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Rebecca Siemers
Mrs. Davis
English Comp 11
6 June 2016
Global Citizens of Living Earth for Earth to Keep On Living
Feel the crisp morning air, smell of the pines deep within the forest, and listen to the sound the
creek trickling along the rocks as the humming birds fly in search of blossoming flowers to
provide them with nectar. Morning time in the Colorado mountains top is a beautiful place to be,
with breath taking views, landscapes and nature running wild right outside the doorstep. Hard to
imagine such beautifully magnificent place, not always visible to the obvious eye, is dying.
Humans materialistic culture is having catastrophic changes on the eco-system, which, in time,
will destroy this very planet we have inhabited for so many thousands of years. The crystal clear
streams, fresh crisp cool air, amazing waterfalls, tall trees that wave among the breeze, the
sounds and smell of the ocean are just a few of the things that are taken for granted every day,
that they will still exist tomorrow. Has anyone ever actually set and thought, what the world
would be without nature and its beauty? Not like they should. Most will not either. Day after
day, people go to work, mow the yard, go shopping, and do daily activities, which through
technology, growth and earths recourses being utilized, create life as we know it now. What does
the global citizens of living earth do to keep earth living?
Society as a whole and most the cultures that inhabit this planet, have lost sight of what
so many of the convenience items and technological inventions that make lives easier are really
doing to the planet. There is a big picture not being acknowledged. Blinded by greed and the
desire to obtain greater wealth than thy neighbor is shading the eyes from seeing what is

happening behind the scenes. This technology savvy life style humans desire and the push in
society to make it cheaper, build it bigger, and create a lot of it factors into everything
manufactured, farmed, built, and so on. Wealth runs this country and planet and the desire to
obtain wealth over power common sense and reality. By doing so, most all that roam this earth
have contributed to the devastating damaging being done to the eco system and as a result, an
environment, which some say will someday soon lead to the end of our earth for eternity.
It is not anything new to talk about, nor anything new to hear in the media, however if
people simply just stop, just for a short time, and actually sit quietly, somewhere out among
nature, and truly think about what is happening and being said, it may mean more. As global
citizens, it is a time together around the world, educating the people and cultures how to take
steps to stop the destruction of earth. Reconnect with nature and all its wonders, looking at the
big picture in realistic ways rather than ignoring the warning signs. It is very difficult to wrap
our mind around honestly and what if anything can be done about it? There is a lot of
information out there and promoting of go green but is it enough, is anything the average
person able to do really going to make a difference? So many will say they can make changes
and go green as its been labeled, but what about the manufactures and oil companies that
create the toxic waste. How is the few things that the, average person, is able to do going to make
a difference, when the commercial agricultural companies continue to dump increasingly large
amounts of toxic fertilizers on the crops and into the soil? These are questions that need to be
asked, need to be addressed, and need to be a major focus among the people with great
seriousness before the clock runs out and nature itself is destroyed. This is why we must ask
what does the global citizens of living earth do to keep earth living?

Before answering these questions, it may help to take a deeper look into the defined
meaning of nature. Nature is defined as the phenomena of the physical world collectively,
including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of earth, as opposed to
humans or human creations. Nature provides the world with the resources to create the very
things that destroy it. Ecology is a branch of science, it examines relationships between living
organisms, including humans, and their physical environment. Nature will continuously change
to adapt to the changing conditions. Not all changes are good ones however. Nature uses only
what it needs and this is something humans need to fully understand and become more like
nature and utilize the resources in a way which are not wasteful, harmful, and in ways which
give back to the cycle of life so it can be sustained. Continually seek ways to protect lives of
plants, animals, ecosystems, watersheds, minerals and the people is something that must be done,
if we only knew how.
There is no easy answer and it is not something that can be changed overnight. It is a new
way thinking, creating and living all together. Educating the generations to come, reconnecting
ourselves as humans with nature and coming to terms with the harsh reality that we must return
to more natural ways of living. Of course this is not realistic for most of the people within our
planet but if taught to our children and the children for generations to come, then it will become
a way of life, just as ours has. The over abundant use of plastics and non-biodegradable products
should be stopped. There are studies after studies available for research that give facts about the
hazards and warnings of the large production of these materials that are harmful to the
environment, yet they are still produced in mass quantity, as if no warnings have been
mentioned.

