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While many of us enjoy the luxury of watching TV on our couch with a cold can of soda or beer, the ice caps are melting at an alarming rate. Polar bears that need the ice to hunt and survive are drowning or starving; sometimes forced to search through dumpsters to survive. www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news…

Global warming is undeniably here. 2000-present date was the warmest decade on record worldwide www.epa.gov/climatechange/indi…. This is not part of the natural climate change but a human induced and an abnormally accelerated increase in temperature. Waiting for the countdown until all the ice caps and glacier have melted and water level has risen is not an option.

Many of us think that helping to prevent global warming is just about driving a hybrid car, or getting solar panels, which most people can't afford, so why bother?

While fossil fuel burning cars are a huge source of green house gasses, many other things also add up to create the problem. The manufacturing of anything takes up energy, which is usually created by burning fossil fuel like gas and coal. Relying on oil also lets big oil companies like BP and ExxonMobile get away with oil spills time and time again (with the most recent large spill in Yellowstone national park billingsgazette.com/news/local…) With that in mind, I'm not saying we should give up everything we own and live in the wild, but any amount of reduce, reuse, and recycle will lessen the amount of new products that needs manufacturing. And that's something we can all do.

Taking public transportation, carpooling, or riding a bike are a cost efficient and healthy way to save energy and money. Even eating less meat (especially cows and pigs), can greatly help because it takes more energy to raise a cow than some crops of the same nutritional value. Cows are also a huge source of methane, which is another type of greenhouse gases that's responsible for global warming.

There are many other small things that we can all do help the environment like turning off the lights when we're not in the room, or not using the AC or heater if we could just take off or put on a jacket instead.

Change is not waiting for the scientists and government to come up with the solution, change starts with the little things we can do everyday.

For more simple ways to help:
what we can do at home
www.stopglobalwarming.org
Plant a billion trees
what the heck are we doing to arctic ice?

All profits from dA prints, not just from this image, are donated to environmental and animal welfare organizations.

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It has come to my attention that my work closely resembles this one pepey.deviantart.com/art/globa… which was made 2 years before mine. I have never seen this until after I posted my drawing, and people started telling me about the similarities between the two. I did not copy the idea and the similarities are purely coincidental. Congrats to pepey who came up with it first, but please do not assume that I plagiarized.

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Hima-Arenu Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
the point is not that ...
god ....
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Quelance Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Yes, it is.
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dryadnotdruid Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes.
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LennyHirsch Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Student Photographer
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DeidarasMine Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
:x I see. well i did feel bad afterwards!
nicely done :)
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TheDayDreamer363 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dont worry I did too (at the bottom part)
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1evabell Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
I'm sorry to say so did I
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fire-inferno Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The bottom's not that funny...
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TheDayDreamer363 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is this really going to turn into a leech war thing? just my opinion, I have a right to it, that's it
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fire-inferno Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No, I was just saying I didn't think the bottom was funny... but you're entitled to your opinion. Sorry if I sounded like I was going to start a fight. :(
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TheDayDreamer363 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nonono, i mean i thought it was going to turn into one of those things were, even long after what ever happened has been taken care of, people still comment on the original and keep it going. you didn't do anything wrong :)
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Tsubasa-wing-child Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
yeah because she's still trying to change the channel with her head above water. Still it's an awesome piece in the way that it shows people really just don't care that much.
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TheDayDreamer363 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
true
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ManuTza1406 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
man also the top one...and the guilt is ours...we dont know what means LIFE anymore. Respect for the man who created this...and a warn for all of us..LET'S DO SOMETHING!
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Luffy0001 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just got reminded of MCR lol... your comment. I am one of the ones who didn't giggle or laugh a little.
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Boarok Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Too bad it's not original...: [link]
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Vladislav-Salata Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
It's just our human nature, it's the nature of all animals on the planet - consume or be consumed, but in our case just consume. For example, tigers are fierce predators and they don't care how cute is the antilope when the bite their face off - they devour them to survive. Also, they bully weak tigers to get the meat, while the weak ones are feasting upon fresh meat. If tigers were intelligent, they'd abuse other animals too - more power, more chances of survival.

