Progress and Development, but at what cost?

There are 9 planets that have been discovered so far, we exist on earth, the third planet from the sun. It is the only one planet most compatible for the survival of our species; it is also the only planet that possesses water. According to the most recent studies, it is calculated that our planet is 4.54 billion years old, but the first forms of life appeared on our planet about 3.8 billion years ago. The occurrences that took place in the years between then and now, have resulted in this planet being surrounded by concrete structures and wiping out its few age old life forms. There are two parts of history:

1) Prehistory (history, before the invention of writing)
2) History

3.8 billion year old earth

earth with first signs of life (3.8 billion years ago)

The latter consists of the past events of evolved social animals and their societies, places of work, professions among other things. Growth of the commercial side of mankind was the result of the exceeding needs of new, improved and large quantities of commodities. During the 1760 to 1820 and 1840 the transition from handmade production of goods to machines took place, to fulfill the needs of the consumers, mechanical and mass productive methods were introduced. New chemical manufacturing and iron production processes, increasing use of waterwheel and steam power, development of machine tools (used to shape metals) commenced. The increasing demands also found a shifts from the use of wood and bio-fuels to more productive and efficient fuels like coal. This shift was known as the ‘Industrial Revolution’, the revolution had many positive effects in that era, about which Robert Lucas Junior, an American Economist and Nobel Prize winner said, “For the first time in history, the living standards of the masses of ordinary people have begun to undergo sustained growth. Nothing remotely like this economic behavior is mentioned by the classical economists, even as a theoretical possibility”.


Industrial Revolution

‘Industrial Revolution’ opened many more avenues for us to follow, at first the transition to machine production was made to gain speed in the output of the products, but later they found it also to be profitable and cost efficient. In the greed to gain a higher profit margin, the various product industries tried to discover alternate and cheaper production processes, there had been use of several harmful alternative fuels, along with excessive massacres of forest trees and poisonous effusions produced by the companies to river banks. The market had introduced new products which were very unhealthy and unsafe, but the research was pushed down due to the monetary power that these corporations exploited, tobacco and liquor were the two infamous for dealing in those ways. In the energy production industries such as coal, the process emits out harmful smoke which is comprised of Sulphur Dioxide, this smoke is one of the main reasons for air pollution. This creates an Atmospheric deposition (the pollution of water caused by air pollution), Air pollution means that water vapor absorbs more of these gases and becomes even more acidic. When it rains the water is polluted with these gases, this is called acid rain. When acid rain pollutes marine habitats such as rivers and lakes, aquatic life is harmed.

Now more than ever environmental damage is on the rise, the promotion of hunting, using animal skinfor accessories and polluting the Eco-system, are resulting in extinction of species, hole in the o-zonelayer, and widespread of waterborne diseases. The producers of these goods ignore the ill-effects thatthey cause to the natural resources such as, contaminating the water bodies, killing of endangered species and taking over of more forest lands to set up, smoke blowing factories. An overflowing popularity of the urban culture, also has their adverse effects on society and the restrictions that they demand in exchange for the popular culture to exist.

Concrete Jungle

Concrete Jungle

Developments in the commercial sectors are gradually growing while the agricultural is being neglected. The progress of the sector has increased pressure for employment, efficient and skilled employees are recruited and the others are left unemployed. Some of the multinational corporations have started downward vertical integration of talents i.e. acquiring academic institution to train and employ fresh graduates from in-house schools. The opportunity of making a profit, even though it would be with immoral means, is conducted. Humans have been driven by their feelings of jealously and greed to drive them to act on those instincts, landlords choose to use their assets in higher profit deals and this is why the urban cities are a concrete jungles, wiping out natural elements and replacing them with dull man-made artificial showpieces.

The industries were built by us, and our actions have caused the damage that we complaint about. It’s a conscious choice that we have to make, if we don’t find a dustbin nearby and litter saying, “it is the governments fault for not providing enough facilities,” we are wrong. All of us get greedy if we have a chance to be profitable, we encourage corruption to get a fast way out of a problem and we damage our environment. Acceptance of our actions allow us to view them and then change them accordingly. We have always found excuses for the limitations that we face or wrong doings that we act on, but it all comes down to choices.

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
– Wayne Dyer

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