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Can we save or restore our ecosystem?

Due to industrial development , technology advancement..Our ecosystem has completely gone out of balance.We, living in cities are more vulnerable to diseases simply because of the pollutions the vehicles emit. The need for infrastructure to support human needs due to population explosions .
So we all know our ecosystem is going out of balance due deforestation and we are not sportive to support reforestation or afforestation.So how do we take up an initiative?

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Closing Statement from Bharath Kumar Kunjibettu

There is a very famous quote which says :

"Only when the last tree has died, the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we cannot eat money."

We must be more proactive in helping environmentalists preserve our planet

Thanks to everyone who posted their comments ... Cheers

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    Jun 27 2012: Just do what you can. Compost, plant a tree, recycle your garbage or grass clippings. Life gets a little better for everyone went someone does these things. Just start by doing what is natural or expedient for you and grow as you can.
  • Jun 5 2012: When I was a kid growing up in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A., (60's), the Willamette River which ran through town was polluted to the point where we were advised not to swim in it. A generation later, we were living in Salem, upstream from Portland, and they had a nice waterfront park right on the Willamette River. I often took my children swimming there and had a great time. In those same '60's, the Cayuhoga river in Cleveland was so polluted it caught fire! I hear it also has been restored. In Oregon, trees grow so fast, that most logging is 3rd-4th generation timber, grown on timber farms for the express purpose of logging. I've seen trees, (I planted one in my front yard) reach harvestable size in 25 years. There's hope if we can keep the money interests at bay.
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      Jun 21 2012: Excellent examples - I unfortunately have yet to see environmental recovery from human impacts personally. Although I have hope and am trying to be optimistic that significant efforts are being made to reduce or eliminate human impact on the oceans, air, and land, consumerism is the biggest driver of economies, which in turn impact various aspects of our environment. For all the eco friendly people, corporations, and organizations who have green-thinking methods of practice and ways, there is an immense amount of products produced and disposed of on a regular basis.

      A quick question to ask: how many TED users reading these debates and questions are drinking or eating out of a disposable container, instead of a reusable one?

      Changing the way the masses think is the core of what needs to change before looking at how to change behaviour or practice, with a healing environment as the end result. I don't have exact figures in my head, however I do have doubts that humankind as a whole will be able to reverse the damage done (and still being done) before significant events shock the majority into making the necessary significant changes. I myself want to do more, but have only begun to look into doing so on a bigger scale (personal > community > business > etc.) until just recently. A sad realization is that for the majority of the middle / upper class, unless their quality of life is affected in the here and now, the environment (for themselves, or their children), is an extremely small concern; if at all, then as a fad to keep pace with their 'green' neighbours.

      I realize it sounds negative, but perhaps that's the reality I see based on experience and current research.
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        Jun 28 2012: I could not agree more with you on this S W ,
        it is a matter of concern with the way people are careless about environment and the only thing I can say is we need to be more proactive on tackling the environmental concerns in a sens ible manner by bringing all environmentalists and NGOs that address environmental concerns come to a solution