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The Ecological Footprint: The Health Of The World

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America consumes and wastes an excessive amount of energy and resources, so much in fact, that it may potentially be our society’s downfall. We require so much land, energy, and resources simply to function in our daily lives; this concept is known as an ecological footprint. “An Ecological Footprint is a quantitative measurement of how much ecologically productive land and water a defined population unit needs to support its current consumption and render harmless its wastes” (World Centric). The U.S is known to have one of the largest ecological footprints: 9.57 hectares; if everyone in the world lived like the average American; then the Earth would only be able to support about 1.2 billion humans and we would require a total of five planets…show more content…
This is simply due to fossil fuels’ abundance, efficiency, and convenience of access; however, we fail to take into consideration how this “convenient” resource has a great impact to the health of the environment and to the health of living organisms. The combustion of fossil fuels emits gasses that have the potential to cause great harm to the environment and is greatly responsible for the cause of global warming; “According the Environmental Protection Agency, the burning of fossil fuels was responsible for 79 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2010” (Environmental and Energy Study Institute); 40% of these emissions alone are derived from fossil fuels (Environmental and Energy Study Institute). Global warming is a serious environmental issue that is caused by an excessive amount of what are known as “greenhouse gasses” that are capable of capturing heat; one of the most significant culprits is carbon dioxide, and since the dependence of fossil fuels, the amount of carbon dioxide in our environment has increased by 25% (Union of Concerned Scientists). Global warming may have a number of effects to the climate that includes: permanent change to the temperature, incidents of extreme weather conditions, and rising sea levels. Coal is another…show more content…
The solution to our problem of great significance, is to invest into renewable energy sources that will direct us towards sustainability. However, this is putting it into simple terms; it is of utmost importance that we utilize the knowledge and resources we currently have available in order to derive a feasible strategy that will remove us from this hole that fossil fuels have buried us under. Investing into renewable energy will fortify our environmental and economic future. There are many different varieties of renewable energy to choose from, this includes but is not limited to: solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy. Renewable energy may give the impression of being expensive compared to fossil fuels; however, renewable energy is much more beneficial to the environment. Renewable energy sources have a miniscule impact on the environment due to the fact that it produces little to none pollutants and gases (Solar Schools). The harmful pollutants produced by fossil fuel usage is responsible for many health issues that affect thousands, possibly millions of people in America. To continue the use of fossil fuels is analogous to digging our own graves; renewable energies would save us from the harmful effects of fossil fuels, “Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy has been found to reduce premature mortality