Every person on this Earth finds comfort in something whether it is a person, place, or thing. You learn to love and appreciate it and eventually you find yourself being addicted to it. Mother Nature happens to be my addiction. There is so much beauty that she has to offer. It starts from dusk until dawn and everything in between. From sunrise to sundown, she displays herself in many different ways. She is everywhere and it is impossible to ignore her yet people always do. We take everything she has to offer for granted nowadays. People don’t stop to acknowledge and appreciate her beauty. We live in a world where people try to create beauty instead of noticing the beauty around them. We destroy and kill and because of this, our world is being harmed. Wildlife species are being killed to the point of their extinction, deforestation is depleting the amount of plants and trees left in different areas, and climate change is occurring because of the decrease in forests. According to Conserve-energy-future.com, through deforestation it estimated that 18 million acres of forest are lost each year. At this rate it will take less than 100 years to destroy all the rain forests on the Earth. Deforestation has its set of side effects as well. Deforestation is one of the causes of global warming. As a result, the Earth’s temperature has increased 0.8 degrees Celsius over the past century. Also, loss of forests contributes between 12 to 17 percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions. Up to 28,000 species are expected to become extinct by the next quarter of the century due to deforestation according to Conserve-energy-future.com. Our world is going downhill and is being torn apart for the wrong reasons. It almost seems like it is a taboo for people to just enjoy Mother Nature for her beauty and what she has to offer. Through this essay I hope people learn to love and appreciate their surroundings. I wish to express the true beauty offered to us by this world and I hope people realize these are the things they are destroying. If we don’t start appreciating what this world has to offer and do our best to protect it this will have a harmful effect on all of humanity. In this photo essay I am going to display pictures that show my love and appreciation for nature. They will include pictures of sights, different plants and animals. Each of these pictures were taken either in Austin or on the campus of Texas State University because of the fact that this will be my home for the next four years. A lot can happen in that time so I wanted to give people in this area an idea of what is going on around them.
As you can see, there are so many factors that lead to the destruction of nature. What worries me is how quickly land is being lost. I have been a student at Texas State for one semester and in that semester alone I have seen many changes being made. Land was turned into parking garages or into apartments and construction sites are sited everywhere now. I understand that people are trying to make a living and are trying to make business because San Marcos is a college town, but I feel like they need to be more empathetic towards Mother Nature before it is too late. Wildlife contributes to our environment and society more than we think. The easy part is taking them down and making way for something society feels is more important. The hard part is going to be growing them back when we need them. Of course, this only pertains to the trees, shrubs, and plants that are being lost. We are able to grow them back if we chose to but animals can’t be brought back once they’re extinct. People don’t think much of killing animals and destroying their habitats now but once there are no more, they will feel regret for what we as a society did. Deforestation is real and is becoming more of an issue now. Although the pictures I showed did not actually show the process of deforestation they all related to it in some way and all connected. Land is being lost, animals are losing home as well as their lives and we, as a society, need to wake up and realize what we are doing to Mother Nature while we still have a chance.
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