After years of campaigning from avid individuals, more of the world’s population is now sitting up and paying attention to the negative impact we have on our environment. It’s a good job too because our world’s at bursting point. And, if we carry on this way, extreme weather conditions and melting ice caps only look set to get worse. You could say, then, that we’ve finally looked up just before running over the edge of a cliff. And, as it stands, we’re teetering on edge but just about managing to hold on.
But, that won’t last for long unless we address our current behaviors. And, part of that means recognizing the primary problem areas. From an outside perspective, it would be easy to point the finger and say that city-living is to blame for all our issues. And, given that the 8% rise we’ve seen in air pollution over the last five years seems centered in city areas, that would be a fair assumption. But, that’s not to say city life is the only thing to blame for our planet’s problems. In fact, even those who live in the countryside are playing their part in the damage done.
To prove that point, we’re going to pit the two off against each other in a good old-fashioned battle to the death. Or, you know… a battle to the truth, if you prefer.
So you live in the city?
If you live in the city, you’re probably fed up to the back teeth or hearing about the damage ‘you’re’ causing to our planet. No one likes to take the blame for something that isn’t their fault, after all. You do your bit like anyone else, don’t you? Sadly, though, the accusations against you aren’t unfounded. And, while cities like New York are currently experiencing their lowest levels of air pollution, there’s still a pretty long way to go. That said, your lifestyle still deserves a fair trial. And, that’s exactly what we intend to give it.
On the plus side many councils are working on improving pollution issues in our inner-city areas. Attempts to tackle this issue have seen increases in city public transport systems, and also the rise of ridesharing. Both of which stand to reduce pollution levels by getting cars off city roads. What’s more, cities allow for concentrated living. And, that can go a long way towards environmental regeneration elsewhere. If our houses are confined to city areas, after all, rural locations can remain untouched and flourishing.
The bad news is that the story doesn’t end there. For one, there are still vast swathes of cars on city roads. As such, air pollution is still at its highest here, and that doesn’t look set to change anytime soon. Even congestion charges in some city areas don’t seem to have improved that situation. What’s more, concentrated living is a double-edged sword. While it’s good to give the land over to nature, squashing everyone like sardines is the reason these air pollution issues arise in the first place. If you spread out living areas a little more, you can be sure overall air quality would benefit from it.
Simple life in the country
Now, let’s turn our attention to the country-dwellers. Chances are, you’re all feeling pretty smug after that city dressing down. But, the fight isn’t over yet. While your rural setting fools many people, we know better. After all, if you have a car and electricity, you aren’t without blame. Besides which, country living can cause damage in ways you might not have anticipated. So, without further ado, let’s hear your side of things.
On the plus side, there are a lot more obvious environmental benefits to country life. After all, your air pollution levels are sure to be a lot lower from the start. And, if it’s only you for miles around, they’re sure to stay that way. You can forget streams of traffic throwing exhaust fumes into the air all day every day. The only car which drives those roads is yours. And, one is better than thousands. Besides which, individuals who live in properties with like those found at SATP may not have to drive much at all. After all, having plenty of land to hand means you can become self-sufficient. You can grow veg, keep animals, and pretty much keep yourself to yourself. And, anyone knows that’s about the most environmentally friendly way to live.
The bad news is that your lifestyle is far from squeaky clean. In your very efforts to save our planet, you’ve moved straight into a wild habitat. That means your property could cause all manner of issues for nature. It may be that it was built on a nesting site, or that animals were harmed during the making. And, that’s a problem given that wildlife is essential for our ecosystem. What’s more, those animals you’re farming cause vast swathes of pollution in themselves. A cow, for instance, will release between 70-120g of methane in a year. And, the effect of methane on the environment is 23 times more damaging than that of carbon dioxide. Not to mention the fact that crops grown for animal feed are a significant drain on natural resources. In fact, cornfields use around six billion gallons of water a year in the U.S. alone. So, you could say being self-sufficient isn’t quite as sound as you thought it was.
But, who wins?
So, those are the facts. And, we think you’ll agree that no one wins. Both country and city life can damage this world we live in. Instead of fighting and laying blame, then, we should each be doing what we can to make improvements. Those in the city should keep fighting to clear their roads, while country-dwellers should only farm small amounts to keep them going. And, of course, we should all keep a close eye on the situation. Knowledge, after all, is the best benefit of all when it comes to our environment.
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