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Planet Earth is our home!

Environment conservation is one of the hottest topics of 2021. Especially in Sri Lanka with the latest marine crisis has opened the eyes of many to the realistic after-effects of the fisheries industry killing marine life as well as adversely impacting mangroves in the long term due to pellets and chemicals that were released into the ocean with the sinking ship.

Over time man’s behavior and impact on the environment when utilizing its resources has slowly changed the environment giving rise to the effects of pollution that we are seeing at present day by day. The environment is our home, planet earth is our own. Therefore, protecting it is an obligation and our duty. It cannot be done by a single person; it has to be done together as one.

This article will guide you through several topics related to the environment,

  1. The current world statistics related to the environment
  2. The status in Sri Lanka
  3. What can be done as individuals and as a community

The world we live in today

Environmental pollution occurs in many domains; air, water, land, radioactive, thermal, light and sound pollution. Each of these different entities has its own inherent effects on the environment. As of now, the statistics as to where we are heading are alarming.  It is speculated that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by the year 2050. The great Pacific garbage patch Is a large garbage collection, mainly plastic that sits in the ocean between Hawaii and California.  It covers an area of more than 600,000 mi.² in diameter. Some may even call it an island of floating trash. This has been responsible for killing marine life affecting seabirds and marine mammals as well as many other species. This is just one example.

Pollution of air that breathes life into all forms of beings including humans, has led to indirect adverse effects. Because these effects are indirect, individuals may not pay much attention to this. It has been shown that air pollution leads to death from respiratory and other diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, stroke, childhood cancers, asthma, etc. It is alarming to say that because of air pollution 800 people die every hour. Likewise, pollution of the environment is a real-time problem that we are facing and that needs sustainable solutions to save the lives of humans as well as animals.

What about Sri Lanka?

Environmental pollution has been a hot topic over the past few days and years. Deforestation and marine pollution being at the top. Sri Lanka has lost an average of 26,800 hectares of forest cover in the years between 1990 and 2000. After 2005 the rate of deforestation has further accelerated. By 2019, the forest cover of Sri Lanka was reported to be merely 16.5% which was a decrease from 29.7% in 2017. The effects of deforestation can range from climate change, desertification, flooding, increase in greenhouse gases, etc.

What can we do?

The million-dollar question is how can we, as individuals and as a society, address these issues that pose a threat to life on earth. Protecting the planet starts with you. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Use these 3 R’s in your daily work. Conserve resources. You can start at home by simply not letting the water from your tap run-off unnecessary, using cloth bags instead of polythene when shopping. Small things like that may seem uneventful, but in accumulation, it will be an immense contribution.

Volunteer to save the planet and work with the community to clean up the environment. Educate yourself, your family and your friends about the devastating effects of pollution in the environment and what can be done together as well as individually to protect the environment.

Plant trees in your home garden or in community areas. Trees give up life. They clean the air that we breathe and protect us. Businesses can start going green. This will definitely attract customers and be a means for profit in the long run.

Planet Earth is our home. Environment issues need to be addressed NOW. Small contributions from us can help make the environment a better and safer place. Together one by one we can save planet earth. Carekleen is passionate about the environment and we ourselves are making improvements day by day to protect our environment.

Sources:

https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/ocean/earthday.html

https://www.wwf.org.au/news/blogs/how-can-we-destroy-the-great-pacific-garbage-patch

https://thediplomat.com/2020/10/fighting-deforestation-in-sri-lanka/

https://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-faces-worst-ever-beach-pollution-from-burning-ship/a-57712086

https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/ocean/earthday.html

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