As a human living on the earth, you expect it to last for at least another billion years, right? Think again. In reality, the world is slowly fading. Why? Because of the human’s race. It is because of our actions have an impact on the environment? We do this in many ways.
One of the ways we impact the environment is landfills. A landfill is a place where humans dump their waste. Human’s do not care what they throw away and will throw away anything without a thought to the impact it will have on the enviroment. Even if the item can be recycled, humans still throw it out. These landfills take part in releasing harmful toxins and chemicals into the air polluting the air as well as the ground. The idea of a landfill is not always bad, but the way humans fill them up is the cause of the problem.
A simple way that humans affect the environment is water pollution. This is a familiar term to most, but what does it mean? Water pollution is when toxins or chemicals find their way in water. There can be many different ways that these toxins and chemical find their way into the water. When these chemicals find their way to water, they can do many harmful things to the water. It can kill or harm the animals that live under the water. Not only that, but it can put human’s health at risk as well.
Air pollution is also a way humans impact the environment. Air pollution is when chemicals and toxins make their way into the air that humans breathe. Humans pollute the air by burning off fossil fuel, spraying chemicals, and more. Humans do this when they drive cars, spray crops, burn things, and many others. Also, air pollution not only affects our health and the world around us, but the wildlife as well. The harmful chemicals and toxins that are being put it to the air also affect the ozone layer. Without an ozone layer humans will be in harm’s way every day. Smoking also affects the environment. Smoking not only harms the human that are doing it but harms the environment by polluting the air.
Deforestation effects the environment as well. Deforestation is when humans clear a forest or wooded area to make more space for them or to simply have wood to build things. This not only takes animals from their home, but harms the human’s water cycle and oxygen level. “Due to deforestation, the planet’s forests have shrunk by half its area in the past 11,000 years”, says Jean Scheid.
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“How do Humans Affect the Environment.” green livin.lovetoknow. Jean Scheid, n.d. web. 2/2/2012.
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