The Environment and Us
My fellow congressmen and congresswomen welcome and thank you for joining me today for this special session of Congress. I am here to address to you today, on a major crisis that is happening to us and our world. It is simple; the worldwide dilemma of human arrogance to nature. In the 1700’s humans sought the four corners of the world and conquered it. And so with these new land and foods, we have simply multiplied. Then, we sought to make our lives simple, so ideas were put to action through the Industrial Revolution. This revolution required raw materials that were needed to run machines, that in return mass produced products that brought new essentials for life. And within 308 years, the Earth has the population of humans ranging over 6 billion; more than any other species in our world. Furthermore, since the Industrial Revolution, humans have burned through our limited supply of non-renewable natural resources. Because of our burning of non-renewable natural resources we have polluted our world and now we are facing repercussions. United Nations believe that the world will have 12.9 billion people by the year 2050 and that our non renewable resource will be severely reduced or dry up. We can feel it now at this very time, ladies and gentlemen. Prices of our commodities have increased and will continue to rise as we our population prospers. We have been growing unchecked and our biodiversity have been suffering. We must limit population growth and non-renewable natural resources, and fund new ideas so that we, the World and Humans co-exist as one being.
Since the 18th and 19th centuries humans have been estimated at 400-600 million people. At this time, the mortality and birth rate were in relative equilibrium to each other. (Lee, John) In other words, as one person died another might be born in his or her place. Diseases and Epidemics such as cholera, malaria, flu virus etc. were all affecting humans. Death was inevitable or luckily...
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