28 Apr The Earth Matters
Earth is our only home. We depend on it for EVERYTHING — the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink. Even our very existence and that of the future generations’ rely on how we take care of our planet. Before you continue reading, can you give this Indian proverb some thought?
“We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children”
I would really appreciate it if you could write your thoughts in your journal.
Done? Ok, let’s move on.
‘And then we wept’: Scientists Say 93 Percent of the Great Barrier Reef Now Bleached
This is the headline of an article published in Washington Post last April 20, 2016. And it is very alarming. We are facing a lot of environmental challenges: climate change, dependence on fossil fuels, pollution, etc. But for the sake of this post, I’ll just focus on climate change and how it is drastically changing the face of the Great Barrier Reef.
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system. It is the home to thousands of marine animals including many endangered or vulnerable species. A survey by Australia’s National Coral Bleaching Task Force showed that 93 percent of the corals in the area has bleaching on them. Prof. Terry Hughes tweeted the map below showing the extent of the damage.
Coral bleaching is the expulsion of algae living in the tissues of corals, causing them to turn completely white. One of the primary culprits of coral bleaching is warmer water temperature. Severe bleaching could cause coral death which could lead to catastrophic consequences.
There already have been reports of widespread coral bleaching worldwide especially around the Pacific Atoll of Kiribati this year.
And that’s just climate change. We still have pollution, deforestation, industrialization and a host of anthropogenic activities to consider.
3 Reasons Why Our Environment Matters So Much
Aside from the fact that this planet is our only home, here are three reasons why our environment matters so much.
1. Food Chain
We rely on the food chain for our survival. The sun provides light for plants to thrive and plants are consumed by animals who are in turn eaten by other animals or humans. Or perhaps used for producing other products like clothing, medicine, etc. Abusing the environment disturbs the natural balance of the food chain, creating dire consequences for those who depend on it.
2. Threat of Environmental Degradation
The deterioration of the environment threatens our planet’s natural water resources, food supply and fossil fuels for energy. Remember that most of these resources are non-renewable. Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.
3. Natural Beauty
Earth is beautiful. And we are so lucky to be given the chance to watch its sunrise, swim its crystal clear waters and climb its lush green hills.
Aren’t they worth saving?
The Earth is Hiring: Join the Fight Against Climate Change
Our planet is changing right before our eyes. And there’s no need for us to wait for politicians to come up with a solution. Below are some people and organizations who in their own way, created a movement to save Mother Earth.
1. Erin Schrode
At 13 years old, Erin founded a small organization in her neighbourhood which has grown into an international movement. Now at 24, she leads Erin’s Turning Green, a student-led movement promoting youth leadership and eco-lifestyle whose presence can be felt across 21 countries.
2. Alliance for Climate Education
The Alliance for Climate Education educates high school students about global warming. Since 2009, they have taught 1.5 million students across more than 2,000 schools.
3. Rossano Ercolini
Rossano Ercolini is a fourth-grade teacher who advocates against incinerators. Together with his students, Rossano challenged the entire community of Capannori, Italy to manage their waste. And yes, the little village of Capannori became the first zero-waste town in Europe thanks to his efforts!
Scientists believe that we can reverse the harmful effects of environment degradation. But there’s not enough manpower to make it happen. It’s never too late. Come, join the revolution and help save Mother Earth today!