Earths Ecosystem Dilemma

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Earth's Ecosystem Dilemma
The Belize Barrier Reef is a fragile ecosystem that is in danger due to the cutting down of the mangrove forest, improper waste management, excessive development, and oil discovery (Young, 2008). People are the only ones that can reverse the damage that is happening to the largest barrier reef in the Northern hemisphere.
Human Role
I was taught at an early age that if I make a mess, I clean it up. If humans mess up these threatened regions, then humans should clean them up and preserve them. The same goes for the Belize barrier reef. We should be the garbage man/woman by cleaning up the waste that is spilling into the ocean and stop the deforestation of the mangrove trees. If there is no way the government will stop the oil rigs from drilling then they should not be allowed near the reef system.
Middle Ground
Environmental groups oppose drilling in and near Belize for fear of the destruction of the barrier reef, the mangrove forests, and the surrounding marine habitat; those who want to drill for oil think it will boost the local economy and help put Belize citizens to work. Putting people to work sounds nice, but why not go one step further and ask the government to place some of the oil money aside for environmental efforts.
Intervention
The Belize government can come to some sort of agreement with environmentalists in regards to conservation. Different countries governments should not get involved unless the harm being done to the local eco system could harm other countries eco systems as well. If another country could be harmed because of the actions of another, it is the right of the offended country to ‘nudge’ the offending country. Take Japan for example. The radiated water that leaked into the ocean could destroy the entire ecosystem in that area. This was enough cause for concern that the US government…...

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