Don't look upon me as an animal hater, but it's just life. We can't change anything unfortunately - we won't stop untill this world's resources will be scavenged, and we won't stop on other worlds when we finally master space colonisation.
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nymoue Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
First off : AMAZING artwork again ! and thank you for the message ! People need to see this...

Just a reminder, as many others probably said :

It is not the planet that is in danger. Time will erase the damages we've done so far, but the human race and all the other animal will probably (surely) disapear... We are not destroying the earth, we are destroying ourselves. Evolution will continue and the cycle of life will continue (but in another way entirely), without the human race.

It's true that we're doing exactly what other animals are doing and that we are in fact animals ourselves, but we differ from them in the fact that we ARE conscious of the impacts of our consommation and we don't even try to stop it...

Anyway, we're doomed anyway. We will not change our ways in time... Sorry to burst the bubble. But, we can try to make it happen less faster ... it's the least we can do for the future generations...
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OpalBat Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It is part of sentience to work against our own animalistic nature and surpass it. We've done it with agrarianism, science, and with philosophy. Can't we do the same to surpass our instinct to consume?
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NumesSanguis Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Even if our basic personality comes from genes, we can go against this by using our mind, by putting energy in thought we can neglect our instincts. So are we up against this challenge? Will you just follow your instincts for the rest of your life, or do you want to do something with it?
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tivapam Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you, but consuming in the way we are doing is not about surviving anymore. Why would we need televisions, ipads, more clothes, etc. to survive? I know it's not possible to stop with that kind of consuming. For human, it's not just surviving, its unfortunatelymostly about money..
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Vladislav-Salata Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Yes, that was exactly my point - but we can't help ourselves being greedy - it's all in the genes.
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DrawWithLaura Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Actually, they do those things to keep their species strong. They eat the "cute" antelope for food and they pick on the weak tigers to keep their species strong, to keep evolution on the best path.

Also what we're doing isn't just oh eating the poor cow or taking the poop mearcats habitat, we're destroying the planet and the creatures (such as polar bears) that aren't even influencing our life. (Generally speaking about America, I don't think Polar bears have a direct influence on Americans, but we're destroying the icebergs) which you COULD say thats their "habitat" however the icebergs will raise ocean levels, cause climate changes world wide and inevitably effect all the animals, the planet AND humans. We're killing ourselves basically. And taking everything else with us.
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Vladislav-Salata Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Yes, I know, but why do they take? Because their instincts tell them to take. We still have SOME active instincts, and we cannot go against them.

Tell me, would you give away everything you love and live in a monastery for the rest of your life?
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Zerohope2survive Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Even if we did try to drag it out as long as possible, the sun is going to swallow this planet up eventually. Earth simply wont exist forever, whether it's our fault or not. The ideal thing would be (as wise and intelligent creatures) to try and time it so that the resources we have on Earth run out just before it becomes impossible to live on. (That way we won't waste a single thing).

As for space colonization, we don't have that kind of technology just yet. We'll be lucky if we have it in time at the rate we're going. As we've established before, the climate problem is picking up its pace--at the same time, space programs are seeing a very sharp plunge into defunctness.

In other words, if we really want to be parasites, we should at least do it intelligently (not that we have much choice at this point).
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Vladislav-Salata Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Yes, glad you agree (partly). Trust me, we WILL master space colonisation in a matter of 50 years (ooh, and that's when oil will run out!), just leave it to Russia.
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mercipher Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
agreed,

but i also think that people you not just leave it to, "them" to find ways to save our planet. if people were as intelligent as we all claim we are, why do we not all go out and study and experiment ways to help save our Earth? Earth does not have nearly as many Scientists as the potential great minds, why do we feel the compassion to enter this debate but not do anything actually productive?

Just my Opinion.

And on another note. Even though I have become addicted to this debate myself, I really must say I admire the artwork above greatly, nice job creating this marvelous piece `yuumei!!
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wwwdots Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
i dont see what you said have any relevance to global warming and additionally, killing for food is far different from killing for luxury. on the above painting it shows the video gaming, soda, car, television. those are shown as luxury not absolute needs for survival. our wants for luxury are causing environmental damage.
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Vladislav-Salata Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Oh it does go to global warming problem. But especially goes to animal lovers (respectfully) who think they can change something by yelling at miners, woodcutters and scientists. You can't change anything, and that is what is sad. We are selfish and greedy from nature, and we can't go against nature.
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wizzrobe Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I disagree, you're just rationalizing lazyness as "human nature". While it is true that it's part of human nature to grab whatever it needs or wants, humans are equally capable of planning ahead to avoid certain death. Humans are gifted with intelligence that send metal objects flying into space; I think a small portion of that could go to NOT biting the hand that feeds us.

Whether or not human nature is relevant, to simply say "we can't change anything" is just lazy and unproductive, not to mention incredibly fatalistic. You might as well walk into traffic and forward your hospital bill to "fate".

Besides, even if human nature is part of the equation, human nature dictates that we plan ahead to live another day. Just look at the invention of crop rotation or domesticated animals, clearly evidence that humankind is a planning race.

So no; I disagree. Just because most human societies are lazy as fuck doesn't make it "human nature" to ignore the climate change. It might just, in fact, be pure lazyness.
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Vladislav-Salata Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Have you ever heard of the word "arrogance"? Well, deep inside every human is arrogant and selfish. Even you. Even me. We believe that we are supreme and we can change everything ourself. Your belief is arrogant as it believes that you, animal lovers (respectfully) can change something. You can change NOTHING. You hear me? NOTHING. Only a massive catastrophe or disaster can achieve your goal, but unfortunately, its not happening any time soon. The seismic activities are quite low after Fukushima incident, and the polar caps arent going to melt any time soon.

Yes, call me a lazy ass motherfucker, but I see absolutely no point in joining your movement, as I look upon it as futile. I am neutral, not lazy.
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OmaRayJ Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There is a difference. Tigers like all animals, excluding ourselves, take what they need. We just take and it's 10x more than we need.
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BoyInACastle Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry mate but do you know wheat? This little fella actually "used" humans' need for bread to dominate over the other weeds of the whole world. Think this a bit. Ow and the fact that wheat,who only needs a few spoons of water, is being overfed everyday, and thriving in places where it shouldn't (p.e. Africa)
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Vladislav-Salata Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Absolutely correct. It's in our genes to take, can't you see? We got this from animals, back when humans were just evolving to Homo Sapiens Sapiens.
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Karisean Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Actually, some animals do take more than they need. I think it was jaguars in this case which will kill more than they need and defend it. Even if they have a carcass already, they'll go catch another. Even when it won't be able to eat both before they rot, lol.

Well, you know, regardless of our impending doom, cutting back does have lots of advantages for us. Eating foods that are healthier, promoting biodiversity in case a fungus or bug came out that killed off a certain food we rely on (think potato, lol) and even finances. Heating takes a lot of one's budget, so using that damn sweater that's been in your closet the whole year would help. Make good use of things short and long term. ^_^
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SourGrapeCalamity Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
I completely agree that both animals and humans are consumers, but animals do not over-consume.

For instance, a documented case: a small group of lions had just eaten their lunch around midday and a few photographers were staying far back, watching their day to day habits. A gazelle actually came by, very slowly, and the lions watched it. But since they had already eaten, they didn't find the need to kill something they would have no use for- they actually went over to it, and several pictures were taken of the lions simply sniffing the gazelle, who sniffed them back. They put unsheathed paws on its head and the gazelle played with them. Then the gazelle left and the lions napped.

I think, in life, a lot of humans are over-consumers. We take excessively. We do not need all the things we make and buy and build. But some animals do, in fact, need the simple things we take from them to survive. *shrug*
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tehLuna Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, but I am sorry to burst your bubble, the photos were just a part of the whole picture. The photographers were just lucky and swift in photographing that they took such a slight movement- after that the lions jumped on the gazelle and ate it.
I am just saying that not everything is a romantic movie in wildlife. Lions don't go and lick animals after they ate some other animals, and the gazelle wouldn't give up all its surviving instincts just because the lions already ate so that means they can all kiss and hug now.
And just imagine pets who can sometimes be really fat. Yes, their masters may give them a lot of food, but they know that they can have as much as food as they want, and they really don't think about how enough they have eaten- they can eat until they are seriously full. The difference between lions and domestic pets is that lions don't get their food, they need to earn it, and it can take a lot of energy for just one hunt, and they would rather eat and digest their food instead of running to hunt an another one, but they certainly wouldn't lick (especially since kissing/licking is more of a human nature) a potential prey.
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Vladislav-Salata Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
We are indeed over - consumers, and it is sad that we cannot change this - it's in our nature to take from the weak, but with human intelligence we take more. Animals just don't possess our supreme intelligence (well, we are the primes on this planet due to our intelligence) so they don't over-consume.
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FenrusU Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
we have more capability and more potential use for just about everything than any animal could ever conceive. if all creatures were sentient and capable of intricate logic like humans, all creatures would simply take everything they sense a potential untapped value in.

if those lions were smart enough, they would have killed the second gazelle and used its hide for something like clothing or what have you. animals simply only ever think to eat, however.

so many people accuse humanity of some sort of "sin" because it has a natural urge to expand it's repertoire of potential. people literally get mad at people because people are sentient.

not a lot of sense to be had in that.
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MsIndieRock Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Why do you think we buy and build so much more than we actually need to? Sorry, I'm just curious. Maybe it's something in our nature?
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Shamziel Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
It is extremely foolish of you to believe that we can just escape the ravaging of the earth by leaving it, like cowards. It's a completely non-viable option. Not only do we not have the resources to build and fuel enough ships - or even a relatively small number - not only is it completely impossible at this time - and likely within the next few hundred years - to make other planets remotely livable, the prolonged confinement and lack of sunlight that such a life would inevitably bring would drive us insane. We could not survive fleeing from our problems.

If this planet dies, we will die with it. We have nothing to replace it with.

Modern industrial human life is a perversion of nature. To illustrate this point, anthropologists have found that more than 50% of the human cultures they study worldwide respect the planet more than industrial societies, and consequently each other - the instance of rape in those cultures, for instance, is almost non-existent. Modern humans are also unbalanced neurologically because we lack the natural ability to purge emotional pain by storing it in our bodies and releasing it - we hold onto it, and let it affect our brains, and as a result, *we are the only animals on earth that suffer mental illnesses that are not inborn*. This is scientific fact.

We are killing ourselves, and we need to wake up and address that. If we don't, all we can look forward to is the despair of very slow death, and the knowledge that it is our fault and no one else's.
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adeojo16 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You do know about the back-up planet earth right? Super Earth? Nearly same thing just larger? It's a few light years away so we need those scientists to stop making Ipods small and make spaceships that can EXIT this solar system... We also need more hover cars.
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Rinnish Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Industrialized cities=colonies of humans.
Fire ants have colonies.
Bees have bee hives.
What's so different about making our hives out of steel?

Which cultures are the anthropologists referring to? An industrial society also counts as a human culture, so I'm sorry that I'm not entirely clear about what you mean.

