The Environmental Crisis
Environmental disasters such as the BP oil spill in the Gulf and the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska have wrought destruction on ecosystems, killed countless plants and animals, destroyed habitats, and contaminated vast areas of wilderness. But these, and other local events are parts of an environmental disaster on a global scale. There is increasing consensus that human behavior is at least partially responsible for climate change- resulting in changing weather patterns, the thawing of ice caps and glaciers, and the consequent rising of oceans, and flooding of low lying shorelines and islands.
A significant part of the scientific community warns that environmental destruction- including climate change- poses a very real threat to human health and survival. Experts warn that the situation is dire- rightly termed a crisis- and calls for dramatic policy changes. And yet, change happens only very gradually if at all. And what change does take place must overcome a great deal of resistance.
Originally posted to Flickr as LA National Guardsmen
Document Effects of Oil on Louisiana’s Coast
Photo by NOAA
Last night I dreamt as I slept
Where the grass and the trees once grew tall
What have you done with the beautiful home you were given?
Once the rivers ran wild and free