Human responsibility

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Information about Human responsibility

Published on March 1, 2014

Author: littlevagabond


Learning Goals: • To understand the interactions between the 4 spheres • To understand human responsibility for the planet

Humans have developed the ability to drastically affect, or even completely destroy, the Earth. Therefore, we (humans) have a responsibility to the Earth to keep it intact. Taking care of the Earth is not just a responsibility -it's a privilege

• Increase in the human population • Deforestation – the removal of trees to make way for agricultural land resulting in a reduction of carbon sinks. • The process of deforestation itself causes high levels of carbon dioxide to be produced as the trees are burnt • Increase in livestock (cows, sheep, pigs etc) for human use causes an increase in the levels of methane gas being produced

• Agriculture • Timber harvest • Mining • Urbanization • Introduction of exotic species • Harvesting of fish and wildlife • Fire suppression

Tree removed and replace with pasture (for animals) or crops

Deforestation removes trees and replacement over time

Open cast mining removes much vegetation Underground mining affects water tables Underground gold mine in Wales UK Open Cast mine in Virginia USA

Removes trees and replaces natural landscape with concrete Lake Union Samish Lake

• Trying to develop more fuel efficient cars • Developing electric or hybrid cars • Governments and businesses are investing in wind power • Governments investing in solar power for heating water and generating electricity • Planting trees • Recycling programs

• Conserve water by using less and also installing water tanks to collect rainwater • Conserve power by installing solar panels, turning off unused appliances and buying more energy efficient products • Buy more energy efficient vehicles, use cars less and public transport more, car-pooling • Replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs

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