Destruction of the Environment
The planet’s natural ecosystems and regenerating bio-capacity are being severely degraded, compromising its ability to sustain life. Forests, fisheries, oceans, range land, fresh water systems (lakes, wetlands, rivers) and other natural ecosystems are all threatened and many are on the verge of collapse.
Americans dump 16 tons of sewage into their waters, every minute. One hundred and ten million Americans live amid such high levels of air pollution, the federal government considers it harmful to their health.
The world has already lost 80 percent of its original forests and according to the World Resources Institute, 100 species die each day because of tropical deforestation. At this rate, 5-10 percent of the world’s tropical forest species will become extinct every decade.
Seventy-five percent of all the fish stock in the world are already either exploited, over-exploited, or recovering. A large study has found that up to one-half of all plants and animals species on dry land could face extinction by the year 2050 because of global warming.
While humans would appear to be doing well, spreading our population across the globe, diminishing resources and other life forms on the planet tell a different story.
“We are in the midst of a mass extinction, an event not seen since the disappearance of the dinosaurs, 65 million years ago,” says Worldwatch Institute.
What a quandary it would be if after all the awareness and money raised to support ALS research, scientists discovered that our polluted environment is the cause of the disease, or worse, that the ALS cure was destroyed by deforestation.