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Natural Resources and ecology Coursework Since the mid nineteen sixties environmentalism has exploded as a movement Many environmentalists view modern industrial society as unsustainable and the way that western society functions as damaging the earths natural biosphere and cycles There is a growing body of evidence to support the belief that our consumer culture and industrial processes are in fact destroying the delicate balance and complex interrelationships that nature has forged and upon which we still rely The biggest worry of most green groups at present is the well documented global warming effect in which it is believed the earths average temperature is rising causing sea levels to rise more to do with thermal expansion of water than ice cap melting destruction of natural habitats and most worryingly to humans climate change However it would be ignorant to believe that the earth has always been as it is now indeed rapid climate change is a natural phenomenon which has occurred countless times in the earths history ice ages and warm periods mark definite periods in earths living history a period of extreme warmth for example marked the Cretaceous Tertiary era boundary where over 90 of the land species of the earth became extinct allowing mammals to become the dominant class of species Ice age and periods of warmth are common and a feuture of a dynamic planet Despite this geology and anthropology have discovered fresh evidence that suggests this latest climate change event may be different Only in times of extreme volcanic activity or celestial change has a climate change period been so quick in taking effect and this present one is accompanied by neither Evidence to suggest that it is indeed human activity which is causing environmental disaster is growing Statistical and historical evidence suggests there is a direct link between the actions of humans and environmental destruction Although conclusive proof can easily be found for acid
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