Over the last few decades, our human footprint on the environment has become increasingly devastating. Climate change, an increase in greenhouse gases, a depletion of natural resources, mounting waste dumps and chemically polluted air and water are just some of the tell-tale signs of the disrespect shown by many industries and individuals towards the environment.
We abuse the environment in many ways: factories pumping toxic gasses into the air and waste into waterways; unsustainable industry practices that deplete natural resources without replacing anything in return; individuals wasting natural resources through ignorance or indifference; a waste-generating, energy-dependent lifestyle that is adding to growing landfill sites and carbon emissions into the atmosphere. The list is endless.
To fight environmental deterioration and abuse, we should all consider what we take from or deposit into the environment. We should ask ourselves what are the effects. How can I adapt my actions to support, rather than disturb the balances in nature? How can I conserve rather than deplete Earth's natural resources?
Common Environmental Issues
- Human overpopulation — Biocapacity climate change
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Projections of population growth
Total fertility rate
- Hydrology — Environmental impacts of reservoirs
- Intensive farming — Agricultural subsidy
Environmental effects of meat production
Intensive animal farming
Intensive crop farming
Slash and burn
- Land use — Built environment
Urban heat island
- Natural disasters
- Nuclear issues — Nuclear fallout
Nuclear and radiation accidents
High-level radioactive waste management
- Ocean trash
- Water Pollution