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The question posed in this week’s written assignment is whether or not there is hope for planet Earth in the twenty-first century. After studying the planet in this course, I can say that the resilience of the planet is not what is truly in question. The real issue is what the fate of humanity is. The twenty-first century has thus far been marked with a resounding wake-up call to the challenges facing humanity and our environment. In 2005 the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment released findings that nearly two-thirds of the ecosystems that sustain human life are diminishing and being used unsustainably. The increasing world population and the demands on resources that ensue are one of the main causes of the erosion of Earth’s ecosystems.. Further, the use of these limited resources by larger populations has negative environmental side-effects such as an increase in pollution including carbon into our atmosphere. Nevertheless, the fate of the environment is not doomed to destruction. With the appropriate amount of responsibility and stewardship on individuals and societies, humans may fi…