The truth of our earth is that it will not last forever. Even with the best care, we still live on a finite planet. This does not mean that we should abuse the earth or take advantage of it, nor does it mean that we shouldn’t use what the earth has to offer. When studying the earth and our relationship to it there are two extremes, those who believe that our technological advances are entirely to blame for the damages done to the planet, and those who believe that the earth is something to subject without regard to the effects of subjection. Though not all are extremists (and most aren’t), people tend to lean towards one end of the spectrum or the other. The truth is that we cannot take to one end or the other without damaging ourselves and our earth. If we were to abandon technology millions who could have been saved from premature death, or starvation, due to medical and transportation advances would die. However, if we ignore the needs of our earth, and shamelessly take all we want with no thought for the future, we will find ourselves in a horrific situation. By understanding the nature of our earth, and the nature of our needs, we as inhabitants of earth, will be able to create a balance of our interests and resources.
The earth in its most basic terms is a mass of elements put together. Knowing this we can conclude that this mass only has so much of all the elements that compose it. There is only so much silver, so much gold and so much oxygen. Therefore our earth can only give mankind so much of any resource, no matter how much of a resource we want, earth will only be able to supply so much of it. The earth is also a system, which has an established way of working. The water cycle, the tides, storms, currents, the life and death of plants and even warming and cooling. The cycles of the earth can be influenced, but none of them can be done away with completely. By understanding and knowing the limits of our earth we can learn how to treat it with respect to its needs.
While the earth has needs, so does the human species. To live we need food, shelter, and clothing. Of himself man cannot provide all these things. Mankind needs the earth for food, for shelter, and for clothing. In the pursuit of these things we’ve learned how to use the earth, and created our attitudes and feelings towards the earth that provides us with them.
The human race cannot live without the earth, cannot ignore its needs and cannot ignore the fact that as the human race we need to use what the earth has to offer. It is our role to be stewards of the earth that we live on. It is our responsibility to wisely take care of the earth we have been entrusted with. I hope that mankind can come to a compromise between his needs and the needs of the earth he has been entrusted to care for.