By Bradley Nakayama
The environmental problems like global warming, acid rain, air pollution, urban sprawl, waste disposal, ozone layer depletion, water pollution, climate change and many more affect every human, animal, and nation on this planet. The environment as we know is dying or is slowly being destroyed. Environmental problems statistics are terrible because at the rate we are going, we would need 1 ½ earths to sustain our lifestyle, by 2030 we will need 2 earths. Every year, an estimated 2.2 billion tons of waste is dumped in our oceans. Because of all this, our planet is dying and we need to stop all of this and fix what we did wrong. We have the resources to help this earth because we only have one and there is nowhere else we can live.
What we can do to fix this earth is simple but we don’t bother doing it. Instead of using fossil fuel we can use solar, wind, and hydropower which would help our planet in a big way, but we don’t bother. All we care about is fuel and war. Why don’t we stop all of this and fix all of this? According to conserve-energy-future, “Over the last few decades, the exploitation of our planet and degradation of our environment have gone up at an alarming rate. As our actions have been not in favor of protecting this planet, we have seen natural disasters striking us more often in the form of flash floods, tsunamis and cyclones.” According to national geographic deforestation, “At least 15 percent of greenhouse gas emissions don’t come from cars or factories — they come from deforestation. By 2030, we may only have 10 percent of the rainforests left – the rest have been cut down for wood or wood pulp products, or cleared for agricultural uses. In addition to this, more than 70 percent of the planet’s plant and animal species live in forests. Species lose their habitat. Ecosystems die out. Climate change continues. There are fewer trees to produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. It’s all due to deforestation. Lumber and land are leading reasons people cut down forests, but no idea is good enough if it means someday there won’t be any forests left. Deforestation has many side effects people don’t realize.”
According to national geographic overpopulation is an issue. Their site states, “We have more than seven billion people on the planet right now – and that number is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, and 11.2 billion by 2100. While that might not sound like a bad thing, we live on a planet that can only support roughly 10 billion souls, which means we’re less than a century away from overpopulation becoming a serious and even life-threatening problem. As the world’s population rises, the amount of resources available for survival decreases. In fact, the population has grown to an unsustainable level.” Due to all of this animals are losing their homes because we are the main cause of deforestation, air, and water pollution. The people always need to know about how the future is going to be better but with all of the facts this world might not live for much longer if we keep doing what we are doing right now. This is not the world we want are future kids growing up in, so well we still have time let's fix our earth and make it better to live on.