Our world today is plagued by many environmental issues. According to the NRDC, climate change is the top issue we're currently facing. Extreme high temperatures, drought, and terrible storms are the earth's way of telling us we're facing pollution issues like never before. Here are some of the current top environmental issues, and what you can do to help our world recover:
1. Climate Change:
Carbon pollution is a key contributor to global warming. If we transition to sources of clean energy like electric cars rather than fossil fuels, we can greatly reduce the effects human beings have had on climate change.
2. Protecting Our Oceans:
Overfishing and pollution have caused a lot of destruction to our oceans and depletion of resource productivity. You can help resolve this issue by choosing to buy responsibly caught seafood. Make sure you purchase sustainably raised fish and stick to seafood from the U.S. While not perfect, the U.S. tends to have better fishing practices than many other countries.
3. Saving Wildlife:
Wild animals are disappearing before our eyes. Species like bison used to roam the plains of North America in the millions. Now, only a few dozen remain. To help save bison and other animals, the key is sharing the land. There is enough room for us to build houses and buildings, and also enough room for animals to run free, if we play fair.
4. Developing Sustainable Communities:
Our population is growing and our resources are running out. In 25 years there will be 70 million more people living in the U.S. than there are today. In order for us all to survive we need to make sure our neighborhoods are sustainable, with public transportation and biking options. Our cities need to have efficient waste management practices and access to parks. You can help achieve a future like this by supporting these approaches in your everyday life. Bike or take public transit to work, and make sure you always compost and recycle!
If you want to try and reduce your environmental impact right now, take our Zero Waste Challenge on Tuesday April 14th! Could you go just 24 hours without producing any trash?
Tweet us a picture of how much trash you end up with at the end of the challenge to @SeekerNetwork and use the hashtag #zerowaste. For every photo we receive, we'll donate $1 to Keep America Beautiful, a leading national nonprofit that provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people reduce waste and litter, recycle right, and protect the natural areas in which we live.
Don't forget to watch our episode of Going Off Grid about Lauren Singer, a young New York woman who lives a zero waste lifestyle and has only produced a single jar of trash in two years.