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Industrial Footprints: Tracing Climate Harm From the Factory to the Consumer


Industrial Footprints: Tracing Climate Harm From the Factory to the Consumer image: adobe firefly

In some of my March blogs, I explored the term “Anthropogenic” - how human activity is continuously altering the earth and our climate for the worse.



Industrial processes and maniacal resource consumption serve as great reminders on how our habits are harming our planet.



Industrial processes engender a plethora of environmental predicaments. As an illustration, factories release detrimental pollutants into the atmosphere, leading to the formation of smog and acid rain. Industrial wastewater, which contains chemicals and heavy metals, is released into water bodies, leading to water pollution that harms aquatic life and makes the water unsafe.



Excessive utilization of freshwater resources is a direct consequence of industrial activities. Soil contamination poses a significant concern as a consequence of industrial operations. The presence of toxic chemicals and the improper disposal of hazardous waste give rise to soil pollution, thereby rendering the land unsuitable for a multitude of purposes.



Waste resulting from industrial processes is a significant contributor to landfills due to its inherent inability to undergo recycling or reutilization for alternative products. Industrial activities can also cause disturbances to habitats. Noise pollution resulting from industrial operations disrupts both natural habitats and human communities, thereby exerting a detrimental influence on the overall quality of life and well-being.



According to researchers, humanity consumes 175% of what earth can generate. The consumption of resources engenders profound environmental ramifications. The accelerated depletion of natural resources, exemplified by the practice of logging for timber, is a consequence of their excessive utilization.



An additional illustration pertains to the phenomenon of overfishing, which is undertaken with the intention of satiating the incessantly expanding human populace. This phenomenon engenders the demise of piscine populations, perturbs the delicate equilibrium of marine ecosystems, and precipitates the downfall of fisheries and economic precariousness within coastal communities.



The shift towards electric vehicles has significantly increased the need for minerals and metals utilized in EV manufacturing. Inordinate extraction of minerals and metals engenders deleterious ecological ramifications, including the annihilation of habitats, contamination of soil, erosion of soil, pollution of water sources, and even the depletion of forests.



And yet, we keep consuming like mad and to satisfy our insatiable desire for human resources, we will require five Earths, according to Paul Ehrlich.



References:


Pelley, S. (2023, January 2). Scientists say planet in midst of sixth mass extinction, Earth’s wildlife running out of places to live - 60 Minutes. CBS News. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/earth-mass-extinction-60-minutes-2023-01-01/



Paul R. Ehrlich. (2003, November 7). Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_R._Ehrlich

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