1) A clean environment is essential for healthy living
The more you don’t care about our environment, the more it will become polluted with contaminants and toxins that have a harmful impact on our health. Air pollution can cause respiratory diseases and cancer, among other problems and diseases. Water pollution can lead to typhoid, diarrheal diseases, and other waterborne/water-related diseases.
Although we have treatment systems and other mechanisms to take care of some of these issues, you never know what faults may occur. Air sustains us and water is a basic necessity, so we should just do what we can to prevent pollution.
“When the earth is sick and polluted, human health is impossible…. To heal ourselves we must heal our planet, and to heal our planet we must heal ourselves.” – Bobby McLeod (Aboriginal Activist & Poet)
2) The overall temperature of Earth’s atmosphere is increasing
Global warming is causing climate patterns to change. Yes, climate change is real and we (us humans) are largely responsible because our activities have released large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Yes, small changes in the average temperature can lead to frequent occurrences of dangerous weather patterns and devastating storms, so “for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. Yes, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods—all are now more frequent and intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence.
3) Your great-great & great-great-great grandchildren will appreciate it
Unless you have some superpower that I am unaware of, you are not going to live forever. So, what type of world do you want to leave for your future family? If you know the dangers that future generations will face due to the problems we have now, why wouldn’t you make sacrifices and do something to prevent them from happening?
4) Biodiversity is important
Biodiversity refers to the variety of plants, animals, and other living things in our world. It can be negatively influenced by habitat loss and degradation due to human activity, climate change, and pollution, among other things.
We have many of the basic necessities that we need to survive because of biodiversity. We need food that various species provide to eat, water to drink, air to breathe, and materials to provide shelter and other necessities. There are many natural processes that have been formed by various species to provide these necessities. If something happens to a certain organism, an unwanted chain reaction may occur and that may negatively affect us. Loss of biodiversity could also cause other problems.
The greater the diversity of life, the greater the opportunity for various discoveries that could make our world a much better place, so let’s do what we can to prevent the loss of biodiversity.
5) It’s a reflection of your character
One of my life mottos is, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Nature gives us so many things for free – clean air, clean water, beautiful landscapes, breathtaking views, and the list goes on… We take so much from nature, but what do we give in return? Pollution?
The least we can do is show our appreciation by protecting and preserving our environment.
“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” – Mahatma Gandhi (Indian civil rights activist)
6) Earth is our home
It’s where we live, so we better take care of it! Would you rather live in a polluted dump?
“Out of all those millions and millions of planets floating around there in space, this is our planet, this is our little one, so we just got to be aware of it and take care of it.” – Paul McCartney (English musician)
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