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I would like you to try to visualize our future on this planet Imagine the dark clouds hanging over every town The oceans swallowing our coasts and deserts eating up our heartland All of these things are caused by pollution and thats whats in store for us if we dont change our ways There are many forms of pollution but most of them can be divided into two groups air and water pollution Air pollution is one of the more obvious forms of pollution It is caused by the traffic that clogs the roadways the burning of garbage and the release of toxic gases into the air by industries Every year millions of tons of gases and particulates are poured into the atmosphere Normally small amounts of particulates would dissipate in the air but we constantly overload it Every time some sort of fuel is burned a pollutant is released into the air in forms ranging from colorless odorless yet poisonous gases to the thick black smog which hangs over our cities The burning and deforestation of the Earths forest is also contributing to the problem Every year the clearing of forests released 1 billion tons of CO2 Throughout its history the earth has lost over 23 of its original forest area This year were fighting the fires in Southeast Asia and the Amazon River Valley The World Wildlife Federation has recently released a special report on the effects of the fires So far this year almost two million acres in Southeast Asia have burned There is an average of 599 fires a day and according to CNN correspondent Margaret Lowrie the Brazilian fires have increased by 28 this year alone Not only are the massive amounts of smoke being added to the air causing a problem but also we are destroying our most effective method of fighting air pollution As the WWFs Francis Sullivan said We like to think of the Amazon as the
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