Road to Hell

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Road to Hell
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Today we bear the burden of older generations’ ecological mistakes. The industrialisation brought many machines and factories and since then, technology has progressed enormously both for the good – and bad.
The spoiling of the nature does not stop there, however, because we continue in their footsteps, not caring whether or not our grandchildren will ever know a green forest or a sparkly river. “It is not my problem,” some people say, and maybe that is true. But that will change if we do not do something.
Many organisations – like Green Peace – work towards living on a better planet and treating the world with care.

One might walk outside today and think: ”This looks nice, I do not see a problem with nature as it is”, but that is only true to an extent. Many of the major changes, which happen in nature, are not visible in the western world. For instance, the polar ice caps are melting, which some day may cause the sea levels to rise and flood coastal cities. That is not something we can see when we look out the window, and that makes it hard to relate to.
Many rainforests are cut down to grow fields, use the wood for paper and such and to build cities and factories (resulting in extinction of many animal and plant species) but it is not something we see with our own eyes, so it might as well not happen in the first place. Furthermore, flushing soap, chemicals, etc. down the drain, damages the ecosystem because clean water is spoiled – water in which millions of animals live.

When we throw garbage in nature, we walk away, so we do not always realise that it takes hundreds of years, maybe even thousands, for a soda can or a piece of plastic to break down and disappear. Even though our ancestors did carry some blame, we are still carrying the bigger fault. That is exactly what Chris Rea sings, and writes, about in his song…...

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