THE ENVIRONMENT NEEDS TO BE CARED FOR!

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On the news, you can always find an article about the environment. Probably nobody takes their time to read it. But we should. Our Earth is screaming to us, telling us to take care of it. Why don't we? Is it because we don't care or is it because we are always so busy with other things that you don't think about that crisp packet you may have thrown on the floor? Or that sweet packet you dropped? The world needs to be taken care of. We won't survive on a world where fires are happening or where the air is being polluted. All these issues contribute towards ruining the weather all over the world. Here are some ways that we are stopping good weather bless us.

  • Every day, 27,000 trees are cut down just to make toilet paper!
  • If we recycled just one newspaper, we could save 75,000 trees that are spreading oxygen to our lungs.
  • If you throw a plastic bag into the ocean, it will take 20 years to fully decompose, a bottle takes 450 years and a fishing line takes 600 years. In all that time imagine how many sea animals may eat these items!
  • 50,000 species of animals in our beautiful forests become extinct every year. That's around 137 species per day!#
  • 100 acres of rainforests are cut down per minute.
  • Landfills are composed of 35% packaging materials.

These are just a few of the facts that we should reflect on. If we don't, our weather isn't going to be enjoyable. We need to become more eco-friendly in order to save what's still left of Earth. Australia's bushfires caused it to look orange from space and we still don't care about that? Carbon dioxide from our cars, buses and other modes of transport are also afeecting the weather. We need to start caring now!

All facts found from:

https://www.theworldcounts.com/stories/amazing_environmental_facts.

(The 3rd fact was found from Google if you search up how long it takes for a plasti bag to decompose.)

Comments (37)

  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
    22 Apr 2020

    Thanks for your post! It's great you've researched some facts and given your sources.

    I'm going to use some healthy scepticism to question one of the facts you gave: recycling one newspaper saves 75,000 trees. This sounds rather a lot of trees to me. Could you explain it and double check your source?

    You've made the link between environmental damage and extreme weather, can you explain this further?

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    1. The Sherwood School excited_pineapple | The Sherwood School
      Tiff @ the BNC's comment 23 Apr 2020

      If we keep on enlarging our carbon footprint, for example, the weather will continue to worsen because the greenhouse gases around us will trap too much heat. This will cause ice caps to melt and the polar regions will also begin to melt, which turns into water and as there is so much snow, it will cause flooding. When it is summer in the UK, we turn towards the sun and we are right under a hole where there is no ozone layer. It will be too dangerous to live in this environment as we will be extremely hot.

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      1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
        excited_pineapple's comment 23 Apr 2020

        Can you give some examples of when people have had to move countires due to climate change?

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        1. global-conversation.png proactive_agency | Achimota Basic School | Ghana
          Olivia @ the BNC's comment 23 Apr 2020

          An example happened in Mozambique, on the 14th of March 2019 when a tropical cyclone idai struck the southeast coast of Mozambique. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees reported that 1.8 million people needed assistance. 146,000 people were internally displaced, and Mozambique scrambled to house them in 155 temporary sites. The cyclone and subsequent flooding damaged, 100,000 homes, destroyed 1 million acres of crops, and demolished 1 billion dollar worth of infrastructures.
          On historic storm in one place over the course of the day. While cyclone idai was the worst storm in Mozambique's history, the world is looking towards the future where these unpredicted storms are commonly placed. This global challenge has and will continue to create a multitude of critical issues that the international community must confront, including;
          1. Increased frequency and severity of disease outbreaks.
          2. Increased US boarder stress due to the severe effects of climate.
          3. Intensifying intra and inter state competition for food, water and other resources particularly in Middle East and North Africa.
          4. There is also large scale migration: this is due to resource scarcity, increased frequency of extreme weather events, and other factors, particularly in the developing countries on the earth's low latitudinal band.

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          1. tom Tom @ the BNC
            proactive_agency's comment 24 Apr 2020

            You've included lots of facts and figures to support your points. Can you tell us where you found your information?

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    2. global-conversation.png proactive_agency | Achimota Basic School | Ghana
      Tiff @ the BNC's comment 23 Apr 2020

      Environmental damage and extreme weather are linked together. I say this with the reason that when global warmings happen quickly, weather events would happen more often, it will become more intense and severe and may last longer. Whenever this happens extreme weather can cause to the person illness, deaths and damage properties. To the environment it damages the crops as well as the habitat of animals and to the social environment (government), it can damage the economy

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  • global-conversation.png creative_spring | Riis Presbyterian Model School | Ghana
    22 Apr 2020

    Caring for our environment is one of the basic responsibly of every individual. The environment in which we live needs to be made safe for human survival. There are several ways we can care for our environment. Some includes: practicing afforestation, avoiding bush burning and etc

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  • global-conversation.png openminded_seed | Mwangaza Secondary School | Kenya
    22 Apr 2020

    We should greatly care obout our environment. These severe extreme weather is just caused by our own tiny activities concerning our environment. Like improper disposal of garbages , realising untreated seawages.Extreme weather should be control from the small thing we do and we shall overcome this phenomenons.

