Mother Earth has looked after us for all these years, but today she is facing various issues. She is not safe anymore, and our environment is in danger. There are so many threats caused by humans that damage the ecosystem and ruin this planet’s balance. Though these threats might not seem very serious, they will eventually cause critical calamities to this world.
Let us now see the top five immediate concerns of our environment:
1. CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change is one of those serious issues the world is facing today in almost all continents. It is the primary concern we need to shower our thoughts upon and take necessary actions to change its phase. Be it earthquakes or Tsunami or tornados, all of them are caused due to changes in the climate. Recent floods in Chennai or those in Uttarakhand are the results of climatic change caused due to massive pollution levels and deforestation. The standard of the oceans is increasing year by year due to these climatic changes, and it is a warning to us about the aftermath. The year 2015 has been the hottest year which yielded very high temperatures in the entire world. We must immediately take actions towards preventing these climatic changes by controlling all forms of pollution.
We all know that oceans cover the major part of our planet Earth. But do you know that even these oceans are in danger? Yes, you read it right. Our oceans are not safe anymore. Ever gave a single thought about the number of oil spills that occur in the oceans every year? These spills cause substantial pollution of the ocean water, thus making the lives of the people who depend on the oceans for their livelihoods as fishermen and coral collectors miserable. We must be more careful and put a stop to these oil spills.
3. LAND CONSERVATION
With the increasing population and increasing demands of the people for high living standards, we are rapidly moving towards urbanization. As a result, all the earlier lands used for forestation are being transformed into areas for a living and are being deforested. This deforestation leads to unconventional rainfall patterns, both scarce and extreme. Deforestation also leads to landslides at a very high rate, resulting in massive animal and plant life loss.
4. WASTE MANAGEMENT
With the advent of new and ever-growing technologies, the amount of chemicals involved in their production is also increasing. These waste products directly affect the environment are also very difficult to manage. Most plastics do not decompose and accumulate in the river beds, ocean bottoms, and underground, leading to severe land, air, and water pollution. The management of such waste disposal has to be concentrated upon with considerable attention.
5. EXTINCTION OF SPECIES
The changes in the environment are a warning sign to us about the different plant and animal species that are getting endangered every day, which might eventually lead to their extinction. There are already so many plants and animal species that have gone extinct because of human-created pollution. Many other species are on the edge of becoming extinct. It’s our duty to help prevent this extinction and protect our planet in every way possible.
One man alone cannot do much to save the planet, but our combined efforts will surely prevent the degradation of Mother Earth!