Will the world end in fire? Or in water? Even though we’re unable to see into this unpredictable future, one thing we know for sure is that it is bound to end one way or another. For instance, when our sun goes into the red giant phase of its life, its outer envelop will engulf earth and thus make the earth exist no more. But hey! Don’t start panicking yet! Thankfully, our sun has enough Hydrogen atoms left for the nuclear fusion reaction to continue for about approximately another five billion years before it transforms itself into a red giant star. Hopefully by then we might have found another planet out there that we can survive on.
So as i mentioned earlier, the Earth will end. It’s inevitable. But should we rush it? Should we destroy it all by ourselves before the sun does the job? No! A big ‘no’ because obviously we haven’t found another planet yet that we can live on. We haven’t even succeeded yet in colonizing the moon for crying out loud let alone colonizing another planet out there past our solar system that haven’t even been found yet! So, sorry to break it to you, but Earth is all we’ve got.
We humans have a bad habit of taking what we already have for granted. The same can be said about the Earth. Being the typical ignorant humans as we all are, we will not realize the true value of it until it is too late.While this very Earth gave us all life, all we seem to be doing our best to destroy it. Now this is where the big topic ‘pollution’ comes in.
What exactly is pollution? In simplest words, pollution is the contamination of natural environment. The types of pollution are land pollution, water pollution, light pollution, air pollution, sound pollution… Well you get the picture. Congratulations! We’ve succeeded in polluting everything that we put our hands on and we’re all gonna die because of this amazing achievement! What a happy prospect.
So let me tell you some of these scary facts I found on the internet. Did you know that approximately 2 million people die per year due to air pollution? That issues like high blood pressure have climbed frighteningly high due to noise pollution? That 1000 children die in India every single day because of the diseases caused by polluted water? That AQI(Air Quality Index) in countries like China is higher than 500 despite the fact that good air quality should be at least less than 100? That an estimated number of 15 million children under the age of five die each year because of the diseases caused by polluted water? That over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals die every year due to polluted water? That more than 100 pesticides in any medium – air, water or soil – can cause cancers, birth defects and gene mutation?
Well, even if you didn’t know them before, now you do. These is only a tiny bit of the issues that have been raised due to pollution. Now you know how deep we’ve fallen into this pit. And want to know what the scariest part is? We are nowhere near stopping. As bad as it is, we just keep polluting more and more!
If we really consider it, it’s not about the sun expanding and us being engulfed in fire that we should worry about. It’s this. It may be too late to stop this from happening entirely, but we should at least start doing what we can to prevent this from getting worse.
You don’t need me to tell you again what you should do to prevent this disaster from getting worse because you already do know. It’s just that sometimes you may overlook this thinking ‘What can I do? I’m just a one individual among billions’. But remember that you could as easily be one of those millions who die every year due to pollution. Every little step helps. We ourselves should change before we go on changing the world. Keep in mind that if we go on like this, the great Apocalypse will not be a one swift stroke that kills us all instantly. We will suffer and suffer and suffer till we are no more.