Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Top 7 Worst Environmental Problems

Some days there is good news and other days there is bad news. In the face of bad news, please remember that all of us are in this together and that collectively we can change bad into good.

Earth First has a great article about 7 environmental problems that are worse than we thought. I know that we are always hearing about the problems of the world and that many of these problems get a lot of press, but they need to be taken seriously now more than ever. There are many things each and every one of us can do to stop the destruction of our natural resources. The 7 problems are:

7. Mammal extinction - One in four mammals are threatened with extinction. What? This hits very close to home because I am a mammal. Pugs are not threatened with extinction yet, but you just never know what the future holds. The passenger pigeon was once the most numerous bird in the United States with billions of birds flying through the skies every day. Almost one hundred years ago the last passenger pigeon died. It took less than a generation to kill all of the passenger pigeons, so please don't let history ever repeat itself with animal extinctions.

6. The ocean dead zones - There are ocean dead zones all over the globe. Some people use the oceans as their personal dumping zone and that is a huge problem, but the dead zones could literally mean the death of everything we know (and even things we don't know) in the oceans. Most people don't even realize what causes the dead zones. We are all responsible for the cause of them but we can stop continue loss.

5. Collapsing fish stock - Many people around the globe depend on fish for part of their diet. Fish caught sustainably is one thing, but most fish that is caught is caught in the most destructive of ways. Long lines, nets, senseless killing, bycatch, etc., the list just goes on and on. The only really solution to this problem is to stop eating fish. Period. As I've said before, please leave my little ocean buddies alone.

4. Destruction of the rain forest - We hear about this problem on a daily basis, but what effect does it have on us? There is not enough space on this post for me to list everything as there are so many things that the rain forest gives us, both directly and indirectly. Some people believe that life on Earth will end when all the rain forests are gone. This is serious business.

3. Polar sea ice loss - The ice is melting faster than predicted and it is not slowing down. We are not just talking about polar bears (who are mammals) and other animals that depend on the polar seas for their food, but this problem affects everyone on Earth. If sea levels rise just a little, entire populations will be displaced. There are actions we can take to stop this loss, but we must act fast.

2. CO2 levels in the atmosphere - This is something that really affects most of the problems listed above. Rising CO2 levels are responsible for most of the destruction that we see each day. Many people are taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint, so thank you and keep up the good work. The rest of the world needs to be educated about steps they can take to ensure that things don't get any worse than they currently are, so please spread the word.

1. Population explosion - Some say that this is the biggest environmental problem of all. The numbers simply do not lie. When you read about the 6.5 billion humans that walk this planet, you realize that Earth does not have enough resource for all these people. This population explosion must slow down so that we can change our practices to ensure that there will be an Earth for future generations. I know there are people who feel that this is not a problem in the U.S. but like I've said before, we are all in this together.

Please read the full article at http://earthfirst.com/7-environmental-problems-that-are-worse-than-we-thought/ and look for ways that you can be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

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