Jack Simpson

Jack Simpson

The phenomena of the physical world exist independent of people. No wonder we never really know what to expect with the weather, plants, animals, planets or other natural resources.

Is it any wonder then that I have concerns? I expect others do as well. The United Nations has just told us “nature is in the worst shape in human history.” This is certainly cause for alarm, do you not agree?

Many of the plants and animals we depend upon as food sources face extinction. And, those who study such matters place some of the blame smack-dab on humans as the cause of the problem.

Our farming, mining, forest removal, use of pesticides and the like help in destroying some of the things we depend upon. We destroy some of our habitat. We are guilty of polluting, burning and misusing chemicals. We contribute to climate change and, as the United Nations claims, add to global warming.

Much as we do not like to admit it, some of the blame for placing plants, animals and the planet at risk is clearly our fault. We need to seek a better balance when we over fish our oceans and destroy habitats. Yes, balance must be struck between development and conservation of natural resources.

As the world becomes a harder place for man to live in, humans have to work together on a fix of the problems. We cannot keep threatening our own sources of food and water. Already we dump 300 to 400 million tons of heavy metals and toxic materials into the world’s waters. Doing business as usual increases the risk man faces. Denial of a problem is not the solution.

Private companies, the government and our populations need to change some of their current practices, work together and try to prevent further bad effects. Survival is important to us all.

Jack Simpson is a former educator, a veteran, an author and a law enforcement officer. His column appears each week in the weekend edition of this newspaper.

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