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Earth is an incredible planet.
It's our responsibility to respect and care for this beautiful place
we get to call home. Unfortunately, Earth hasn't been shown enough
love and climate change is very real.
Earth Day is a global movement
for our planet. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth
Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in
The theme of Earth Day 2017 is environmental and climate literacy.
Without education, we have no power. This Earth Day the Earth Day
Network is encouraging you to gather with your community and attend an
environmental and climate literacy teach-in.
Each year, millions of you amplify the need for change. Year after
year, the movement gets bigger and better. This Saturday we hope no different.
Here are 10 reasons why you should care about Earth Day. Get involved
in the day for one of the most important causes - Earth.
1. Beautiful countries like Greenland are currently
disintegrating. If global warming continues cities and even continents
could be under water in the near future.
2. With more carbon dioxide becoming trapped in our
atmosphere, breathing air may become harder, making humans more prone
to respiratory diseases.
3. The severe heat waves we've been experiencing will
continue and potentially get worse. Heat-related deaths could rise by
150,000 between 2000-2100.
4. Our seasons could become longer or shorter. Global
warming has caused Spring to occur 10 days sooner than previous years.
5. Our stunning coral reefs are suffering due
to global warming and pollution. They have experienced the worst
bleaching with the highest dying records since 1980.
6. We're losing our fascinating creatures, with more
than 1 million species becoming extinct due to dissolved habitats and
ecosystems acidic oceans.
7. Our agriculture could be impacted as temperatures
rise and crops find survival difficult. This may result in problems
for the food processing industry and our economy.
8. If you live by the coast your home or life could
be at risk as our sea levels continue to rise. The last 100 years has
witnessed sea levels rise more than the past 2000 years combined.
9. With more carbon dioxide in our air and increased
temperatures, global warming is encouraging more frequent wildfires,
putting our people and planet in serious danger.
10. If global warming progresses, our population
could decrease by a massive 75%. Causes of death could be linked to
increased severity of natural disasters such as wildfires,
earthquakes, floods and storms. Not to mention the risk of starvation,
air-related illnesses, and poverty.
These are terrifying facts. Nonetheless, they are real facts. If each
of us as individuals don't take immediate action, it will be extremely
difficult to prevent our earth from collapsing as a result of global warming.
It's never our style at here TAFE NSW to start the weekend off on a
negative note. However, to influence positive action towards change,
something needs to be done.
On that note, have a fantastic weekend everyone! :)
Facts courtesy of CEF.