Human activity has had negative effects on the plant and animal species. Some people think there’s nothing we can do to change the situation. It’s too late. Others think we can take effective action to improve the situation. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
The news is constantly reporting how human endeavours have caused extensive damage to the planet’s flora and fauna. Many commentators take the view that nothing can be done to reverse the destruction already caused to the natural world. However, others are more optimistic about reversing the injury we have caused. I am one of those people.
Firstly, it is imperative that governments around the world enact laws to protect the environment at home and abroad. For example, banning the ivory trade at home impacts upon elephant numbers in Africa. If no one buys ivory, the poachers have no reason to kill these magnificent beasts. Moreover, the prohibiting of the use of certain hardwoods for furniture and building materials goes a long way towards protecting forests and thus the flora and fauna within that habitat.
On the other hand, some people are more pessimistic and say the damage has already been done and there is nothing we can do. Nonetheless, I would argue that the evidence flies in the face of these naysayers. For instance, wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone Park where they had become extinct and a remarkable thing happened. The environment which had decayed sprang back to life and animals and plants also returned, even the river changed course, just because of the impact these predators had on that ecosystem.
In conclusion, it is true that many people do have diverse opinions about the need to protect our world. Nevertheless, I strongly believe it is still possible to reverse some of the changes and save the planet.
By Dr Rob Burton
flora and fauna (idiom) Plant life and wildlife, collectively.
She's a scientist, studying the flora and fauna in this region.
take the view that (idiom) To have the opinion or belief that something is the case.
Unfortunately, the president has taken the view that the national parks around the country are not worth protecting and maintaining.
I now take the view that religion is harmless so long as it does not compel its members to proselytize.
go a long way toward (something) (idiom) To be very helpful in achieving some goal.
Don't do anything rash—patience will go a long way toward bringing you allies in this situation.
fly in the face of (idiom) To be oract in clear opposition to something else.
I can't believe you said something so awful. It flies in the face of everything we stand for!
Don't quit now, that just flies in the face of all your hard work.
naysayer (noun) someone who opposes something or says no to it.
ecosystem (noun) (Biology) ecology a system involving the interactions between a community of living organisms in a particular area and its non-living environment.
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