There are now fewer mountain gorillas in the wild than footballers in the Premier League of UK soccer.
Earth Day celebrated its 45th anniversary and has been a trending topic across the globe and more than one billion people take part each year. Although it is credited with launching the current green movement, many experts around the world say we still face many problems.
Here are some of the top reasons people are campaigning for environmental issues in 2015.
These people include the poorest on Earth.
Meat and dairy farming creates almost a fifth of the gases that lead to climate change. This is more than the emissions from all the world’s planes, cars and lorries put together.
Scientist blame factors such as logging, pollution, industrial agriculture and over-fishing on current rapid extinction rates of the plants and animals. There are now fewer mountain gorillas in the wild than footballers in the Premier League of UK soccer.
The Great Barrier Reef is under threat from Australia’s coal boom and have already suffered because of things like oceans becoming more acidic and increasing in temperature. Around half the coral has been destroyed in the last few decades.
The gradual disappearance of ice at the poles is having profound consequences for people, animals and plants in the polar regions, as well as around the world, through sea level rise.
Industrial waste and poor sanitation are making this scarce resource even more difficult to find and the UN has warned that the world will be plunged into a water crisis that could be crippling for hot, dry countries.
Half of the world’s population, about 3.5 billion people, do not have access to proper waste management facilities, which can lead to significant environmental hazards.
Open dumping, the most prevalent waste disposal method in many countries, can lead to acute health impacts for those living closest to dumping sites, most often the urban poor.
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