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‘Only time will tell’ for environment care

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Humans have been polluting the Earth for years.

According to earthecho.org, plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as one million sea creatures every year. Also, Americans use and throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. The United States ranks at the top of the list as the most trash-producing country in the world and makes up to 40 percent of the world’s waste including two billion plastic razors and 1.5 million tons of paper towels.

This is a waste of trees and plastic substances. Instead of using plastic razors humans should be using the classic safety razors which are slightly more expensive, but the blades are less than $1 in most cases. Instead of paper towels taking up room in the trash, turning toward hand towels or dryers would be a much less costly situation. Not only will there be fewer trips to the trash but to the store as well.

There’s also case of trees. Certain trees should not be planted. Trees that grow more slowly take up less of the environment’s energy slowing tree pollution. Ronald Reagan once said trees “cause more air pollution than automobiles do.” According to cbsnews.com research, this claim has been proven true. Tree growth physically alters the temperature, chemistry and biology of the landscape. It causes a problem for the living habits of all sorts of animals who are not shade-ridden, such as birds. Planting more trees than needed is only going to cause more problems in the future. According to livescience.com, the United States needs to surgically remove the bulk of the excess, small-diameter “trash” trees through careful thinning. Enter the chain saw. Due to the tree growing conditions, places such as Reno, Nevada, Albuquerque, New Mexico and Sacramento, California have adopted the practice to retrieve water in rivers by cutting down overgrowth. The funding came from private investors.

However, this does not mean the rainforest should be destroyed. The preservation of the rainforest is the most important aspect of the world. It has a much different environmental set up than the basic forests of America. Rainforests only cover around 2 percent the total surface area of the Earth, but really about 50 percent of the plants and animals on the Earth live in the rainforest.

Besides the problems on land, the ocean has been polluted for years. Every time people wash their faces, substances such as plastic almost always end up in the ocean. I suggest consumers doing research to find out if their beauty products contain any harmful contaminants, such as Neutrogena’s Deep Clean, which contains 360,000 plastic microbeads in a single package. Other brands, such as Lush, only contain all natural ingredients and are strictly plant-based with no added plastics.

What humans do to the environment today can have a future of mayhem or good. Only time will tell if our efforts are truly working out for the best.

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‘Only time will tell’ for environment care