Contrary to popular belief, humans are actually not the only living things on this planet. And we are not the only one’s who are struggling. Forests are home to more than 80 percent of all terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. As of 2008, land degradation affected 1.5 billion people globally. 74 per cent of the poor are directly affected by land degradation globally. Of the 8,300 animal breeds known, 8 per cent are extinct and 22 per cent are at risk of extinction. These facts, as displayed by the website of the UN, should be one thing first and foremost – concerning.
Earth is an incredible place full of living things and we should be thankful for that. No matter where you are, whether it’s deep inside a jungle or in the centre of a big metropolitan city, there are living things hiding everywhere. Unfortunately, due to various reasons, some of these living things are in danger of being wiped out, which in some cases has already happened. We think that because people can create civilizations, we rule the planet and it is our place. But we share this planet with all living beings, and just because they can’t talk doesn’t mean that they are less than us.
We all know that the environment isn’t in the best state right now. However, this is something that is not as evident in first world countries, which is why so much damage is made there. We don’t depend so much on how well crops do because they are not close to us. We don’t really see food shortages because our supermarkets are always stocked. But that doesn’t mean that these problems don’t exist and it also doesn’t mean that these issues will never reach us! As you hopefully know, food is not in fact engineered in a lab (well most of it isn’t). Food grows on crops and is farmed and if all of those places fall victim to desertification or biodegradation, then guess what? Our supermarkets won’t be so full of food anymore. So really, just because the immediate effects of such tragedies aren’t visible to us, it is still a problem and it is still the responsibility of everyone to try and help.
“We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all.” – Wangari Maathai
We have to help and make sure that our planet has a future, because without it, we don’t have one either!