The poisoning of the world's
land, air, and water
is the fastest-spreading disease of civilisation. It probably produces fewer
headlines than wars, earthquakes and floods, but it is potentially one of
history's greatest dangers to human life on earth. If present trends continue
for the next several decades, our planet will become uninhabitable.
Overpopulation, pollution and energy consumption
have created such planet-wide problems as massive deforestation, ozone
depletion, acid rains and the global warming that is believed to be coused by
the greenhouse effect.
The seas are in
danger. They are filled with poison: industrial and nuclear waste, chemical fertilisers and
Mediterranean is already nearly dead; the North Sea is following. The Aral Sea
is on the brink of extinction. If nothing is done about it, one day nothing
will be able to live in the seas.
Every ten minutes one kind of
enimal, plant or
insect dies out for ever. If nothing is done about it, one million species
that are alive today will have become extinct twenty years from now.
Air population is a very serious
Cairo just breathing the air is life threatening- equivalent to smoking two
packs of cigarettes a day. The same holds true for Mexico City and 600 cities
of the former Soviet Union.
Industrial enterprises emit tons of harmful
substunces. These emissions have disastrous consequences for our planet. They
are the main reason for the greenhouse effect and acid rains.
An even greater environmental threat are nuclear
power stations. We all know how tragic the consequences of the Chernobyl
People are beginning to realise that environmenta
problems are not somebody else's. They join and support various international
organosation and green parties. If governments wake up to what is happening-
perhaps we'll be able to avoid the disaster that threatens the natural world
and all of us with it.