We are overproducing so many things. That means making more than we need. We need to reduce the amount we consume so we can ease up the pressure on Earth’s resources. Consume doesn’t always mean eat, it also means everything that we buy or use.
Experts estimate that we each breathe 20 000L of air a day. So the more polluted the air is, the more dangerous chemicals we breathe into our lungs. That’s a scary thought.
Animals aren’t the only ones in danger. Climate change and the invasion of alien plant species threaten our treasured flora (plants and trees), like our very unique fynbos which only grows in parts of the Western Cape.
Scientists are worried because climate is changing faster than ever before. Climate means the temperatures, rainfall and other weather conditions across a large part of land, or region, over a long time. Climate change causes floods and other natural disasters.
All the rubbish collected from every house in the world has to go somewhere. Landfills are enormous patches of land where it all gets dumped … and they are bursting full of junk. Imagine all that rubbish just rotting into the ground. Gross!
It might gush out of the tap at bath time, but water is like an endangered species. We’re running out of it quickly.
Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, tsunamis, wildfires, avalanches and blizzards are all natural disasters. Scientists say that in the last 20 years, these have been happening more frequently because of global warming, which is increasing the temperature of the oceans and leading to more intense storms.