The impact of humanity on Earth

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Date: 21 - 11 - 2018

Dr..Eng. Ali Mohamed El Khouri

God has provided nature and natural life on planet Earth with an important advantage, which is the ability to remain in balance and restore its balance, and to recycle its resources, whenever they are naturally disturbed.

For example, if volcanoes erupted, forests erupted, or an epidemic spread, the natural reactions of the components of this universe would have been able to restore the original conditions within simple periods ranging from days or even tens of years. This does not lead us to deny the geological, biological and climatic changes that occur on the earth, but they occur at a very slow pace that extends for tens of thousands of years, making them almost imperceptible, and most importantly, they occur in the light of the stability of the law of natural balance, which if a defect occurs, God forbid, the fate of the planet as the planet Which bears on its surface pulsating life and striving creatures will become history.

Two centuries ago, man was one of the most important components of life on the planet within this balanced system, and his life activities were not so dangerous that they could affect the stable natural balance. This reality continued until the first industrial revolution began, and the emergence of steam machines that began to burn fossil fuels to push into the air and the surrounding environment unusual and polluting gases to the environment such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, oxides of sulfur and nitrogen, adding to this additional thermal energy that contributes to raising temperatures generally.

Man continued to evolve and this development was accompanied by a steady rise in the number of the Earth’s population. Estimates indicate that the population at the beginning of the seventeenth century did not exceed half a billion people, which has now multiplied almost fifteen times to reach nearly eight billion people, which is a natural result of doubling human capabilities as a result of scientific development And the industrialist in the medical and therapeutic aspects and his ability to extract the earth’s wealth, minerals and oil, which allowed him to use these resources with great eagerness and in a way that became predictive that future generations may come and not find new resources on the surface of the earth.

Human activities expanded and needs increased, and there was a need to expand agriculture and transform forests into farms and pastures, as well as obtaining timber, which resulted in the phenomenon of annihilation of natural forests, which was considered the natural factory for the production of oxygen gas through the process of photosynthesis, and global warming appeared, which led to a rise in the average temperature of the earth. About 5 degrees during the last 100 years, which has become very dangerous and threatens the melting of the ice layers at the poles stored in the form of snow for millions of years, which will lead to a rise in the water level in the oceans and the sinking of millions of kilometers of coasts in the world and will be accompanied by drastic climate changes that may be catastrophic. Add to this the devastating effects on the human being himself as a result of human bad dealing with economic resources that with their depletion and scarcity, human groups will be exposed to poverty, ignorance, disease and lack of a decent life.

Without entering into many technical, scientific, geological, medical and environmental details and their statement is long, the effects that resulted from scientific development and successive industrial revolutions threaten the stability of our lives and the continuation of the existence of millions of species of creatures that live on the surface of this planet. Isn’t that in itself a wake-up call to be eagerly awaited?

We are now on the verge of the fourth industrial revolution and the new dreams it holds for humans, as the use of the smart machine is deepening, allowing new treatments for diseases with expectations of an increase in human life expectancy, which means that this planet now has to provide resources, food, fuel, materials and minerals for very large numbers in the future This will further complicate the situation that has been stated, and it can be asserted that providing resources – due to the current number of the world’s population – would be almost impossible if human practices and activities continued on their current steady course without reconsidering them and imposing radical changes in their unnatural practices to take into account the environmental, economic and human dimensions To continue and sustain life on this planet.

Dr..Eng. Ali Mohamed El Khouri

Advisor to the Council of Arab Economic Unity and President of the Arab Federation for Digital Economy