Everything we do comes from nature. We must do everything we can to protect it. Below we will break down the small and big changes happening in our world that have a direct effect on your life, and all 7.9 billion people on this planet.
The Earth’s natural resources include air, water, soil, minerals, plants, and animals. Conservation is the practice of caring for these resources so all living things can benefit from them now and in the future.
Everywhere in the world, people are noticing changes in the weather. Compared with the past, weather is elevated in all elements. There are more floods near the world’s major rivers, droughts in Africa, storms in our oceans and North America, heat waves and fires in Asia and all over. Temperatures are higher. Experts say that this is because of changes in the climate.
Why are these changes happening?
The air in the sky, called the atmosphere, is made up of many gases. Some of these are called “greenhouse gases”. These gases trap the heat from the sun in the air keeping Earth warm enough for all life. But if there is too much greenhouse gas, the planet gets too hot. This is happening now.
Air and sea temperatures are rising. Icebergs are melting, and rainfall patterns are changing.
Why is there too much greenhouse gas?
Greenhouse gases are natural. But many modern human activities make extra greenhouse gas. Most warming of the planet is due to a greenhouse gas called carbon dioxide. Engines to run transportation, cars, trucks, planes, and boats create greenhouse gases. Electricity for industries (small/ big), factories (that create anything/ everything) and homes.
Other greenhouse gases are methane and nitrous oxide. Its good to know first that cows and goats make methane when they digest food. Therefore farming animals are a big cause of this release (quite literally).
Methane also comes from burning fossil fuels, mining, agriculture, landfills, waste, peat, and land fires. Nitrous oxide mainly comes from fertilizers and some factories. Greenhouse gases are also released due to the burning of peat and trees… deforestation.
The four commodities of deforestation are beef, soy, palm oil and wood products.
Carbon dioxide is made up of carbon and oxygen. We need oxygen to breathe. Carbon is a major chemical element. It is in all living things and in fossil fuels, such as oil and coal.
Why does deforestation increase greenhouse gases?
Trees take carbon dioxide out of the air. They store the carbon and release the oxygen. This process is called photosynthesis. It makes the air fresh and healthy. When we cut down trees, they can no longer take in carbon dioxide, so there is more carbon dioxide in the air. In addition, when forests are cleared, many trees and other plants are burned, and this releases carbon dioxide.
Picture 1: Our Chief Sustainability Officer and Operation Manager floating on the Amazon River in May 2022, learning about sustainable tourism and the indigenous people of the Amazon. Picture 2: Road in rural India, where cows always have the right-away and are treated like deities. Picture 3: Bicycling the rice fields outside of Hanoi, Vietnam.
What can I do to help?
Respect and protect our green spaces.
Cut back on dairy and meat.
Leave the car at home when ever possible.
Cut back on flying 'This could have been a Zoom.'
Turn off lights and appliances when you don’t need them. Replace light bulbs with LEDs or other low-energy lights.
Avoid single-use items and fast fashion, shop second hand or for quality items that last a long time. Put your purchasing power to good use by choosing brands that align with your new green aspirations.
Be heard! Speak up about this lifestyle and what you believe in!
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