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Why Politics Affects The Environment

The environment on Earth is comprised of a network of lifeforms, where the survival of one organism is intricately tied to the health of other organisms. When one species expands its habitat into new regions of earth, this change can displace or otherwise adversely affect the other species that existed in these regions before the new organism “moved in.” All the creatures of the Earth instinctively react to changes in the environment; human beings are one notable exception to this observation.

Individual human beings can use the evolutionary trait of intelligence to alter the normal balance of lifeforms on Earth. This does not absolve human beings from having instincts that affect the environment, but it does mean that intelligence creates a new layer of environmental impact. Collectively speaking, assemblies of humans, or governments, are currently engaged in affecting the web of lifeforms that we call the “environment.” Since politics affects the disposition of governments, and how those governments can and will affect the environment, it is important for all human beings on the planet to voluntarily influence governments to act responsibly when it comes to ensuring a future that includes a healthy environment.

It just happens that Sundance Channel has recently launched a new website all about Politics. If you are interested in seeing how environmental factors are important in politics, then check out a post [www.sundance.tv] from acclaimed environmental author Thomas Kostigen as he talks about the subject of water rights and privatization.


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In his article [www.sundance.tv] on the Sundance Channel Election Website, Mr. Kostigen considers how legislation and political participation can affect the most important resource for life on earth: water. We hope you enjoy Mr. Kostigen’s passion and knowledge on the subject of water. If you like what you read, you can get so much more from Thomas Kostigen’s numerous books on the environment.

P.S. – Try taking sips of water when you read Mr. Kostigen’s article; doing so might make the reading experience extremely visceral.