We've all heard about the serious environmental issues facing the world today. These issues can feel a bit of overwhelming, maybe even devastating. The Bentall Kennedy Residential Services team wants to help you take action. Here are the 5 biggest environmental concerns in our world today, and what you can do about them.
1. CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change is probably the primary environmental concern facing humanity today. It will take a coordinated effort from world governments to tackle this issue head on, but every individual can also do their part. Reducing your personal energy consumption is a good place to start. Drive less, take public transit when and where possible, and turn off unnecessary lights. Making little changes like this everyday makes a positive impact. You can take it a step further and reduce your carbon footprint with carbon offsets.
Our air, land and water are all susceptible to pollution. You can contribute to a cleaner world by reducing environmental toxins like mercury when you choose mercury-free products such as digital thermometers and LED light bulbs. Reduce waste that winds up in landfill, and choose products with recyclable/less packaging.
Forests are essential to a healthy planet as they absorb CO2 and release oxygen. Deforestation is estimated to account for 15 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions. Around 17 percent of the Amazon rainforest has been destroyed in the last 50 years to make way for cattle ranching. Cattle also produce methane gas that contributes to climate change. Try supporting groups such as Rainforest Alliance, using cloth bags instead of paper, and washable cloths instead of paper towels.
4. WATER SCARCITY
Earth may be more than 70% water, but only 3% is fresh water. More than 1 billion people don't have access to clean drinking water. Drought is a real concern, even in a water-rich country like Canada. Do your part by taking shorter showers, turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, and use eco-friendly products that don't pollute groundwater.
5. SOIL EROSION
Soil erosion from unsustainable agriculture has resulted in half of Earth's topsoil being lost in the last 150 years. You can combat soil erosion by eating less meat and supporting sustainable agriculture.
Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the state of the planet, you can choose to take action! It won't hurt you, or anyone else, to try.