1) After I had read "Our Moral Footprint" in the Essay Connection by Vaclav Havel, writer and former President of the then Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), I was rather very amazed with the message he brings to us. He tells us of how the Earth as we know it continues to change at a fast rate (not necessarily for the best) due to our activities as an entire human race. Earth more than a fifty to a hundred to a thousand years ago is and was different from what it is today. Havel backs this claim with sufficient and concise facts in some condensed scientific detail for our understanding. Havel's background includes being a human rights activist and being an advocate for the preservation of whats left of nature and awareness of how our economic, cultural, and political conflicts take toll on it. What struck me the most of Havel and his message is in paragraphs nine and ten. Here, Havel tells us to stop, analyze, and think of how current world problems revolving around the human race worldwide, whether it be economical, societal, cultural, ecological, and even security-wise, effect the world we live in as a whole. From there he tells us of how he's always confronted with a moral question, and that question is: 'what action is responsible or acceptable'? He insists that we revisit once again the very 'roots' of human existence and consider the possible fates of our race as a whole in the many (hopefully) centuries to come. We should come together open-mindedly, unideologically,unobsessively, and utilize what we know and have to forge new practical policies. It's almost as if he's all for the globalization and unity of all peoples worldwide and put an end to the problems we have in the world, but primarily towards our planet. From this we can begin introducing new green-friendly and clean technologies that may help reduce the risk of damaging nature.
2) The research that I have done on an issue that corresponds with the environment is Recycling. Recycling is of great significance because it's a solution to a big problem we face: running out of supply of a useful resource. For that reason alone, recycling is pretty much the only thing we have that can overturn that, helping us conserve our well needed resources. It's one of the best ways anyone could have such positive impact in the world we live in. It greatly benefits us and the environment, after all, that's pretty much why we're doing it! If we don't or didn't recycle to begin with, then the amount of pollution that we have today would be far more than what we currently deal with. The importance of recycling is great, and an opportunity that would truly help us out, as waste has and continues to negatively impact us our natural environment. It is also vital to know that it takes a lot of energy to create something that we need from raw material. By recycling, we use much less energy to create the same item, helping us conserve our natural supplies. The many conflicted problems we face today such as global warming, habitat destruction, and when a country's in debt, pushes us to move towards risks and initiatives that would do great harm to our environment. One of such issues are deforestation and zoning of the rain forests and forest habitats across the globe, and when trees are cut, it does more harm than help, as trees provide's 20% of the earth's oxygen that we breathe, and sucks up the harmful carbon monoxide that kills the ozone layer. Recycling would help us reduce our need for raw materials so that our rain forests and trees could be preserved and live longer. Did I also mention that recycling helps reduce harmful pollution caused by waste at landfill sites and to the very air we breathe? Now you know! Cities continue to thrive and cities worldwide are beginning to over-exceed with more than just a million people. Recycling would have a great impact in these cities and the inhabitants of them. If we don't recycle now, then our kids and their kids will be paying the price, and there won't be a rose garden and the end of the tunnel... We also face the problem of over-populating and running out of space. Landfills are beginning to run out of these well-needed spaces. This environmental practice would also help us save lots of money, as it would cost less to create products. Recycling would also help preserve our raw material supply for our future generations to come. It not only costs less, but it uses less! !