Environment – What is Sisur?
Humans depend on the environment for survival; from food to the air that we breathe in all comes from the environment.
There it is important that we protect and conserve the environment. This conservation entails the protection of the ecosystems and natural habitats; protection of the atmosphere from pollution & damage to the ozone layer; preservation of natural resources as well as adopting the use of renewable resources.
It should be noted that the protection of the environment stands to benefit us in a number of was hence measures and policies; which seek to conserve the environment should be embraced. For instance, when we preserve the ecosystems and the natural habitats we protect the food chains of the animals therein; when we prevent pollution of the atmosphere, we ensure that we get fresh air to breathe; which is free from respiratory diseases hence we will live a longer life span.
By protecting the ozone layer
This means that we reduce the amount of hazardous ultraviolet radiation rays; which reaches the earth’s surface hence reduce chances of illnesses; such as skin cancer, breast cancer, and sunburns.
When we preserve natural resources it means that resources; such as clean water will be available to all now and in the future. Thus promoting a healthy lifestyle. In addition to that, natural resources can best be preserved by utilizing renewable energy; which has little negative effects on the environments as opposed to non-renewable resources; such as fossil fuels; which when burned pose potential hazards on the environment. As well as the atmosphere.
This site’s history
This website was initially published in French by a movement based in Quebec, Canada called Sept-Îles Sans Uranium (SISUR) – Sept-Îles without Uranium. This was a group formed in 2008 by the citizens of Quebec to oppose the exploration of uranium in Quebec; as the Terra Ventures Company was drilling the region in search of uranium.
They briefly used the domain; but they let it expire. Although, it seems that they migrated to sisur.org; which they are currently using.
This site has great posts about environmental conservation and protection. Already, there are several published posts and you can read them by clicking the categories below…
Was it a calling in disguise?
My name is Peter Turner and this is my story of why I started a movement, World Green Belt; which advocates for protection of the environment. Although the movement is still young, our voices are being heard and I believe that one day; the human race will stop destroying the environment.
However, I worked as a coal miner for almost 10 years. I was working in the deep shaft mines and I must agree that the job was a riskier one because of the dangers posed by the nature of the job. With that said, I don’t know why, I stayed there for such long; or why I didn’t have the guts to quit the job and search for a better one. I just wish I did. Nonetheless, I was young and not yet married. Hence I had few obligations. This means even if I had quit the job earlier even without a better one, I wouldn’t have had a hard time.
Time to call it quits.
One evening while I was relaxing at home watching the TV after a busy day at the mines, I watched a documentary; which addressed the effects of green house gaseous emissions and was much aggrieved by the fact that coal burning was one of the main contributors to these emissions. The footages of natural catastrophes caused by these green houses emissions were very emotional and sad. This made me feel as if I was directly part and parcel of these catastrophes. I felt as if I directly contributed to the plight of the victims.
That night a never slept well and the night was full of nightmares. I knew that I had to quit the job and the next day I tendered my resignation. It had been years working in a lowly paying job. Here, the coal that we mined each day was responsible for global warming.
Righting the wrongs.
The feeling of guilt of working at the coal mines gave me an urge to right the wrong. I felt that I should do something to sensitize people about the effects of producing and relying on energy produced by burning of coal.
Therefore I went looking of other workers like me who had quit before, and who believed in environmental conservation and together we registered a movement; which would address this. That is how World Green Belt was conceived and since we have been having consultative forums and meeting to sensitize the general public of the effects of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Also, it importantly the effects of burning coal so as to produce energy.
Why are humans heartless to the environment?
Watching the animated movie, Delhi Safari made me resale the importance of conserving nature; as well as the resources which surround us. It’s true that the life of human beings depends on nature and therefore as humans we need to take care of the environment.
The quiet emotional movie is based on a storyline about an adventure of 5 wild animals, a leopard cub & it’s mother, a bear, a monkey and a parrot who undertake a journey from Mumbai, their natural habitat; which is on the verge of destruction by the encroachment of humans who were establishing development there; to Delhi where the animals needed to present their petition to parliament; so that the development. This was threatening the habitat of the animals would be curtailed.
The main theme in the animated movie
It’s about the balance which exists between human beings and the environment. If this balance is threatened then even the lives of humans will be at stake.
It all starts when a male leopard, father of the cub who is left as the main character of the movie; is shot down after being besieged bulldozers belonging to developers who had started clearing the forested area where the animals used to reside. After the shooting incident; the animals are torn between leaving the habitat, invading humans and or approaching them for dialogue.
It’s very clear here that animals are ready to strike back and attack humans when their homes are destroyed due to human encroachment. This is because this is the place where they know as home and the source of the livelihood (food chain).
It completely makes sense for them to go wild and start invasions
Theirs is a clear picture there and it depicts how we act today. Most of the forested areas have been cleared for human settlement and agriculture. Apart from the wild animals, it means that we are likely to have fewer rains and also due to the massive reduced forest covers; then the atmosphere will be polluted. This is because it is the plants and trees; which help clean the atmosphere by taking in carbon dioxide. They also help in retaining carbon by storing it within themselves.
There is also the case of shortage of resources such as stream and spring waters most; of which emanate from frosted areas. What about the pride of seeing these animals themselves? Will the posterity have something to brag about?
It is the high time that human beings took responsibility of the environment because it is us who stand to benefit the most. We should care for the environment; as well as conserve it in the best way possible; so that it can too favor our stay.
Caring for the environment
Touched by the horror and plight of victims of various environmental disasters; such as hurricane Katrina and other disasters like hailstorms, cyclones, tropical tornados, heat waves, bushfires; I felt the urge to study more about their causes. The massive destruction of property, loss of lives and impoverishment; which the victims undergo after the disasters mad me really pity them. Thus I researched a lot in order to find the underlying causes.
That’s when I came to know of the menace of global warming and its potential threats. I read every publication from different forums and consultative meetings held to discuss about how carbon emissions should be reduced by the developed nations; which contributed much of these green house gaseous emissions and I must agree that from my observations and conclusion, not much was being undertaken.
For instance, most of the contributions of these emissions result from processing of fossil fuels to produce energy; which is most depended on by industries in these counties than any other form of energy; a clear indication that global warming won’t be going away any sooner.
Ironically, the poor nations who contribute less of these carbon emissions are the ones affected the most. They are the ones who suffer most because most of these natural catastrophes hit their nations and they are ill-equipped to handle them.
Aggrieved by this
I felt an urge to start a movement; which would champion for the curtailing of green houses emissions. I thought of the best way to express my ideas and attract other like-minded people to help me in the fight. But no idea was practical.
Therefore I decided to join and online forum where I spend my free time posting and replying threads; which sought to fight global warming while encouraging the use of green energy. Six months of this labor-intensive work, I was able to make online friends who advised me to start a blog.
The blog went to grow to a huge one with many readers who concurred with my ideologies of green energy adoption. I was able to reach masses and sensitize them of the effects of green house emissions.
I’ve been doing so for the past two years
I was glad when the environmental management board in my country recognized my efforts and awarded me an award for my efforts to sensitize people on the need for environmental conservation and also made me the ‘Green Ambassador’ in my country.
I still feel that this is the best thing I could give to the community and the human race as a whole and it’s my hope that every person should realize the importance of environmental conservation and work towards ensuring that we live a conducive and habitable environment by conserving it.
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