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      openminded_seed's comment 22 Apr 2020

      Extreme weather has always existed so we can't say it is only caused by human acitvity, but we can look at how our actions make it worse. Can you find any historical mentions of extreme weather from hundereds of years ago?

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  • global-conversation.png fantastic_recipe | Donholm Primary School | Kenya
    22 Apr 2020

    we should care our environment because to avoid run off water to carry fertile soil and also practice afforestation.

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    1. global-conversation.png dazzling_bee | St Paul's Primary School | Kenya
      fantastic_recipe's comment 23 Apr 2020

      yes that we can do but some people will just ignore that
      ask me why people can ignore that

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  • avatar.jpg EXPERT: Dimitri Selwood, Analyst @ KPMG
    22 Apr 2020

    That's a really interesting point on how there are different ways of caring for the environment. You gave a few examples, can you think of any more? Also, what real life examples can you find of these?

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    1. The Sherwood School excited_pineapple | The Sherwood School
      Dimitri Selwood, Analyst @ KPMG's comment 23 Apr 2020

      To reduce our carbon footprint and care for the environment, we can:
      Turn off the tap while brushing our teeth.
      Don't use too much water when showering.
      Find other ways to commute e.g. cycling or walking.
      Turn off lights and other devices when you are not in the room.
      Don't use too much heating.
      Throw your rubbish into the bin.
      Don't waste food as it goes to landfill.
      Try to reduce the amount of plastic you use.
      If we all work together, as one big communal world, we can reduce pollution and eventually stop climate change and other environmental issues.

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  • global-conversation.png delightful_snow | Donholm Primary School | Kenya
    22 Apr 2020

    Caring for our environment is very important. If environment is not cared it would be a very dirty world.

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  • global-conversation.png congenial_journalist | Donholm Primary School | Kenya
    22 Apr 2020

    It is very important to care of our environment .by having environment day cleaning which everybody must participate in collecting plastic bags and empty bottles around the sea to avoid thedeath of animals living in the water and avoid the water to bece dirty.We should also recycle news paper to make tissues to avoid cutting down of trees which provide oxygen to our lungs,.also trees attract rainfall.planting more trees to conserve soil erosion.

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  • global-conversation.png ethical_conversation | Irene Secondary School | Kenya
    23 Apr 2020

    Environment is the surroundings of living things,it should be cared for.
    Environment is the most important thing in a given place.
    We should not pollute the environment anyhowly this causes alot of discomfort in the environment.
    The best place you can keep clean is the environment to avoid destroying the natural look of the environment.
    Environment is the best if people care for it
    Avoid pollution of gases industries it destroys the environment , should be cared for and kept clean allover the world

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    1. eliotcohen.jpg EXPERT: Eliot Cohen, Trainee, banking and finance @ Clifford Chance
      ethical_conversation's comment 23 Apr 2020

      Can you think of alternatives to the gas industry that won't pollute the environment? What are some examples of clean energy?

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      1. global-conversation.png ethical_conversation | Irene Secondary School | Kenya
        Eliot Cohen, Trainee, banking and finance @ Clifford Chance's comment 23 Apr 2020

        Yes they're examples of clean energy we have the two types of energy,
        Thermal energy
        Mechanical energy
        Thermal energy from the sun's heat .
        Mechanical energy from the motion of tides and waves.
        Wind energy,hydropower,biomass energy and solar energy .
        Which are examples of the clean energy
        Thanks for reading

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        1. eliotcohen.jpg EXPERT: Eliot Cohen, Trainee, banking and finance @ Clifford Chance
          ethical_conversation's comment 23 Apr 2020

          Thank you - you have provided an extensive list!

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      2. global-conversation.png proactive_agency | Achimota Basic School | Ghana
        Eliot Cohen, Trainee, banking and finance @ Clifford Chance's comment 23 Apr 2020

        Clean energy is also known as renewable energy. Clean energy is energy produced through means that do not pollute the atmosphere. Some examples of clean energy are solar energy, wind energy, hydropower, geothermal energy, biomass.

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  • global-conversation.png honest_sea | Sacred Heart School | Ghana
    23 Apr 2020

    Yes it should.
    The can be cared for through the following :
    1. By afforestation(planting of trees where there are none)
    2.Re afforestion(planting trees to replace cut down ones).
    3.Not littering around.
    4. We should not use chemicals for fishing. eg, DBT.
    5.Avoid burning of bushes because the smoke causes Greenhouse effect.

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  • global-conversation.png amazing_deer | Rev Father Lemmens Basic School | Ghana
    23 Apr 2020

    The environment must be cared because when we keep the environment well clean no body will fall sick especially those who don't keep their house back clean.

