Life as we know it originally was simple and pollution free. There was no pressure on the land and resources as the population was too less compared to the land available. The animal and natural resources were enough to sustain life and nature took care of the limited pollution which was created by man in the form of food waste.
With time and the evolvement of mankind came the advancement and the discovery of fire brought with it the first pollutant to the atmosphere – Smoke. But smoke was the only pollutant and still nature was capable enough to clean the atmosphere up. Man became more and more adventurous and the mental capacities evolved that he could start thinking more and more along the lines of living a comfortable life. He learnt and started to use more of nature’s bountiful resources in the form of trees to build his homes and shelters, water and minerals like iron. The polluting factors increased gradually. Natural resources were being used at ever increasing levels to sustain life and make it more comfortable.
With the coming of the Industrial revolution a much more dangerous form of pollution came into the picture. Industrial Waste. This was much more dangerous than just smoke which till now had been the only factor polluting the air. As science advanced so too did the pollutants which began to poison the earth. Then air was being polluted with smoke and the water with industrial waste. Then came the pollution of land with the amount of human waste increasing due to the increasing population. Chemical pollution came and then the plastic and other forms of industrial and radioactive waste. IN order to keep his immediate environment clean man kind began to pollute rivers, seas and oceans one by one. Now Global warming and nuclear waste has joined the ranks of the factors polluting earth and actually no one knows when its going to end and where.
So how do we save the earth and live in a pollution free environment. You know the answer to that question we believe. In order to make sure that earth survives another million years or so we need to start to act now before it is too late as time is suggesting.
First and most importantly we need a non-polluting source of energy to drive our vehicles and planes. Petroleum and its derivatives have the biggest hand to play in the pollution of this world. Number of cars on the road is increasing day by day as millions of new cars come on the roads on a daily basis. This has to stop as neither our roads nor our air can take the burden any longer. We are headed for a major disaster if we do not find the solution urgently.
We must find an urgent solution to the industrial pollutants which are poisoning our drinking water and the rivers which are our life line. There are many cities in the world which are running out of drinking water. Recently Cape Town faced such a crises and had to struggle to come out of it.
Nuclear Waste has to go. . The average life of Nuclear waste is in the region of 8 million years. The amount of waste being produced will impact the life on earth and the oceans in very quick time as is already being felt by the dwindling of marine life all over the world.
Plastic is also a by -product of Petroleum products. This is one pollutant over which every person on the earth has power to minimise and curtail use. If we can do this collectively then we can at least cut off pollution of our immediate environment in very quick time.