Your Own Effect on

man's handToday the Earth's community of living things, its biosphere (which includes us), is endangered. Quite possibly nothing threatens the welfare of Life on Earth more than human behavior. If you are a participating member of any consumption-oriented culture -- especially if you live in the United States -- you are responsible for unnecessarily destroying the Earth's Biosphere.

You, and I, are responsible because we use things which, when they are produced and sold, result in activities that damage or destroy parts of the Earth's living zone, its biosphere. A flip of the light switch is an order to the utilities to create air pollution and radioactive wastes as they produce electricity for your lamp.recycleEven the aluminum foil around your stick of chewing gum carries its environmental price. Choosing to consume when it's not necessary, and choosing not to recycle, are profound statements about your own code of ethics and sensibility to Life on Earth.

A tremendous source of information on many aspects of the Earth's environment is provided on the UN's publication page for its Environment for Development Program.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science provides an online Atlas of Population & Environment in which you can find maps and discussions relating to such topics as biodiversity, the atmosphere and ecosystems.

If you want to convince yourself that the statements made on this page are right or wrong, we invite you to browse our Web eco-links page where many links are provided to reputable information sources on the Web relating to the environment. You can also calculate your Ecological Footprint.

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