First impressions on ‘How we shape the natural world’

In ‘How to See the World’ by Nicholas mirzoeff he talks about “the sixth mass extinction of living things, and the ever growing clearance of over one quarter of the world forests”. (mirzoeff, 214,215) “Imagine a world without coral reefs…where big animals like lions, tigers and polar bears can only be seen in zoo’s or carefully controlled outdoor protected areas like game parks.” (mirzoeff, 215)  Humans are making a huge impact on animals and the true fact of them facing extinction. Climate change, pollution, deforestation and poaching all add up to the suffering of all kinds of creatures. They are killed for their body parts, their homes are taken away from them, they swallow and get stuck in our mess aswell as our cause to the increasing threat of climate change with rising temperatures and rising sea levels affecting their lives. Mirzoeff states that “On the pacific island of Tonga alone, twenty-six species of birds have been documented as becoming extinct since the arrival of humans some 2,800 years ago.” (mirzoeff, 221) Our ways are driving animals into extinction faster than they can evolve.  In the ‘Adapting to Climate Change in Kiribati: The Social Dimension’ resource,  there was a local man who lived on Kiribati by the sea with his family and he continually had to stack up a wall to stop the sea from flooding their house due to the rising sea levels from climate change. The islands of Kiribati are atolls, they have circular formed coral reefs that go around a lagoon and as atolls are low-lying, have a high proportion of coastline to land area, they are very defenceless to sea level rises so climate change effects these corals around Kiribati. Fish is the principal food for Kiribati people as there is little land for agriculture. Climate change can result in coastal erosion, increased intense sunlight and sea level rise. Coastal erosion results in sedimentation of coral reefs and amplified amounts of particles suspended in the sea columns, which is unhealthy for corals and fish stocks. Also while watching this video i noticed the large amount of pollution around the island from the growing population living there. This will highly affect endangered species living around the island including fish, birds, clams and corals. These creatures could eat this rubbish or get stuck amongst it causing them to suffer and die. In Sustainable Transportation its tells us how we have used cars to solve our way of making it easier to get around, however this lead to other problems such as pollution, this pollution from cars does not help our birds in the air at all and it is definitely no help to our rare birds at state of being endangered . It also states how more roads will built which to fulfil our needs as more people began to own cars, sadly this also means that our trees would be cut down to provide room for this roads. This effect forced creatures living in the spaces which have now been replaced by roads to move elsewhere; emphasising the idea that our creatures facing extinction will run out of places to live and soon will perish.





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