posted on Feb, 21 2004 @ 11:01 PM
I have edited it a little. This is just a rough draft so it's not final.
Is the destruction of Earth closer than we think?
Merriam Websterís defines belief as ďa state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thingĒ. Many people have
different beliefs; they can come in many different forms; the belief of the next ice age, the belief of a third World War, or the belief of Santa
Claus, belief of the tooth fairy, etc.
The topic I have chosen to write about is very generalized. Many theories are circling about concerning different scenarios on the end of our planet.
There are Biblical, scientific, and personal scenarios. I shall include in this essay, my personal beliefs as well as some scientific data concerning
the events surrounding the end of the world.
There are many places to begin. I guess I should start at the most relevant subject to us today: nuclear powers. The nuclear threat is a very real
threat to the end of the world. With the United States currently having approximately 8,500 active warheads and Russia currently having approximately
8,400 active warheads, if there ever were a nuclear standoff between these two countries, the world would end in a few short days. This is just an
example of the threat that the nuclear weapon poses to our planet. The beginning of peace talks between the two major nuclear powers of today: India
and Pakistan. According to the Carnegie Endowment for International Pieceís website, India contains approximately 30-35 nuclear warheads and Pakistan
possesses the components and material to assemble a small number of nuclear weapons in a matter of hours or days. The website also states that
Pakistan has ďproduced enough weapons-grade material to produce between 30-55 nuclear weaponsĒ, and India has ďproduced enough weapons-grade plutonium
to produce 50-90 nuclear weaponsĒ. The nuclear threat is in the beginning stages of slowly disintegrating between those two countries. The next issue
concerning the subject of the essay would be global warming. Everyday global warming becomes an even bigger problem. The damage humans have done to
the planet by using heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) mainly from the burning of fossil fuels in cars, power plants, factories, and homes
has caused the global climate to warm up 1.1 Fahrenheit over the last century, warming faster than any time in the last 1,000 years. As a result, the
1990s was the hottest decade in the last 1,000 years, according to a report done by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The Bush
Administration has introduced the Clear Skies Act during the presidentís 2003 State of the Union address. This act is supposed to ďcreate a mandatory
program that would dramatically reduce power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and mercury by setting a national cap on
each pollutantĒ according to the website of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Bush Administration must cooperate with the global
community and devise a plan in order to dramatically reduce the threat and eventually stop the threat that global warming poses. By encouraging
automobile companies to build more less fuel-efficient automobiles this would be a first step in slowing down global warming.
War. As defined in Merriam Websterís war is ďa struggle or competition between opposing forces or for a particular endĒ. War has been struggling for
an end to itself for many millennia. From the battles of cavemen for food to the War Against Terrorists (you canít have a war against a verb!) and the
War In Iraq, war is inevitable, always coming, always going, and never stopping, a continuous cycle. I donít really need to say much about war, we now
know and are experienced, but still have yet to learn from the consequences of the art of war.
Global warming, war, the nuclear threat; these are just a few examples in which I personally believe will have a major part in the end of the world.
The end may not come soon, but it will have to come eventually.
*NOTE* This essay is the authorís personal beliefs and should not be taken seriously if not wanted to.