The Kyoto Protocol is probably one of the greatest achievements in the struggle of mankind with environmental pollution. It doesn’t however solve all the environmental problems but it does give us an insight into a direction of developing the technological progress to do less harm to nature. The contemporary world has shaped its life in technology and we can not go back. All we do is more or less harmful for the natural surroundings and scientists are alarmed with the changes of climate and the global warming and a number of other things directly caused by the activity of the mankind. We are within an ace of self-destruction as we slowly ruin our fragile planet which is our home. We finally must wake up to save what we have. For if we want to enjoy the treasures of nature and marvel at the landscapes in all their splendor and breathing the fresh air we must act. Here I recall a fragment of the famous poem by William Wordsworth:
am I still
A lover of the meadows and the woods,
And mountains; and of all that we behold
From this green earth; of all the mighty world…
Have you ever had a chance to see the Northern Lights? Isn’t it a breathtaking sight? But few people think about the essence of this wonderful phenomenon. It is the ozone layer of our planet keeping all the harmful space radiation away from the surface of the Earth to save human beings and all living creatures. However the ozone layer is getting thinner and thinner as a result of the enormous release of harmful substances like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. There are huge ozone holes over the Antarctica that leave large areas of land unprotected from cosmic rays. This is the result of the constant emissions of the poisonous gases such as carbon dioxide into the air. It accumulates in the ozone layer.