Earth Day 2017
A day in the life of our Planet, the only place where we can live until now. New generations also have a right to live on our beautiful planet. We really should take better care of our environment as it belongs to all of us.
1. How about turning off all the electrical devices at night? Unplug, do not leave it on standby. When you are not in a room do not leave the light on. Dishwashers and washing machines wait till they are full or at least put them on a savings program. Some companies offer cheaper night energy.
Like that some 44 million metric tons of carbon pollution would not reach our atmosphere. This data refers to the US only, just imagine if the whole world would do the same.
Too many People?
2. Are we overpopulating the world? As the population increases, our waste production increases and fauna and flora are suffering the consequences. Nowadays microplastic is found in salt, we are doing these stupid things.
In the more wealthy countries, people use more resources and also create more waste per capita, while in less developed countries the population is growing more rapidly. We need to find a way to recycle or reuse our waste products. Organic waste can be composted, plastics need to be recycled, and metals need to be collected re-smelted.
But how does one pay for recycling in East Africa where tons of flip-flops are washing ashore each day? More needs to be invested globally to realistically create a balance to the cost of the cleanup.
Luckily innovative ideas of recycling appear. Building houses with empty PET bottles is a good example.
Intense sea traffic and the risk of oil spills
3. It seems that those big container vessels that sail the 7 seas, some 5,000 every day, are one of the biggest pollution sources. Not only do they consume high sulfur fuels, but they are not regulated like other types of transportation. We hear all about the big accidents and spills but what about the so-called “ small “ spills that go unnoticed and unreported?
Extinction of fish species
4. You have probably heard of overfishing. Nowadays laws are stricter to what, when and how much one is allowed to fish. Certain species which were nearly extinct have recovered.
Still, there is an alarming statistic. Many unwanted animals which cannot be sold or are not even allowed to be fished are getting caught in the big fish nets.
The conservation group Oceana tells that about 40 % of the total world catch is unintentional but of course once caught, it hardly has a chance of surviving, Those dolphins, seabirds, and turtles only find a sad ending. Also abandoned fishing nets plus all the waste which is floating in the oceans form a big hazard to marine life.
Unwanted Microbeads in wastewater
5. Most people brush their teeth at least a couple of times a day. But we do not think about what ingredients are in the toothpaste and also the fact that it ends up in the wastewater.
Nowadays many brands have microbeads made of plastic in their products and these microbeads are not biodegradable. It seems that each day in the U.S. some 8 trillion of these beads are flushed to the sewers where they go untreated. That volume is enough to coat some 300 tennis courts.
These microbeads are consumed by marine creatures even plankton. The World Economic Forum has warned that at this rate by the year 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.
The chemicals which are used in personal care products also end up in the wastewater.
Water rights for everybody
6. You might have heard more than once that future wars will be fought over water. The people that have good water out of a tap hardly ever think that in sub-Saharan Africa some 1 billion people do not have this privilege and have to walk many miles each day to fetch the daily ration.
Some 63% of the people have no piped water, something which is taken for granted in the Western world. When you use water do not misuse it. There is no need to stand for 15 minutes under the shower, a few minutes will do. A leaking toilet or water tap can mean a loss of more than half a cubic meter per 24 hours.
There are many things which are wrong in our world and which need an urgent solution.
These are some excerpts from a very impressive article on CNN on the Earth day. One should read it as we have no time to lose not even a day. Here is the link: Life Supported produced by EcoSolutions
Source: The many publications on Earth day and CNN
Photo source: Pixabay
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