Ecological catastrophes

Ecological catastrophes



In our everyday lives ecological catastrophes have become something very common. Even when you walk out in the streets you witness a small ecological catastrophes lying on the streets. Every single plastic product thrown on the ground represents a threat to the Earth’s well-being.  Even though many people are aware of that fact they still continue to pollute the planet every day. Many organizations have started to take action against the reckless usage and destroying of the planet, but unfortunately result can be hardly seen.  Human mistakes, made when extracting or using natural resources, cause massive destructions of the planet’s biosphere.


In 1976 a disaster happened north of Milan in the Lombardy region in Italy.  It resulted in the highest known exposure to dioxin, a poisonous chemical produced during the process of making chemicals for killing plants. This became popular as the Seveso disaster. Our demands again came in contradiction to the natural order of things. The accident caused by a few workers turned into something like a mini apocalypse for the region.  Nearly six tones of the deadly material were distributed over an 18 km2. Within days a total of 3 300 animals were found dead and by 1978 over 80 000 animals had been slaughtered. Not to mention the cleanup procedures ended in releasing even more waste in the environment. The effects for us in this disaster were not smaller at all. Monitoring programmes estimated abortions, malformations, tumors and deaths among humans throughout the years.

 What conclusion can we make? That our desire to oppose the natural order of things, our reckless usage and extraction of natural resources can cause not only harm to the environment, which is essential for our survival, but also to ourselves.   And we can also see that for 34 years we have not learn our lesson and hove not taken enough measures to secure the existence of the flora and fauna, we have not reduced our consumption, although our natural resources are rapidly decreasing. We can take for example the numerous oil spills happening all of the time like the one in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, where a total discharge in the ocean estimated at 4.9 million barrels. A clear example of how our incompetence can harm our most precious brothers and sisters - the animals. As of 2 November 2010, 6,814 dead animals had been collected dead in that region. 67 dead dolphins had been found in the area affected by the oil spill, with 35 of them premature or newborn babies.

What can we do to prevent such disasters from happening? To solve this problem we need to first realize the problem, to take into consideration how it will affect the future generations, for example to ask ourselves “ Will dolphins still exist for my grandchildren to see?”, all the nations in the world to join their efforts to preserve our planet so that we can call it our home longer.


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