Companies should be held liable for their own pollution


What is pollution? Pollution is "to make impure and to contaminate with man made waste." as defined by Webster dictionary. Pollution is the introduction of harmful substances or products into the environment. It is a major problem in North America and as well as the world. Pollution not only damages the environment, but also damages our vital life sustaining needs such as the water we drink. Pollution problems have arisen in all industrialized areas as well as in various inland and coastal waters. Everyone at one time or another has probably heard the phrase "every dollar counts". In fact, this is very true to big business corporations and companies because they make every dollar count even if it pollutes the water which, organisms depend on. Pollution is an obvious problem in our world today. Therefore, it is extremely important that we take action by making companies pay for their own mess, because soon there will be serious consequences that we may face in the future which, might lead to our extinction on earth.


The greatest source of pollution lies in the companies that produce toxic wastes such as power-plants. Although not common, companies have been known to dump their waste products into streams, lakes, and rivers. This may seem like a relatively small occurrence, however it arises an immense problem that threatens the life of all living things. Mutations, destroyed ecosystems, and human death have all occurred as a direct result of illegal dumping. When a company dumps their waste in our lakes, it contaminates our drinking water and soil. The consequence of this is that it kills all the vegetation and prevents it from every growing back for a very long time. Due to the lack of vegetation and clean water it also causes entire communities of humans including animals to move on to new places and not to return for at least a century. A century is may seem too long for a lake to recover, however the pollutants dumped by the industries are so concentrated that a single barrel can destroy an entire lake's ecosystem.


In addition, even non-toxic pollution such as hot water dumped in the lakes by companies can create a substantial level of impact on all organisms in the lake and essentially kills all life forms. This is a direct result of the fact that when hot water is dumped in lake, it kills most of the life forms immediately by denaturing their enzymes as soon as they come into contact. The aftermath of this creates a chain of reaction to take place that eventually destroys entire ecosystems. The initial step is that hot water promotes the overgrowth of algae that covers the surface of the lake, which blocks the sun light from reaching the bottom. Therefore, even if some organisms did survived the initial problem they would still die from hunger, since plant life cannot grow, which mean the small bacteria and other microorganisms can't grow. Therefore by eliminating even one microorganism from the food chain, it causes lack of food, organisms such as fish and other larger animals will starve to death, which result in the disappearance of the entire ecosystem.


Thus, life on earth is very fragile and it is extremely important that we should all realize the fragility of life by examining all the factors that affect it. An excellent way to start would be the maintenance of our clean drinking water and keeping our fresh water in our lakes pollution free. During the past 40 years most of our lakes and rivers have gotten very toxic and lifeless as a result of pollutants created and dumped by companies. The reason for this is that we live in a very capital driven country and companies would do anything to minimize their cost for disposing waste and lakes and ponds seem to be the answer for them. However, we cannot afford this to happen and therefore it up to us, the public to make stricter laws against illegal dumping, and make all companies liable for their own pollution. In addition we must also make all those companies to clean up all their wastes out of our lakes and rivers that they have left for us to