What's Wrong With the Planet?

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Are we doing enough? I do all that I can to save energy and recycle, and I'm sure you do too. But what about the world leaders?

We need to stop climate change for the sake of our planet and all living organisms. Time is running out before it is too late to turn back the clock. What will it take for world leaders to do more to takle this issue ? There has been a worldwide emergency for coronovirus, why can't the same amount of empashis be put on the climate emergency?Governments clearly have the funding to tackle this issue, but they don't seem to care enough about our future long term. Why won't they do more, I am sure that they can. This would save lives, but not money for them and that is the reason they continue to profit from activities that devasate the planet. For example did you know that the British Government profits off of the illegal palm oil trade? Plus some countries in Asia and Africa poach and slaughter animals. Why should humans have the right to destroy another life for their own enjoyment or money, that's just awful.

I feel people need to understand that to destroy of any one species creates an imbalance in the food chain, meaning it will collapse. All predators and prey will starve within that food chain. Many critically endangered animals, help to keep the planet healthy and the humans on it. Sharks and Orcas monitor the oceans. Vultures eat carcases that are a potent source of disease, the same for hyenas too. Without bees we will have no polinated crops and lead us into a staving world. Yet the government continue to approve the use of harmful pesticides to bees and other critical lifeforms. Why is this even possible? No doubt it's a cheaper alternative. What do you think?

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  • eliotcohen.jpg EXPERT: Eliot Cohen, Trainee, banking and finance @ Clifford Chance
    23 Apr 2020

    Thank you lucky_molecule for your very interesting comment. What do you think governments are prioritising instead of the climate crisis? Can you think of measures being taken to prohibit the palm oil trade?
    How do you and other students think we can effectively educate others about this inaction and create real change?

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  • Mollie MacGinty.jpg EXPERT: Mollie MacGinty, Tax, Pensions & Employment Trainee @ Clifford Chance
    23 Apr 2020

    You have raised many interesting points here lucky_molecule! You mentioned that world leaders may not be doing enough to tackle climate change, can you give examples of steps they could take to help the planet?

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    1. Lyons Hall Primary School lucky_molecule | Lyons Hall Primary School B
      Mollie MacGinty, Tax, Pensions & Employment Trainee @ Clifford Chance's comment 28 Apr 2020

      Thank you for replying. Here are my suggested steps: first most - if not all people - must go vegetarian or cut down on meat. Forests that produce oxygen are being chopped down in order to grow crops for animals bred just to be eaten. Chopping down the forests kill animals that live in there or leaves them homeless #dont do that. Second We know that world leaders are doing all they can for stopping COVID 19 why cant the same amount of effort be put in for global warming. I think its because world leaders are scared of change, and are afraid of losing their power if they make a change people don't like.

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  • global-conversation.png reflective_donkey | Mwangaza Secondary School | Kenya
    23 Apr 2020

    I agree with you...the world is losing control since its leaders are not taking responsibilities as they should...Throughout the human history, animals have been enormously valuable be it as an important source of food,by enabling our migration to otherwise uninhabitable parts of the globe or by helping us maintain healthy and enriched lives.

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  • global-conversation.png reflective_donkey | Mwangaza Secondary School | Kenya
    23 Apr 2020

    I agree with you...the world is losing control since its leaders are not taking responsibilities as they should...Throughout the human history, animals have been enormously valuable be it as an important source of food,by enabling our migration to otherwise uninhabitable parts of the globe or by helping us maintain healthy and enriched lives.

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    1. mollymargiotta.jpg EXPERT: Molly Margiotta, Capital Markets Trainee @ Clifford Chance
      reflective_donkey's comment 27 Apr 2020

      You say that "leaders are not taking responsibilities as they should", what do you think they should be taking responsibility for? What do you think they could be doing to help more?

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

    We must make more efforts to stop oncoming extreme weathers.

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

    very nice written by you here in sweden are the leaders focus on the wrong things like on how we people are gonna build nice houses and that is very bad focus so I really agree with you

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      gutsy_starfruit's comment 24 Apr 2020

      Hi gutsy_starfruit, and welcome to the Hub! It's really vaulauble to share your opinions of how your government is doing. Can you give some evidence to back up your opinion?

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      1. global-conversation.png gutsy_starfruit | Lejonströmsskolan school | Sweden
        Tiff @ the BNC's comment 08 May 2020

        but they don't really cares about us who live in forest they just don't seems too realise us

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

    We need to do somthing NOW!!!!!

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      committed_swan's comment 24 Apr 2020

      What solutions do you think should be championed?

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

    I agree. you just need to see whats hapening underwater, about 90% of all fish stocks are fished to the maximum or already overfished and it's not good! https://www.havet.nu/?d=33

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    1. eliotcohen.jpg EXPERT: Eliot Cohen, Trainee, banking and finance @ Clifford Chance
      helpful_swan's comment 24 Apr 2020

      What sort of things can we do to prevent overfishing and protect the oceans? Did the article you read give any examples?

