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Our Planet Is Dying

This semester I am taking Ecology, and I had the realization the other day that the majority of the class is learning about how human actions have been… well, there’s no nice way to say this… destroying our planet. So far this semester the main topic we have been studying is levels of organization in ecosystems. Usually over half of the causes of collapse or depletion in said levels is or can be attributed to human actions. Essentially, our planet wouldn’t be dying if we weren’t here. 

You see, I have heard so many predictions about how much time we have before climate change is irreversible. I think the largest estimate is fifteen years, and the smallest was around four years. This is our Earth and we are on the road to a dystopian-esque future, whether you like it or not. 

Picture from the Omaha World Herald shows the student climate strikes in Omaha, representing familiar Mercy faces

I went through a dystopian young adult fiction phase in middle school. I read the entire Divergent and Hunger Games trilogies, as well as the first of the Maze Runner books. In eighth grade I found an interesting series called Life As We Knew It. The series shows their world brought into apocalypse by the moon getting closer to Earth. This small incident led to mass natural disasters, many of which are what is predicted to take over the planet once climate change is irresistible. 

Reminiscing of that book reminds me why I fight for action against climate change. This is our lifetime whether we like it or not. We are the ones who will have to clean up the mess left by past generations and make it suitable for generations to come.

Erin Hardy
I’m a theater kid who loves chickens a little too much. / Around Mercy Editor
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