Friday, February 27, 2009

Everything is connected

I believe that everything on Earth is connected. What affects one person/animal/plant will affect another.
"It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. Ties into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Climate change can affect human health directly (e.g., impacts of thermal stress, death/injury in floods and storms) and indirectly through changes in the ranges of disease vectors (e.g., mosquitoes), water-borne pathogens, water quality, air quality, and food availability and quality."
- World Health Organization
I have an example of how some peoples' actions can affect others' quality of life. In my book You Can Save the Earth: 7 Reasons Why & 7 Simple Ways published by Hatherleigh it says, "In the United States, 6 billion pounds of phosphorous and nitrogen fertilizers from Midwestern farms leach into the Mississippi and its tributaries every year, causing massive algae blooms. Bacteria consume the algae, depleting the oxygen in the water and literally suffocating all marine life. Then, this toxic soup flows down to the mouth of the Mississippi and into the Gulf of Mexico, where it has created a "dead zone" that now measures almost 7500 square miles, an are nearly the size of New Jersey. American farm runoff has become an international environmental hazard." Knowing this kind of information really disturbs me. This situation is very overwhelming to think about, so to help myself and the environment step-by-step I can keep spreading my word and do what I can to minimize my carbon foot print.
"Soil is a resource, a living, breathing entity that, if treated properly, will maintain itself. It's our lifeline for survival. When it has finally depleted, the human population will disappear."
-Marjorie Harris

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