It’s not a secret that our Mother Earth is in trouble and, well, humanity is pretty much the cause of it. Yet this is not something you’d be hearing much about in the news – Internet is a more likely source of all the-end-is-near stuff. It’s easy to get a panic attack when surfing the web, because the information always spreads fast and is hard to cover up. The truth of our modern lives is this: Amazon forests are burning, bees are dying, oceans are getting more and more polluted as we speak, Greenland is losing ice, and we’re facing a climate crisis of horrifying proportions. If you think things aren’t that bad yet, here’s a quick list of 7 global problems that are destroying the Earth right now.
Oceans are being killed
Most of us don’t realize the level of damage done to the vast amount of water that covers 70% of our planet and is responsible for supporting life and, yes, creating oxygen for each and everyone one of us to breathe. Millions of tons of plastic that are being deposited into the ocean every year don’t go anywhere – they sink deep into the ocean, contaminating its very heart. We are fishing too much, destroying the gentle ecosystems, and causing global warming, which messes up intricate food chains and even ocean currents!
Forests are dying
This is not big news, really, but we rarely imagine the scale of forest loss that’s been going on for years now. Between 1990 and 2016 we’ve lost roughly 1.3 million square kilometres of forest – that’s the size of South Africa! 17% of the Amazonian forest is already gone and more is burning as we speak. Climate improvement is impossible without forests! Yet trees are being cut for various urban and industrial reasons – from construction to producing palm oil and cattle ranching. Throw in some natural causes like wildfires and we are in danger of losing forest that are still left.
Megafauna is vanishing
Bengal tiger, Western gorilla, black rhino – these are just a few examples of endangered species whose habitat and population were being destroyed by humans for various purposes. Whether it’s for food, meat, leather, ivory, clothing, medicine, or simply to protect themselves – humans are killing these and many more species for their own benefit.