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      1. global-conversation.png helpful_swan | Lejonströmsskolan school | Sweden
        Eliot Cohen, Trainee, banking and finance @ Clifford Chance's comment 15 May 2020

        You can reduce fishing nets, ban fishing with such large nets and set a limit on how much fish you get to fish so maybe they will be an improvement.

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  • global-conversation.png accurate_radio | Donholm Primary School | Kenya
    24 Apr 2020

    Climate change at this time when Corona virus is wrecking havoc, has been so imminent in many parts of the world especially in Africa. There are many countries in Africa which have been experiencing a lot of rain leading to landslides which has claimed lives of several people. The wrath of floods doesn't stop there it has also disrupted farming activities by a large scale therefore hampering production of food.
    Many countries every year experience drought which is mostly brought about by climate change. People have succumbed to starvation in many parts of Africa. This climate change has mostly been brought about by deforestation which is so rampant in the water catchment areas. People should educated concerning the importance of conserving trees.

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  • global-conversation.png accurate_radio | Donholm Primary School | Kenya
    24 Apr 2020

    1.Cut down on what you throw away. Follow the "R's"to conserve natural resources and landfill space.
    2.Volunteer for cleanups in your community.
    3.When you further your education, you can can help others understand the importance and value of our natural resources.
    4.They less water you use, the less runoff and wastewater that will eventually end up in the ocean.
    5 Learn how to make smart seafood choices at www.fishwatch. watch.
    6.Buy less plastic and bring a reusable shopping bag.
    7.Energy efficient light bulbs reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Also flip the light switch off when you leave the room.
    8.Plant a tree. Trees provide food and oxygen. They help save energy, clean the air and help combat climate change.
    9 Don't send chemicals into our waterways. Choose non-toxic chemicals in the home and office.
    10. Bike more. Drive less.

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

    The solution that can be taken is the government should take climate change seriously and allocate sensible budget to it and also legislate progressive laws to ensure the global efforts on climate change are achieved locally.

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    1. mollymargiotta.jpg EXPERT: Molly Margiotta, Capital Markets Trainee @ Clifford Chance
      ethical_conversation's comment 27 Apr 2020

      Can you think of any kind of things / actions that an allocated budget could be spent on in order to help tackle the impact of climate change?

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      1. global-conversation.png ethical_conversation | Irene Secondary School | Kenya
        Molly Margiotta, Capital Markets Trainee @ Clifford Chance's comment 27 Apr 2020

        Binding frame work to tackle the climate change,when they orgsnise and finance the things together like promotion . and the action is how will they will be able to tackle it.
        Thanks

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  • global-conversation.png content_engineer | Sacred Heart School | Ghana
    26 Apr 2020

    We can also create bands on water bodies for some time to enable pregnant animals to give birth and increase the number of of sea animals and reduce overfishing.

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  • global-conversation.png awesome_robin | Sacred Heart School | Ghana
    27 Apr 2020

    I agree with everything but if we are going to stop the world from distraction, we must stop pollution

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  • global-conversation.png clever_perspective | St Stephen's College Preparatory School | Hong Kong
    27 Apr 2020

    I feel that humans are very selfish. Every thing have it’s amount and life. I we ignore it it will be gone forever, and that is when it is too late to go back. We have to cherish things that we have.

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  • global-conversation.png reflective_donkey | Mwangaza Secondary School | Kenya
    27 Apr 2020

    When voting for this leaders,we always have expectations from them...that is...improvement on maybe infrastructure... We expect them to utilise government resources to help make the world a better place...but instead...they use it for personal beneficial and development... At this time of the year..that has just been proved right...leaders know that they have all the money they want and they needn't struggle for any...so...when they get sick,they instantly travel abroad for treatment... But what about the others?...people are dying of sickness just because the treatment of a country is not good enough...and they dont afford the money to take flights for treatment...so I'd appreciate if they start there...improve treatment of their own countries first...This pandemic does not allow people to travel abroad for treatment... They will also have to be treated in their own countries...its good..so that they can get to be in the shoes of the citizens.

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  • global-conversation.png nice_duck | Lejonströmsskolan school | Sweden
    07 May 2020

    I agree with you and understand what you mean. Here in Sweden I would say that it is important that you have the finest gadgets and the most beautiful houses, I do not understand why you can not ignore if your friend has a better car, spend money on something else instead that is important or save the money and use them in crisis situations instead of wasting them. Since now in covid-19 times you should maybe be the smart one and save money in case something like that happens to lose the job, otherwise you end up there without money.

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

      Is it always possible for people to save money? It's important to remember that amount of savings do not reflect how 'smart' someone is.

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  • global-conversation.png quickwitted_piano | Good Shepherd Minor Secondary School | Kenya
    08 May 2020

    The earth is going on a wrong since many leaders and people don't take care of the nature hence making many of the natural things to not being found in the world.

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