Our planet is poised at the brink of environmental issues. Current environmental issues expose us to tragedies and disasters now and in future. The main problem due to which there is a constant increase in these issues is the lack of awareness us people have today. To be honest, if we don’t realize and act to better this cataclysmic situation today, the chances of survival for our future generation will became very slim.
According to a survey the rate with which our ecological footprint (the impact of a person on the environment) is increasing by 2050 humans would need 2.5 earths to live sustainably.
Planetary issues arise due to Pollution of air, soil and water. These renewable recourses need a long period of time to recoup. Industry and motor vehicle exhaust are the number one pollutants. In case of water and soil there is runoff of contaminated water into various water bodies and infiltration of industrial waste that destroys soil.
Then we have Global warming, leads to rising temperatures of the oceans and the earth’ surface causing melting of polar ice caps, rise in sea levels and also unnatural patterns of precipitation such as flash floods, excessive snow or desertification.
Further, Overpopulation: The population of the planet is reaching unsustainable levels as it faces shortage of resources like water, fuel and food. Population explosion in less developed and developing countries is straining the already scarce resources.
And lastly Natural Resource Depletion: Fossil fuel consumption results in emission of Greenhouse gases, which is responsible for global warming and climate change.
Overall these issues arise due to the simple reason that we take more from earth compared to what we give it back and eventually if it keeps going on like this and we don’t take into account the environmental cost of our activities the world will eventually die.
By: Arisha Mujtaba
Content writer, LSNB.
(The author of this article a BBA student Majoring in Finance and environmental policy 2nd year at Lahore School of Economics from section E)