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  • Hammond School logo radical_koala | Hammond Junior School F
    24 Apr 2020

    As much as I think the environment needs to be cared for weather can't be changed. The weather has it's own life choices and if he chooses destruction then so be it. But we can still recycle. There are so many ways to save the environment that to save our world everyone needs to take action and fast. It is predicted that by October 2021 there will be nothing else we can do because climate change would of beaten us to it.
    Thank you for listening,
    radical_koala

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  • global-conversation.png proactive_agency | Achimota Basic School | Ghana
    24 Apr 2020

    I found from my research on google.

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  • global-conversation.png caring_sheep | Lejonströmsskolan school | Sweden
    24 Apr 2020

    i rely like you post and it is rely inportant to post this

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  • global-conversation.png honest_sea | Sacred Heart School | Ghana
    05 May 2020

    In Ghana the prospect of a clean Accra the capital city of Ghana is not immpossible .However the chances of seeing Accra as the cleanest city in Africa may be daunting if not wishful.This is not because we do not have what it takes to make Accra or Ghana clean;it is also not because are efforts are insufficient. It is simple because we,as a country ,have not applied ourselves to the intractable sanitation quest with honesty and dedication.
    For the most part ,our efforts have been reactive ,short term and haphazard. We failed to give serious attention to the importance of unravelling the complexity of the sanitation challenge and to adduce logical and transformative solutions.
    We have, thus became exeperts only at repackaging old and failed solutions as new strategies.
    So,we transitioned from National Sanitation Day to National Sanitation Campaign and under the attention grabbing tagline Let's Clean Ghana.
    Certainly ,we need to clean Ghana and most Ghanaians are ready and willing to clean .

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  • The Sherwood School excited_pineapple | The Sherwood School
    05 May 2020

    Thanks everyone for the comments, it's so interesting to hear all about where you live. Thanks guys. :)

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      excited_pineapple's comment 06 May 2020

      Hi excited_pineapple ,

      How has hearing other people's experiences helped you form an opinion on this topic?

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  • The Sherwood School excited_pineapple | The Sherwood School
    08 May 2020

    Hi Tiff,
    Hearing other people's experiences has helped me form an opinion because now I know that this isn't an issue in specific parts of the world, it is a global issue. Additionally, I know about how people react to these issues. Many don't really care but some really do want to take action. If we don't take action, bad things will happen to the world including forms of extreme weather and they will be much worse. How many times should cities have to rebuild everything after a tsunami or an earthquake? Eventually, everyone will be sick and tired so we will just give up. These things will keep happening until it comes to a point that the world has been wiped out by extreme weather. Where will we go? Nowhere, because there is no Planet B. I recommend watching Geostorm. It is a movie about extreme weather and different countries chip in with creating a company called Dutch Boy. The workers of Dutch Boy can control the weather and make their own artificial forms of weather. It is a really good film and I think that it really shows what the world could end up as if we don't look after it. We don't need to make our own artificial weather if we look after our Earth.
    excited_pineapple.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      excited_pineapple's comment 11 May 2020

      There are some parts of the world where they are creating domes within which the weather can be controlled. Do you think this is a good idea?

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      1. The Sherwood School excited_pineapple | The Sherwood School
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 11 May 2020

        I don't think it's a good idea as it could end up damaging our Earth even more. For example, a virus could hack into the domes and cause something really bad to happen if nobody finds out about it. If nobody finds out about it, all the data could potentially go to a hacker or it could all be lost. Hackers could then easily find a way to put a different virus into the domes and the dome may be destructed. Additionally, the weather may become out of control and the workers might not be able to handle it. This could be examples of the weather becoming too hot or cold or too much rain or too little. This would be dangerous for everyone as people could die from hyper or hypothermia and if the rain is too much, floods will occur. My last point as to why it is not a good idea is that these domes will still be causing pollution. The electricity causes pollution and the artificial weather is also a literal form of pollution.

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        1. tom Tom @ the BNC
          excited_pineapple's comment 11 May 2020

          What kind of virus are you talking about here - a physical one, or a computer one?

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  • global-conversation.png invigorated_chicken | Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girl's School, Elelenwo | Nigeria
    13 May 2020

    Nice post please can you give some ways we and the government can take care of our environment

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    1. The Sherwood School excited_pineapple | The Sherwood School
      invigorated_chicken's comment 14 May 2020

      To reduce our carbon footprint and care for the environment, we can:
      Turn off the tap while brushing our teeth.
      Don't use too much water when showering.
      Find other ways to commute e.g. cycling or walking.
      Turn off lights and other devices when you are not in the room.
      Don't use too much heating.
      Throw your rubbish into the bin.
      Don't waste food as it goes to landfill.
      Try to reduce the amount of plastic you use.
      If we all work together, as one big communal world, we can reduce pollution and eventually stop climate change and other environmental issues.

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