Is the environment altered by us ?

We all know that we are  stationed on  a planet that is sensitive and that needs to be taken care of at all times. We need to respect , love and admire our surroundings . What about if constant change on our planet is by our doing ?. How about if its all human caused?

First of all , what do we mean by the term environment?. It simply means the surroundings or conditions in which a person , animal , plant lives or operates.

Peter M. Vitousek who is an American ecologist that has graduated from Amherst College  in 1971 and received his PHD in biology established that environmental change is caused by human activity . The increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by reasoning of fossil fuel burning is an action by our doings as individuals.The alternation in biochemistry of the global nitrogen cycle  is another impact due to human activity to such extent that more nitrogen is fixed annually by humanity. This added nitrogen alters the atmosphere  , ecosystems and the biological diversity in may areas. Finally , human land use /land  cover transformed one half of the earths surface . Degradation of land effects the biological diversity on land and on ecosystems. Species begin to cease and become extinct. Is this fair on their behalf? . How cruel and hurtful is this act?

Social implications are there to protect the planet we are currently breathing on. Curbing fossil fuel consumption could save many lives from air pollution. Adopting more environmentally friendly benign forms of agriculture  so approaches that use fewer chemicals may cause less ecological disruption. Ethics also  plays a role in this dynamic. As humans , we are obliged to respect our surroundings because we actually owe things to creatures or entities within the environment 

What do you think ?. How important is maintaining and respecting our environment ?

 

Is Inhaling cigarettes that bad?

Cigarette smoking causes 1 of every 5 deaths in Australia according to the centre of disease control and prevention. 269,655 deaths annually by men and 173,940 death annually by women. Isn’t this appalling ?. How can something so small cause great damage ? .If it is that bad , why is it being overhyped and so common? 

The real question is , what is smoking ? .Smoking is simply inhalation and exhalation of the fumes from the actual burning of the tobacco in the cigarette.

What does it do ?

Tobacco in itself contains nicotine which is a poisonous  alkaloid. According to the medical researches , General Practitioners and Health Researches  , a smoker has a significantly  greater chance of lung cancer than a non smoker depending on factors such as the  number of cigarettes smoked and the number of years being exposed to it. According to the same sources and statistical evidence  , being a primary smoker causes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other cardio-vascular diseases. 

Even though  smoking is a bad habit and affects an individual in may ways such as mentally , psychology and socially , ethical and social implications have been put into place. Socially , support groups have been introduced for smokers in order for support and counselling. Another great aspect is the Frame work Convention of Tobacco Control. This is a treaty adopted by the World Health Organisation in 2003 that  deals with marketing of tobacco products.The ethical side is simply that smokers are not  only harming themselves but others around them to who are exposed to it.

Smoking is a silent killer . Is it really worth it all?

Burning Away

Every year in Australia between 95 and 99% of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun reported by the Cancer Council Australia. With  a statistic like this in mind , its hard to believe that something that people see as an element of beauty can have such a negative effect on society.

Australia is commonly known as a beach orientated  country .It would be wise to accentuate  the importance  of sun protection and stress why people  should reduce the number of hours they spend in the sun rather than change up the culture and tradition.It makes it difficult for an individual to protect themselves from the harmful rays as summer is seen as a time to layout in the sun for a long period of time to get that so called “healthy* glow when in fact they are doing more harm then good. Is it really worth it spending long hours in the sun and putting your body in harms way?

Social measures have been implemented when dealing with skin cancer  . The Anti – Cancer Council of Victoria has been running sun protection programs for more than 20 years . Slip! Slop! Slap! is one common  slogan we are all familiar with . It was established from 1980-1988 . The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation has provided funding for the Sun Smart program for the past 13 years . These approaches have played a vital role in changing the whole societies views on the sun that has resulted in marked reduction to sun exposure.

All in all  the vast amount of hours out in the open to the rays of the sun is pointless  and has no benefit to it . i ask again , is it really worth it ?. I will  leave that up to you