“We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to”
These simple yet powerful words quoted by Terri Swearingen have a deep meaning hidden considering the sad state our mother Earth is in currently. Gone were the days when the mere sight of blue skies used to fill us with joy, the blades of grass springing in the fields would move us and the simple things of nature would rejoice our souls making us feel alive. The 21st century we are living in, mirrors a harsh reality of global warming and drastic climate change along with pollution levels and ecological deprivation taking a serious beating. Humans possess the potential to irreversibly damage the environment and its valuable resources and the effect is clearly evident on the harmful damage done to water, air, plants and animals and soil.
Our Earth’s ecosystem faces a deep scar together with an imbalance in the ecological system because of the enormous discarding of nuclear, toxic and biomedical waste. Global Warming, quite a common term these days and a repercussion of deforestation and the presence of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels hold the potential to negatively impact climate change on a huge scale. It’s the ultra-violet radiation resulting from air pollution and stratospheric ozone depletion that has caused our worldwide rainforests and wild forests to wipe out completely from the face of the planet.
The second major cause of ruing the planet’s ecosystem is the pollution of groundwater, lakes, and rivers that have additionally restricted potable water supply. Rivers carry a massive amount of eroded soil together with industrial, municipal and agricultural waste into the seas. This has affected the marine life and fisheries that have already started showing the signs of crumpling down.
Next, to get affected is soil productivity which is on the decline further decreasing the world’s per capita food production, courtesy disparaging agricultural and animal husbandry practices. Believing the latest records, almost ten percent of the earth’s fertile land has been destroyed, an area bigger than combined India and China.
Statistics further state that one-third of the topsoil used for harvesting grains feeding much of the world’s population has been washed away. Overgrazing of domestic animals, over-cultivation and deforestation together have negatively impacted over 35% of the total earth’s land surface.
There’s no seconding the idea that mankind has so far worsened the state of our planet for personal benefits but just like two sides of the coin, there is a segment of people who are working day and night to better the deteriorating condition giving a ray of hope and make us believe it’s never too late. Let’s take a look at some of the works or campaigns run by people just like us who have taken an initiative to make Earth livable once again.
A forest that started off with planting a tree
Jadav Payeng from India has been doing his bit for 40 years towards safeguarding the planet by planting a tree every single day. Result? What used to be a landscape destroyed by erosion is now a sprawling 1,360 acres of forest land and is also home to hundreds of reptiles, rhinos, elephants, and birds. According to him, it’s the nature that inspires him and he plans on planting a tree till he lives.
Search Online and Help Search Engine Plant a Tree
A search engine Ecosia has been planting a tree and facilitate you to be a part of the tree plantation drive. With the ad money, they receive on every 50 searches, Ecosia plants a tree. So far this ingenious search engine has planted 60,120,906 trees and the number is increasing every second. When contacted, the founders of this search engine chose to plant trees over other environmental campaigns since they believe planting trees have many more benefits to the environment like fight climate change, help transform barren lands into fertile, resurrect water cycles and also help generate economic stability.
Mexico’s Single-Use Avocado Seeds based Cutlery
BioFase, a Mexican company has designed single-use cutlery and straws that are biodegradable in 240 days. Mexico being the world’s 50% avocado supplier, it has an abundance of avocado seeds that were normally burned in the landfill. BioFase came up with a resourceful plan of putting these seeds to use by creating cutlery and thus eliminating plastic waste from the planet.
Using a Net for Controlling Pollution
Kwinana, Australia in the year 2018 installed two drainage nets for collecting the trash that was earlier picked by hand. Better than it was expected, the nets turned out to be more useful by collecting approximately 815lbs (370kgs) trash in the time frame of four months. This process has turned out to be one of the best approaches towards controlling plastic pollution and thus reducing the side effects caused to our planet.
Brewery Creating Six-Pack Rings for Avoiding Plastic Pollution
In Florida, Saltwater Brewery has created a genius way to control plastic pollution and that is by making six pack biodegradable rings. The best part about this concept is that these rings are absolutely safe for even animals to consume since they are made from barley and white ribbons. The inspiration behind this great idea is to replace plastic rings that damage our environment and animals and instead designed from E6PR, compostable materials, and by-product waste.
Turning Old Electronics into Olympic Medals
Japan, the hosts of the Olympic and Paralympic games 2020 will be giving the Olympians medals recycled from the trash. The brilliant idea has come from the environmental conscious Medal Project that would be using scrap metal for manufacturing the prizes. To support the effort, the citizens of Japan have been donating their non-usable electronics.
A Clean Up System for Removing 90% Plastic from Ocean by 2040
The Ocean Cleanup, an initiative founded in 2013 aims at finding solutions for cleaning out plastic out of the oceans. To initiate the process, the non-profit organization had created a 600- meter long coastline right in the middle of the ocean for capturing the plastic with the help of natural oceanic forces. The organization in the time period of the next five years plans on cleaning out 50% of ocean plastic and thus removing 90% by the year 2040.
Howsoever good the image or initiatives are, there is no doubt that we are saturating Earth with its potential to provide us with food, water, absorbing waste and energy. Before the significant global systems are destroyed beyond repair, it is highly imperative for us all to realize the danger we as developed and developing nations are together posing and how together we can help resuscitate our Mother Earth.