Human Dominance is a Catastrophe
by zjabbar on October 16, 2015 - 8:45pm
In Thomson Reuters article “Humans causing catastrophic ecosystem shifts, study finds at least 468 creatures have been eliminated from the planet since 1900”, it is shown that ecosystems have been altered by human dominance like never before. Reuters specifies that the shifts in world ecosystems due to human dominance are unusual compared to the past 500 million years. The radical ecosystem shifts seen are unusual which increases the criticality of the issue. He adds that human activities have caused a decrease in the international variety of plants and animals. Moreover, organisms, which are not useful to human needs, are the one going extinct whereas creatures domesticated my mankind such as cats will increase. Reuters puts a lot of emphasis on the unfamiliarity of the situation where “some human-made changes have genuinely not been seen before on planet Earth” (Reuters, 2015, para.7), which makes it difficult to contain or avoid the problem. The reporter blames technological advances and the increase in resource use as key components in shifting the ecosystems. In contrast to human altercations to the ecosystems, Thomas Reuters presents volcanic eruptions, complex biological breakdowns or meteor strikes as being natural changes. He believes that there has been the creation of a new nature due to climate change, ocean acidification and loss of biodiversity. Finally, global warming is presented as being a phenomenon that has merely begun.
In my opinion, the issue of ecosystem change is very interesting because of the omnipresence of humans in causing this catastrophe. The stakeholders in this situation are mainly the industries. Industries use the environment without considering the effects of their actions. For example, to produce hydroelectricity dams are created which alters the ecosystems of species. Evidently, the government is always a stakeholder when it comes to environmental issues such as in the hydroelectricity example, Hydro-Quebec is owned by the government. Moreover, the author mentioned the creation of a new nature as a consequence of human dominance over the natural environment, which I believe is the roadblock to solving the issue. The consequences of the altercations made to the environment have created a new nature and there is lack of knowledge not only on the situation but also on the consequences of human actions. Economy is also a setback to finding a solution since industries or stakeholders are willing to look over the environmental damages in exchange for personal enrichment. A solution that I would propose would be to use science in order to study the impacts of ecosystem change and also use preventative methods, which would be to know the effects on the environment. The government and the population could also work together in order to decrease ecosystem destruction. The population could decreases its usage of resources and the government or the industries can produce less. By producing less, the industries would not have to expand over a larger amount of ecosystems affecting less the biodiversity.
Reuters, T. (2015, June 30). Humans causing catastrophic ecosystem shifts, study finds at least 468 creatures have been eliminated from the planet since 1900. CBC News. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca