Nature has seen many environmental disasters, and it’s sad to say that most of them are due to human activities. These have caused the destruction of habitats and the lives of thousands of humans and unsuspecting wildlife. If you don’t act now, you might not be able to give the future generations a clean and livable planet.
Need something to convince you? Here are some of the worst environmental disasters that happened in the past:
Minamata Disease in Japan – In 1959, Chisso Corporation started dumping mercury in the sea, which caused the poisoning of many people and animals living within the vicinity. Unfortunately, the corporation did not stop until 1968. The side effects of this disaster were paralysis, birth defects and about 2,000 deaths.
Bhopal Disaster in India – In 1984, a toxic cloud of methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas escaped from Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL), a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India. It spread for two nights throughout the city. The cause of this is human error and the disregard for safety violations. An estimated 15,000 people died, while those who survived suffered from memory loss, nerve damage, blindness, and organ failure.
BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico – The oil rig of the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 10, 2010 and sank in the ocean, causing a massive oil leak. Reports from the U.S. government stated that the spilt oil was around 4.2 million barrels, which makes it the largest marine oil spill in history. About 11 people died due to the explosion, but thousands of birds, sea turtles, dolphins and other marine animals died because of the spill.
These disasters left a valuable lesson and have caused changes in the way companies are handling hazardous materials. Today, there are more stringent laws and regulations when it comes to chemicals. Safework Australia, for example, has listed some guidelines on their website for everybody to access.
Many private companies are also offering equipment and tools, such as chemical spill kits, to avoid these deadly disasters from happening again. The laws are now stricter, but if companies carrying hazardous materials are ready and have chemical spill kits with them, they can avoid greater disasters.
It’s important to take care of our planet. As our population is growing, it may not be able to sustain us if it cannot restore itself. Make a change and start with your workplace.