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Our environment is crucial for the very sustenance of life on Earth. When we damage our environment with reckless human activities and human-made waste and greenhouse gas emissions, it leads to severe environmental issues for our planet. However, many of us aren’t giving heed to the troubles caused to the environment, which are going to be a massive problem for generations to come.
Due to the high levels of pollution, there’s an alarming increase in environmental issues in the last few decades laying the way for the depletion of natural resources and in turn a biodiversity loss. Let’s take a close look at the environmental issues and understand why it’s high time to address them.
n a recent report by the United Nations’ World Meteorological Order (WMO), it’s found that the world is already 1.1 degrees Celsius warmer than it was during its pre-industrial years. Every single increase in the degree of heat of our Earth is a direct indicator of the level of global warming and carbon footprint.
Based on our current emission levels, the report mentions that the planet will warm by an estimated 4 to 5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century which is going to have a destructive impact on the next generation to come.
1. There’s a 170% risk of more frequent and heavier rainfall, snowfall, and flooding, and a whopping
2. 2.7 billion people around the world will be affected by climate change conditions and heat waves every 5 years,
3. Sea levels will rise by 1.8 feet by 2100, and 4. 18% of insects, 16% of plants, and 8% of vertebrates will be at risk.
With so much due to the temperature rise, it’s high time that we take concrete measures to address the situation and save ourselves and the next generations from the impact of natural disasters.
Global warming is in itself a serious environmental issue. If global warming is left unchecked, then it can impact the air quality at an alarming rate. Here are the environmental issues that we’ll be facing.
We’re already noticing several lung diseases due to the polluted air that we breathe. From the vehicles we drive to the manufacturing of sugar we consume every day, every one of us is contributing to air pollution in one way or the other. As technology develops and innovative ideas come through, there is an even more threat to the increase in air pollution in both developed and developing countries.
Solutions: We can reduce air pollution starting from our homes by minimizing the usage of vehicles and carpooling whenever possible. This will lead to fewer harmful emissions in the air.
If you think only air is being impacted by the impact of reckless of human activities, then the land is no different. While we aren’t directly witnessing the consequences of deforestation, it is one of the underlying reasons for a lot of problems we face today like lack of water, imbalance in biodiversity, extinction of species, imbalanced global food system, lack of fossil fuels, and even air pollution. Due to urbanization, we’re cutting down more trees and occupying forest areas to cope with the rise in population. Due to the lack of vegetation, there is a greater impact of soil erosion. As a result of the urban sprawl and increased levels of pollutants, we’re indirectly damaging the environment and pushing it towards a point beyond which there’s no coming back. Climate change is not a condition, but a result of overdoing our reckless activities and lack of inclination toward preserving our renewable energy sources.
Solution: We can try to rebalance deforestation by planting more trees in our surroundings and staying away from wooden products. When there will be more trees, there will be a balance between carbon dioxide and oxygen levels, which is required for leading a quality life on planet Earth.
The water we drink is so polluted, especially in developing countries, that it has become one of the top causes of many life-threatening diseases. As we dump lots of chemicals into the water sources like seas, rivers, lakes, and oceans, it is leading to the harmful acid rain. We’re contaminating the prime source of consumption of all animals, birds, and humans. Furthermore, as per the available satellite data, the dumping of plastics in the ocean has ghastly impacted the marine life and in turn became the major cause for the death of many aquatic lives.
Solution: It is said that charity begins from home. We can start from our home by saying ‘no’ to chemical pesticides for our home gardening and switch to natural substances. We should also inculcate the habit of safe waste disposal and waste management and be cautious about dumping plastic substances in our toilets and sewage that can threaten aquatic life. Only such efforts can prevent acid rain from happening.
Ozone layer depletion has become a major talk of this era. The depletion of the ozone layer is the main cause of the rise in skin cancer all around the world. This depletion is also a direct contributor to the increase in the temperature of the Earth. So what causes ozone depletion? Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and halons are commonly found in aerosol spray cans and refrigerants. These UV rays are also responsible for causing immune-related disorders and affecting agricultural productivity.
Solution: We can limit the use of items in our household that generate CFCs and halons for conservation of the environment.
Due to all of the above reasons, we’re noticing a sharp rise in the extinction of several species of plants, animals, birds, insects and other organisms. With each of these species playing a role in balancing the sustenance on Earth, this loss of biodiversity is creating a huge imbalance that further takes on a chain reaction. This disruption in the food chain and plant life threatens our ecosystem and can affect the main source of food and medicines.
Solution: While we, as normal human beings, cannot do anything directly to impact biodiversity, we can change our lives to make sure that we’re minimizing all of the previous four environmental concerns that impact the ecosystem.
The fate of our planet and our future generations is in our hands. If we’re acting fast and taking a step to preserve our environment, then we would not be facing serious consequences that affect our lives in many ways in the years to come.
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