Climate change, ice caps melting, pollution, and garbage everywhere you look. The one thing all of these ghastly problems have in common, is that they’re the issues that are ruining our Earth.
Up until this point, no one ever thought that our reckless decisions would come back to haunt us. Hardly anyone ever thought that it would get this bad, but what we were doing was affecting wildlife and nature. Climate change has been an issue since 1780- over 240 years ago- when corporate and business men built factory after factory, never giving a second thought about what all the smoke would add up to. People never believed that so much pollution would add up and affect us later in life. Now in 2020, scientists believe that if we keep up our actions, we only have another 1 billion years to live. That’s over 300,000 years less than what was expected only 100 years ago. Another thing is what has happened to the ocean and marine life. Of the 260 million tons of plastic in the world, over ten percent ends up in our oceans. That’s over two percent of our ocean covered in plastic. That may not sound like a lot, but that’s over two million miles of our ocean covered in trash. “Over 87% of the world’s oceans are dying,” says global citizen.org.
The worst part of it all, is the toll it has taken on wildlife. Huffposts.com states, “…scientists estimate that 150-200 species of plant, and other forms of life go extinct every 24 hours. This is nearly 1,000 times the natural or background rate, and many biologists say that this is the biggest thing the world has experienced since dinosaur extinction, almost 65 million years ago. Recently, there were 41,415 species on the IUCN Red List, and 16,306 of them are endangered species, threatened with extinction. This number has risen from 16,118 in just the last year. Some of the world’s favorite animals have gone extinct. Over one-third of the population of all tiger species have all gone extinct. Other animals include, leopards, whales, elephants, gorillas, penguins, and sadly, too many more to count.
This devastating uprise of endangered species is unacceptable. We humans are the ones to blame. Building factories causes pollution, being careless about where we throw our trash is ruining our oceans, and the reckless behavior with our Earth all together will lead to our demise. There are still some small things we can do to help. Such as, using reusable water bottles and lunch containers, be mindful of how you use water, watch what you throw away, and use reusable shopping bags.
By: Jyllian Skoda
Photo Credits: https://plasticoceans.org/