In celebration of Earth Day on Wednesday 22nd last week it's good to take a moment to take stock of where our Earth is at and where it's heading. It can be easy to forget in our brick homes that the Earth is in fact our natural habitat. We are the one species on it actively destroying our own water and food sources, unbalancing the biodiversity, altering the landscape and expelling toxins and gases to such a extreme level as to impact the atmosphere we need to protect us.
We've reached a scary precipice, native species are being wiped out at an alarming rate, deforestation has reduced the worlds rainforests by 60% a vast majority of which has occurred in the last few decades, and our over consumption and waste is clogging up our waterways and building up in unmanageable landfill. Lastly Climate Change is rearing its ugly head in the form of increasing extreme weather and natural disasters.
But there's light at the end of the tunnel, the more we're learning and the more our children are being educated from an early age the more environmental innovators and protectors are making their way into powerful positions.
So let's recap some of the happier moments in environmental movements. Lately we've talked about the increasing number of countries taking renewable energy to the next level, Boyan Slat's ingenious technology to clean up the oceans, and some of the companies leading the way in sustainable and ethical farming and production.
Mother Earth has been putting up with our misbehaviour for a long time, but now its time to think about our actions and our impact on our habitat. And the choices you make at the supermarket, in your homes, on the streets and in the outdoors really do make a difference.
Happy Earth Day!