestation to occur. The polar ice caps are melting and disappearing at an alarming rate. I believe in the last 25 years we've lost a good amount of them. Ozone depletion due to high levels of pollution are the main contributing factor I believe. Ocean temperatures are increasing on a steady basis year after year, and this doesn't help prevent the caps from disappearing for good. The change in the environment isn't helping. Mother nature unleashes her fury, probably because she's upset that us humans are destroying what used to be our natural habitat. This is disrupting the eco system. Fish are dying, as are birds, we heard just last week about the massive sardine washup on the west coast of the USA. As the earth gets warmer, I'm sure this is causing the shifts in tectonic plates and causing the massive earthquakes, ones so bad that they destroy countries with the resulting tsunamis. So, this brings me back to the question at hand, do you think it's our fault this is happening? Did we, as humans, destroy our planet enough to have it fight back? Do you think our planet is going to destroy us because we've been destroying it over time? I answer yes to all of those, because I'm sure it's our fault. If we had just listened to the environmentalists when they told us to change our ways, this might not be happening today. My heart goes out to each and every person affected by all these disasters that have been faced in the last year or so.
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@xfahctor (14131)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
15 Mar 11
What has the weather got to do with an earthquake?????
• Canada
27 Apr 11
I'm talking about the earth as a whole. And earthquakes and weather go hand in hand when it comes to the environment.
@murdude (24)
• Canada
12 Mar 11
I totally disagree. Are you saying that natural disasters are just recent thing? That the earth didn't experience floods, volcano eruptions, hurricanes, etc. centuries and millenniums ago? Can you prove to me that temperatures did not have periods of fluctuations and abnormalities throughout the ages long before records were kept? Sure, we should be aware of ways to keep the air clean and preserve our planet, but I lean toward the thought that these things could be and probably are, cyclical in nature and all of this is a general over reaction for the most part.
• Canada
27 Apr 11
In the last couple of years, there have been more frequent disasters. Look at Japan, they are continually getting aftershocks. I haven't heard of any one earthquake spawning so many aftershocks like this one did. The original quake was so intense that it shifted the earth's axis about 3". Sure, natural disasters happen, but look back through history, have you ever seen a bout of it as severe as now? A couple of years ago, our city, which doesn't sit in a tornado alley, got hit with 18 tornadoes in one day. We rarely get any, one or 2 a year. Last summer, there was an earthquake 600km's from us, but we felt the vibrations where we were. We don't sit on a tectonic plate. Hurricanes have become more frequent over the last few years, more tornadoes have spawned in recent years than in past decades. I've seen more flooding in the city in the last couple of years than I have seen since I moved here 13 years ago. So, the frequency and severity is a recent thing.
• India
12 Mar 11
Hi my friend, You are absolutely correct. We alone are entirely responsible for this kind of natural disasters. It is like , Smoking cigerete and getting drunk. Eventhough we know that they are not good for health, We do it for our satisfaction. Likewise, we know that polluting the atmosphere is not good for the planet, and we still do it anyway. People should feel ashamed , when they see disasters like this. Everything is in the people's hands. They must take steps to help strengthen the environment and our earth. People should avoid using those stupid vehicles that cause pollution, and start using something that doesnot hurt the environment. They should know, our planet not only holds many lives but also it has its own life, which should be respected. We should not act like deadly viruses killing the planet. we should act like a medicine that will heal the planet. Afterall, without the life of the planet, we cannot have our lives with us. Just think.
• Philippines
12 Mar 11
natural disasters like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are by default,nature's "reaction" to certain stimuli.whether we like it or not,earthquakes will happen.whether we like it or not,a volcano will erupt.some actions of men,though,contribute to making nature's default "reaction" worse.because of much damage to the environment,temperatures up to the extent of the earth's core is rising.
@khithi17 (762)
• Philippines
12 Mar 11
I totally agree. It is really our own fault why the earth is suddenly fighting back on us. we are not treating it the way it should be treated. We don't care if we destroy something of it or all of it. all we care about is getting what we want and what we need whatever it takes. whether or not we destroy our own planet. We keep on inc=venting things and rejoice upon discovering it. though we know that it could hurt the environment. now that earth is taking its toll on us, I just hope that now is not too late to change our ways. I hope we still have time to take care of our world and bring back all we took from it.