• What are we doing to the Planet?

    Every day that we, the population destroy the world by pollution, cutting down rainforests or blowing up underground mines, a small part of me feels like the earth will eventually fight back. After years and years of torture and neglect, one day the earth will revolt. Horrific events such as the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami are devastating for the world however; I feel that this is only a drop in the ocean for what will come if we do not leave the earth and nature alone.

    For years and years we have murdered the land for our own benefit. We, the human population have ripped down forests, killing anything that stood in the way of our earth destroying machines, building highways and motorways straight through the heart of our mountains and cliffs. I fear that if we continue, our demolition will go too far, causing severe consequences. I believe that we live side by side with nature and if we respect it then it will respect us. However, since the beginning of time, humans have burnt, cut down, hunted, destroyed and murdered nature. Every time a natural disaster occurs, it is a way for nature to reclaim its right to exist. Throughout history, the natural disasters tend to get worse every time meaning that there is a disaster still to come which will belittle all other natural disasters. Every hurricane, flood or storm is a way in which the earth can cleanse itself after a tragic ordeal caused by the human race.

    The writing of this article was prompted by the article written on the BBC website about how certain countries are not placing money into ‘CERF’ which stands for the ‘Central Emergency Response Fund’ which was set up in light of the 2004 Boxing day disaster. The CERF was set up so that countries could place money into it so if a natural disaster occurs in that country then they would be given compensation and aid. Almost like a giant insurance policy. This year, due to an increase in natural disasters from, the tsunami in Japan; the earthquake in New Zealand; the famine in the Horn of Africa and finally the floods in Pakistan and the Philippines means that the CERF has taken a huge hit. Not only are countries placing money into the CERF for protection however, it also exists due to voluntary contributions from various governments and individuals. However, the amount of contributions has dropped meaning that there is not enough money to help these disaster prone areas. The international secretary exclaimed that we must ‘wake up’ to the challenge and do something about this before it is too late. Most countries only tend to put money forward after a disaster has taken place making it too late.

    This is a serious issue for our planet and we should take this matter seriously and give as much as we can to help prevent such horrific ordeals. We can prevent these tragedies by lowering our emissions, stopping global warming and preventing our forests from being cut down. Stop killing and destroying nature before Nature kills us!

    If you would like to see the article on the BBC website just follow the link below:


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