With the constant onslaught of environmental issues, sometimes it’s hard to know which ones are the most vital to know about.
Not every story is as important as the media likes to make them out to be, so it’s crucial we learn to differentiate between hype and fact. The latest and greatest “green” product, in my opinion, isn’t all that important nor helpful; it may actually be quite the opposite.
But yet we are always being sold that this whatever can help solve the climate crisis.
Trust me when I say that no reusable water bottle or washable napkin will solve the major issues of our time. Sure, they’re great, but they aren’t the solution nor are they all that important. We need to keep our eyes and ears open so we can be receptive to the real environmental issues that need our attention. The following seven should be our top priority:
Everything, and I do mean everything, will be affected by climate change. Warming temperatures, cooling temperatures, rising sea levels, massive storms, droughts and floods, food supplies – you name it, climate change is going to affect it. While it is probably way too late to actually stop the climate from changing, our only goal at this point should be to slow it down a bit. Once the climate goes, we go. Period.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a way oil and gas companies get at natural gas stuck in fissures and rocks deep in the earth. The results are a toxic mess and can even leave towns with water that catches on fire… if they are left with any water at all. If a company comes to your town and wants to start fracking, do everything and anything you can to stop them. Please. Here’s where fracking has been banned already. If they can do it, so can you.
The majority of the 80,000+ toxic chemicals we humans use around the world have never been tested for their safety – and some of them are even used in our food and clothing. Why we continue to allow this to go on is beyond me, as sometimes it seems as though we have a deathwish for the human race. I understand the role chemicals can play in our life, even sometimes for good, but the least we could do is to test these things before we start ingesting them. We should be demanding this from our elected officials. You can check out these 11 documentary films about toxic chemicals for more (scary) information.
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