If you have closely observed what is happening to the Earth over the past decade and a half, week in and week out, you may take a dark view of the future.
People are not looking after the environment.
The Earth is under threat as it has never been before. From the activities of a world population which doubled from three to six billion in four short decades and will probably increase by three billion more. These activities are now wiping out ecosystems and species across the world. •
The forests are chain sawed
The oceans are strip mined of their fish
The rivers are ever more polluted
The farmland is rendered sterile and
The farmland insects and wild flowers and many of the birds have gone.
The vanishing species are alarming. In South Africa last year, 668 rhinos were illegally killed for their horn. The thrashing of the natural world is a global concern along with another great threat, climate change. This is a great threat to the biosphere, the thin envelope of life surrounding the Earth, which supports us all.
People are doing this. It is not natural disasters like an earthquake or a volcanic eruption. Man seems to be the Earth’s problem child. We humans are the only species capable of destroying our own homes. Even the smallest human actions initiate environmental change.
Taking care of the Earth may sound complicated, but there are many simple steps that each of us can take to reduce our impact on the planet. •
Keep your neighborhood clean. If you see trash on the ground, pick it up and throw it in a trash can. •
Recycle cans, bottles and paper. We have the facility at the school for recycling. •
Help save water. Don’t leave the water running while you brush your teeth. •
Help save energy. Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Turn off the TV when you are finished watching it.
The Earth is not only the common heritage of all humankind but also the ultimate source of life. How we respond to this challenge will...
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