To be honest, I never really have put much thought into the environment and how every little thing we do affects it in some way. Coming in to college and taking my environmental biology class and now watching the documentary in this class has opened my eyes to some realities about the world we live in today, such as, half of the forests that originally covered 46% of the Earth's land surface are gone. Only one-fifth of the Earth's original forests remain pristine and undisturbed. Furthermore 60% of the world's coral reefs that contain up to one-fourth of all marine species could be lost in the next 20-40 years. Those are things that I would have never imagined, especially growing up in the area I was raised in it was pretty much all pasture and clean springs. But that’s the reality that no one seems to want to really hear. If we took some of these statistics seriously and did just a few small things to help our environment that we supposedly love it would make a much bigger difference than everyone probably thinks.
As I just said, I grew up in a very small town that is just now starting to build more supermarkets and developments. Citrus County is known for its very open, non-crowded yet welcoming atmosphere. Also for manatees, people will travel from all over just to come swim with those sea cows. I personally grew up on a 10-acre property and was always outside either fishing, hunting, tubing, or sitting by a bonfire. I guess that’s why I’ve never really paid much attention to global warming or pollution. My boyfriend’s grandmother lives on the water so every weekend we were out on the boat either red fishing or over the summer we would be scalloping. Back home we also have a gorgeous spring called Three Sisters spring and it’s the some of the clearest and coldest water I have ever seen. It was probably about 40 feet deep and you didn’t even need a mask to see the bottom, if you could stand swimming in it for more than five minutes without getting...
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