The most pertinent issue in the modern world is the state in which we are leaving the planet we live on and the damage we’re doing to it. Since the Industrial Revolution, the vast need to grow, to harvest, to exploit, for economic and social gain has resulted in the world being left in a terrible state. No thought has been paid to sustainability or the future of the world.
As a result, the greenhouse effect caused by CO2 emissions is choking the planet and warming it up, tens thousands of the world’s most iconic species of animals are on the brink of extinction, and an area of forest the same size as New York City is being chopped down every two days.
In fact, the latter problem is worsening the former. As we’ve deforested vast areas to make paper, to ranch cattle, and to expand towns and cities, we’ve lost millions of acres of forests and trees – with 15 billion trees being removed every year – it has become more and more difficult to limit and reduce the effects of global warming.
You see, as part of photosynthesis, plants, including trees, absorb Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere to create glucose, which is a vital part of respiration. As a by-product of this process, oxygen is released into the atmosphere. So, in summary, plants reduce the amount of harmful Carbon Dioxide in the air, and increase the amount of vital oxygen, helping to fight global warming.
But as we’ve exploited the Earth and destroyed forests and jungles, there have been less plants to take part in this vital process, making matters even worse – but as a global society we are heavily reliant on trees and the use of wooded areas. It’s a bid situation. This graphic contains some interesting and terrifying information about the scale of the problem, so that you can be fully informed about what we are doing to our planet.
Hopefully this will spur you to take some action: call your local representatives, get out campaigning and protesting, and maybe stand for office yourself. Anything you can do will be greatly appreciated by our planet, and by the next generation, whose life chances are being eradicated every day that we carry on down this path!