What do you mean by purging emotional pain? Is this ability inherent in other animals?
On what basis can we state that this is:
A) Indeed a neurological imbalance
B) an inherent ability present in other animals that we apparently lack
C) That apparently holding our emotions in our bodies (how does that even work? Emotions are produced by chemicals in the brain, of course it affects our brain) causees inorganic mental illnesses.
Does crying count as a purging experience? I mean, your body is physically reacting to your emotions and as a result it releases a saline solution.

Also nature encompasses everything, including the textbooks, the iHomes, the factories etc, because they're all part of the material world. Nature, in the broadest sense, is equivalent to the physical or material world. "Nature" refers to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general so how is it a perversion of nature?
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Eiveri Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
disagree with the mental illnesses environmental factors affect all creatures, humans just tend to have more diagnosable and better studied mental illnesses. i will not deny that the current way of life for mankind has lead to the formation of mental illnesses (as it strays far too much from what we evolved doing- basically our prime worry was food and we didn't have all the stigmas and focuses of today). animals in captivity get mental illnesses too when under stress and poor conditions- not all but a lot are prone. but then again, we all carry genes that allow for mental illnesses so one could argue they are "inborn" they are just activated by certain stimuli just like many other genetic & bodily defects that may not be present at birth (like many forms of cancer and probably forms of diabetes).
a lot of mankind's mental illnesses can not only be attributed to our brain being pretty complicated but also the way it develops, a lot of which occurs outside of the womb. that's why it takes us so long to be able to fully walk and everything and a lot of the development even differs from higher apes. conditions in the womb are usually ideal for a human's development but there's no guarantee the environment outside is okay especially in a society like ours that is drastically different than anything any Earth animal grew up in.
also i agree, i do find it rather amusing people here think we can travel to other planets. even if we had a light speed vehicle it'd take us thousands of years to get to the nearest star with a planet. there'd be generations and generations aboard that vessel, who knows what kind of people that'd create even if we had the technology to do so.
let's save our home before we even consider fleeing to another. preserving what we got and correcting what we can is much more feasible than going to another planet- hoping it is suitable for us after we specifically evolved in Earth's conditions.
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Vladislav-Salata Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
You are right. Humanity WILL be doomed and there is nothing, I state again nothing that can change it. If we are not to flee from this dying world in the next 100 years then consider this as the end of humanity.
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FenrusU Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
lol

there is no reason to assume that people are the cause of global warming. shifting amidst the vast universe of stars and gravitational forces would be the only viable cause of any of this nonsense. xD how long do you expect one big rock to float around the knife's edge of sustainable life? its ridiculous to argue that the biggest threat to the planet's eventual downfall is people when there are so many more gigantic potential factors.
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Serygalacaffeine Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We live in a time in which human evolution races. I don't think that it will really take another hundreds of years until we can build colonys on other planets. Just take a look at what we achieved within the last 50 years :)

I am faithful that we will evolve enough to finally develop ways to preserve nature and ourselves. It is a mandatory step in our intellectual and (if you want to call it that way) spiritual evolution. If we are really that stupid that we dont and extinct ourselves for temporary welth and greed....well, the earth will recover, thats for sure.
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keyheart23 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
I agree with you, we are survivors, it's a reason why we take and take, it's to live, but we sort of took a mile out of the feet we were given.
And for the bottom part of picture, we're laughing at ourselves.
If we do better, we'll buy time, there's no way we can change the Earth as it was before we screwed it up, but we can buy time.
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Vladislav-Salata Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Well... Your statement is partly correct, but we still need resources to flee.
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MsIndieRock Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student General Artist
That is so true. So many people forget that Humans are animals too. And animals kill and abuse other animals to survive. And absolutely all animals take all they can to make life easier for only their species. Evolution gave humans advantages in intellect and we used all of that knowledge to create a world for humans by humans. The after affects being pollution. But we're not killing the earth with pollution, we're killing ourselves. The Earth can heal, but we can become extinct. No offense but at this point we should be doing all of the above to save the polar bears, but REALLY to ultimately save ourselves in the long run. That should be the real message here.

Just an opinion.
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