While it’s tempting to turn a blind eye to the swiftly declining state of the environment out of fear, understanding the looming threats is pivotal in mitigating climate change. Once you identify the dangers that lie ahead, you can make a plan with actionable steps towards environmental sustainability.
Read on for an overview of the seven more pressing threats facing the planet and its finite resources.
Wind and water erosions are mighty forces capable of stripping the soil’s nutrients and structural integrity. Unfortunately, land degradation can make development nearly impossible, damaging existing crops, structures, and water quality of nearby rivers and creeks.
The good news is it’s possible to lessen the impact of erosion by engaging in land management efforts. Experts often employ erosion control technology like stabilizing blankets and mulch to keep soil viable.
Air pollution is difficult for most people to overlook because of its immediate health effects, clogging sinuses and damaging lungs with every smog-ridden day. Between cars puffing out toxins, plants emitting impurities, and urban cities radiating light pollution, the tanking air quality is no surprise.
Companies and individuals alike will need to shift away from burning fossil fuels to counteract the constant emission of pollutants into the breathable air and ozone.
As human populations increase worldwide, a push for livable land has led to unsustainable efforts, like deforestation. Though clearing trees has benefits when appropriately implemented, destroying natural forests without thought can lead to erosion, flooding, and increased greenhouse gases. Not to mention the severe impact deforestation efforts have on indigenous communities worldwide.
Fortunately, many are leaning towards a promising recourse: Bamboo— a strong, lightweight, and fast-growing alternative to wood.
The overall trend of rising temperatures upsets delicate ecosystems which depend on cooler temperatures, making it harder for plants, animals, and humans to find food and survive. Climate change also contributes to rising sea levels that threaten to flood coastal areas and eliminate substantial landmass.
Though the most significant changes need to be on the corporate level, you can make your home more sustainable by incorporating environmentally-friendly habits. By turning off unused electronics, switching to energy-efficient light bulbs, and growing your food, you can mitigate the harmful effects of local climate change.
Though you may be tired of hearing lectures on recycling, properly disposing of materials can reduce landfill pollutants and save precious resources. Depending on your local laws and materials, you can even make money from recycling or simply donate unused goods.
For example, as a small business owner or entrepreneur, you might consider donating your business’s e-waste to a school or other organization that could use older technology.
The ocean’s ecosystems are sensitive to slight changes in pH, which means the increase in acidity leaves the marine plant and animal life at high risk. Ocean acidification is another large-scale issue caused by polluted air and the large quantities of plastic waste in the ocean. With the help of clean-up efforts, you can make a difference by recycling materials, cutting back plastic use, and conserving water.
Before you go
The earth is home to several delicate ecosystems. Even the slightest imbalance can threaten the environment and create unlivable living conditions for plants, animals, and humans alike. Luckily, there is still time to address pressing threats and take steps toward a more sustainable future.