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Our Relationship With Nature, Our Ecosystem

08/06/2013 04:06 EDT | Updated 10/06/2013 05:12 EDT

What do we know about nature? How does it affect us? Or does it affect us in any way? How do we present this information to our children who will have to live in this environment long after we are gone?

I came across an article recently posted on the CTV News site in regarding the issue of studies that had been done on the loss of Arctic sea affecting our ecosystem. How is this going to affect us? How is this going to affect the next generation?

According to the article, the downside of thinning ice in the Arctic sea results in loss of the aquatic habitat from algae and plankton as it will not be able to serve as food to marine animals in the northern ocean. In addition to the marine animals being affected by this, the indirect effect is just as dramatic since, according to another article on CBC News, the land animals will also be affected by this drastic change in our ecosystem.

Although a large amount of people see the loss of Arctic sea ice as an indication of climate change, the issue is more profound than that, says Canadian and U.S. scientists in a Science journal that was recently published. The loss of the ice in the Arctic is similar to the loss of trees from the forests, the more we cut them without replacing them the more we affect our ecosystem in a negative way. The consequences of this issue to humans and the industrial development in addition to shipping industry and how this will affect our next generation can be in a negative way.

In my opinion, we see how harmful this situation is now, why wait and see what will happen in the near future? Why not get the next generation involved in developing a healthy ecosystem by teaching them how humans have a relationship with nature and all that is in it? My recommendation is to have as many young people involved in the ecosystem; familiarize them with the pros and cons and show them what was done and how it was done in addition to what can happen if we do not take care of it.

What is important to know is that we are all connected. Marine or land animals, the birds and the bees, the trees and the flowers, the bugs and the butterfly, the human species and the air we breathe are connected to each other and more similar than they are different. They are all related and linked to each other and, in order for us to survive, we need each other and it is more beneficial for all involved to be in good standing than not.

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