Every day when I wake up, I see new articles about how awful things are happening to the environment. However, it is incredible to me that while there is so much press about how unjustly the environment is being treated, there is very little progress on the front of preserving it. No matter what we are doing, it seems like the government and large money-hungry corporations are exploiting the earth.
One of the unjust things that humans are doing to the environment is the contribution to watershed degradation. While watershed degradation can happen due to a host of different causes, one of the causes is overexploitation of the land. This happens when arable land is used beyond its potential for fertility. As a result, the land begins to lose nutrients and other attributes that make the land life-giving. This ultimately becomes a contributing factor towards watershed degradation. The worst part about this is that we are totally in control. We have the ability to let go and let the land recover. However, in order to get ahead in life and try to make a buck, we end up hurting the earth through this awful method. This is unjust and unacceptable.
Another unjust thing that humans are doing to the environment is allowing oil spills to happen. Oftentimes this happens because of our recklessness. However, this can also happen because we are too greedy and oil-dependent. As a result, we are putting the earth at risk of massive pollution. This is another source of injustice towards the environment.
Today, I’ve been thinking a lot about all of the injustice being done to animals both in our nation and around the world. There are so many things that we are doing wrong as humans to the fellow creatures that are sharing the earth with us. Below are some of the ways that humans are treating animals unjustly.
DESTROYING THEIR HOMES
One of the things we humans are doing that is unjust toward animals is disregarding the environment, which in turn ends up destroying the natural habitats (read: HOMES) of many animals. Think about it! Every time we cut down trees, we take away the nest of some innocent birds or some home for insects. For example, many bees establish their hives on the branches of trees. We need to be more conscious of what we are doing to the environment so that we protect and preserve the homes of so many wild animals.
MISTREATMENT OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS
It is absolutely unbelievable how many animals who are considered to be “pets” in some person’s home are being treated unjustly. Oftentimes, these animals are not being fed properly or are not being given the proper hygienic care that they require. This leads to a deteriorating health pattern for many of these animals. This is wrong. Imagine if that pet was a human! The person in charge of caring for that individual would be arrested and then put on trial for neglect. We need to establish some accountability or raise awareness for the mistreatment of domestic animals.
Sometimes, it’s very tempting to throw in the towel and resign yourself to the notion that we will never be able to establish justice in our society. After all, so many terrible things are happening. People are killing, robbing, and committing other heinous crimes and getting away with it. Even our justice system, which is supposed to effect positive change and retribution in our society, is flawed and corrupt. This results in the unjust prevailing and injustice running rampant all over our country. However, we need to keep fighting, because justice will prevail in the end.
One of the things that we can use to give us hope is to remind ourselves that we are making progress with justice. For example, we are increasing awareness of all of the unjust things that are happening. Everyday, more and more people are learning about all of the ways that justice is being shortchanged in our society. What is more, these people are getting angry (and rightfully so!) about the injustice that exists and are wanting to do something about it. This is a huge encouragement because it shows that justice still lives in the hearts of decent people everywhere. If we can round up enough of those people, we can have a voice for justice and further our agenda, which is to promote full justice in our society.
Because there are so many people becoming aware of injustice, our side is growing in strength and in numbers. Don’t give up on justice!