… Scientists warn of a potentially deadly combination of factors. These include climate change, mass loss of species, topsoil erosion, forest felling and acidifying oceans.
This is just a small part of the new report published by the IPPR called: “THIS IS A CRISIS FACING UP TO THE AGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL BREAKDOWN.”
I was scared with the title, but the content is even more scary. Below are some facts related to this breakdown:
- Global vertebrate populations have fallen by 60% since the 1970s
- Topsoil is now being lost 10 to 40 times faster than it is being replenished by natural processes, and, since the mid-20th century, 30% of the world’s arable land has become unproductive due to erosion
- A quarter of CO2 emissions dissolve in the oceans, making the water more acidic and damaging marine organisms and ecosystems.
- By 2050 – together with climate change – land degradation is predicted to reduce crop yields by an average of 10% globally and up to 50% in some regions.
Some of the effects are terrible and they will affect you and me, increasing levels of malnutrition and starvation and driving conflict and displacement… Your country could be the next one!
Also, as we all are aware pollution increases health problems. We all know someone with cancer or asthma… it is becoming “normal”, but it shouldn’t be normal. You can be the next one!
We have two options then;
- Start saving money to go to space or;
- Die trying to save this planet.
Constantly reading about how we are failing to future generations makes me feel frustrated and hopeless. But rarely we learn from other people’s mistakes and even sometimes we don’t learn from our own mistakes and we ended repeating them, so what can we do to save future generations and ourselves?
Our daily actions should have a purpose bigger than our own individual needs. That is how the changes needed to survive in this planet will happen.
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