Continuing to damage the planet could be detrimental to our future. With each problem our earth is faced with, there comes several little problems attached. For example, as air pollution increases, “researchers anticipate that the negative health effects of exposure will also increase” (Livestrong). The amount of toxins we are exposed to will continue to increase with all of the harmful gas emissions, thus making unhealthy living conditions for us. Pollution not only harms our health, but the economy as well. With more humans ill, this would place a financial burden on insurance companies and health programs. Not only does pollution impact our lives in many ways, but pollution also leads to the extinction of wildlife. Both creatures on land and aquatic creatures are faced with life-threatening situations from pollution. If we don’t act more wisely in the years to come, humans will be very unhealthy and many animals will go extinct.
It is ironic that we, as humans, are making it more difficult for humans to survive. According to researchers, the main changes our Earth is going through, such as global climate change, is “shifting Earth into a “new state” that is becoming less hospitable to human life” (Milman). Urban populations have increased, carbon dioxide levels are at new highs, as well as the rate of extinction for many species. These are all significant problems that we must be aware of if we want ourselves and the generations after us to live safely. According to Scientific American, it “is clear that the earth is heating up and will continue to do so—with potentially catastrophic consequences—unless we change our ways” (Scientific American). Many today choose to simply ignore the fact that climate change is occuring, let alone change the way they live. As modern consumers we must change our ways of living in order to keep the Earth a sustainable, comfortable place to live.