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The earth and many of its contents thanks in large part to humans is deteriorating and it has been for quite a time now It is overwhelmingly populated with both ignorant and lazy people In effect not much is being done to prevent this deterioration For instance we are killing off vital animal populations every day We have caused the extinction or endangerment of numerous species for absolutely no reason other than selfishness An example is the poaching of elephants We are killing these animals only for our own wealth We take their ivory and leave them behind to die As a result they are on the verge of extinction Also pollution caused by humans and their inventions cause a major dilemma Automobile exhaust fumes and factory pollutants are only a couple of the impurities causing damaging affects to the ozone layer and atmosphere We depend on the ozone to defend us from harmful UV rays Finally we have a major impact on the degeneration of natural resources Millions of gallons of oil coal and other valuable resources are wasted each day These are just a few of the human disruptions to nature available to our knowledge We are conscious of many more and there are probably others that we are not aware of If we do not start taking them seriously soon it will be too late if it is not already We need to reevaluate our priorities and plan for the future existence of this world A group labeled the Earth-Firsters often attempt to accomplish this task through drastic and sometimes dangerous methods As Joni Seager states The Eco-Fringe Deep Ecology Pg 636 In Australia Earth-First protesters buried themselves up to their necks in the sand in the middle of logging roads to stop lumbering operations in the American Southwest Earth Firsters handcuffed themselves to trees and bulldozers to prevent logging and in California they dressed in dolphin and mermaid costumes to
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