Oliver Milmen states Humans are "eating away at our own life support systems" at a rate
unseen in the past 10,000 years by degrading land and freshwater systems, emitting greenhouse
gases and releasing vast amounts of agricultural chemicals into the environment, new research
has found (Milmen). Carbon dioxide levels, at 395.5 parts per million, are at historic highs,
while loss of biosphere integrity is resulting in species becoming extinct at a rate more than 100
times faster than the previous norms (Milmen). This research, and much more, is available,
however unless you take the time to educate independently, it is critical information not known
to the general population. The facts and research are endless. It affects the ecosystem in dangerous crippling
ways that are making the earth become less hospitable to human life, researches have said. Will Steffens two
studies he conducted will show evidence and facts that should be taken serious. He explained, It used to be
confined to local and regional areas but were now seeing this occurring on a global scale. These changes are
down to human activity, not natural variability (Steffen). The problem will not go away and is growing daily.
Ignoring the reality will not make it stop or disappear. The author Fabian states, Like a child who
hides from the mother out of shame for his wrong doing, we have built barriers between
ourselves and the natural world, invented false tales and excuses, unable to admit the terrible
wrong we have done to the planet and to one another (Fabian). In her article, Fabian describes
seven simple ways everyday people can take to help and make a difference. These are the very
things that should be looked at and integrated into educating the people and children. Making
them the new way of life, in hopes of preserving life itself. There are ways to achieve this.
Just like the technology created that has destroyed the earth was used, it can be used to stop
future damage, as well as replenish the oceans and soils. Two guys from Australia were recently
featured in Global Citizen for their invention of a filter to be used just like a swimming pool.
They created the invention for the purpose of cleaning the oceans water of oils, pollutants, fuel,

detergents, and chemicals, which are all extremely toxic and harmful, as well as deadly, to the
marine life and organisms that inhabit it. With this concept, the filter, they call, Seabin
cleanses the oceans water making it more safe and viable for life for generations to come. It is
citizens like these, that take the initiative to make something to help fix what has been destroyed
and with more of the same, eventually it will make a difference. People have to join together
from around the world as a unity and work as one to save the earth. Deplete the use of plastics,
use bicycles more and use less fuels, recycle and return to cultivating food sources within the
communities rather than industrially. Cease the use of toxic fertilizers and contaminated waste
products from poisoning our water sources. These changes are ones that are possible, for any
average person and to the global citizens of this planet. This is the answer for global citizens of
living earth to do to keep earth living.
Among all the articles I researched and read, one wrote by John describes it best, By
valuing ecosystem function above production and consumption and making this the basis of the
global monetary system, it becomes possible to restore all degraded land anywhere on the planet.
We already have the knowledge necessary to do this and we certainly have the need given the
enormous threat of climate change. This seems to be the way to change the paradigm from
producing and consuming for the wealthy and also to end the grinding poverty that has been
imposed on billions in the developing world. This is also the way to ensure that the great forests,
wetlands and grasslands all return to the earth in their splendor and function for future
generations to benefit, admire and cherish. This is the development trajectory that leads to a
sustainable future (Liu).

So the next time there is an opportunity in which time alone, quietly surrounded by nothing
more than nature, stop, breath deeply, and listen for a moment to the sounds and pay attention to
the smells, touch the leaves, the water or ground beneath and enjoy it. Appreciate what was
naturally on our planet and all its beauty, for it will be gone someday. What we, as global
citizens around the world, can do, no matter how big or small, is a step in the right direction.
A step towards preserving what is left and finding the means to educate the people of this earth
together as one. No matter what the culture, race, ethnic background, or countries that divide the
human races, we all share one definite common and that is the world we live and the place we all
call home, earth.

Works Cited
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Liu, John. "Finding Sustainability in Ecosystem Restoration." Kosmos Journal ,


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Milman,Oliver."We'reDestroyingthePlanetinWaysThatAreEvenWorseThan
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Vaughan-Lee, Llewellyn. "Praying for the Earth." The Huffington Post.


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Werft, Meghan. "Two Guys from Australia Invented a Trash Bin for the
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