Why We All Matter

Hannah here. I’m a junior Biology major at Chapman University and a series of phenomenal events have lead me to be a member of the iMatter team.

I spent this past summer on Semester at Sea traveling all over the world, and I realized how absolutely beautiful our planet is. I also realized that we’re in BIG trouble if we don’t protect it. It is really a humbling experience when one realizes that one is in fact not the only person on this planet—in fact, there are nearly seven billon…SEVEN BILLION of us. I don’t know about you, but that number scares me. It’s even more petrifying to know that that number is expected to reach NINE BILLON (that’s 9,000,000,000 people living on Earth) by 2050. Population growth and the expansion of globalization and its effect on the environment is something we cannot ignore (check out Hilary French’s book, Vanishing Borders, for a whole six chapters dedicated to Globalization).

In other words, as more and more people gain the technology needed to compete on the world market, our natural resources become continuously diminished…until what end? Humans are literally going to run out of food. We’re putting so much pressure on Earth’s carrying capacity that an ecological bubble is forming around us…and should that bubble burst? Let’s just say that the Earth will be completely unrecognizable.

We all deserve to be able to go out and see the world, to experience different countries, to see the Great pyramids and drink water from the Tara River (the largest source of freshwater in Europe). But that won’t be possible if the Earth is damaged beyond recognition at no one’s fault but our own.

That’s why I’m here- to stand up for the Earth and all of the beauty in it.

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