WHAT ARE THE WORLD’S MOST PRESSING PROBLEMS?
Every day governments, foundations, and individuals need to make hard choices about what to prioritise. Limited resources must be wisely split between worthwhile causes. But prioritising requires sophisticated methods, especially when it involves uncertainty, ambiguity, and many different contexts.
Where to start?
The environment is constantly changing. As our environment changes, so does the need to become aware of problems that surround it. Natural disasters, global warming and cooling and different weather patterns we need to be aware of the types of environmental problems facing our planet.
Pollution: The pollution of air, water and soil require millions of years to recover.
- Main Pollutants:
- Air Pollution: Industry and motor vehicle exhaust
- Soil Pollution: Heavy metals, nitrates and plastic
- Water pollution: oil spill, acid rain, urban runoff
Global Warming: Climate changes is the result of human practices like emission of Greenhouse gases.
Overpopulation: The population of the planet is reaching unsustainable levels as it faces shortage of resources such as water, fuel and food. Intensive agricultural practices environment damage through use of chemical fertiliser, pesticides and insecticides. Overpopulation is one of the most crucial and current environmental problem
Natural Resource Depletion and Waste Disposal: What’s it all about? Taking more resources from the earth to make more packaging and non essential products puts an extra strain on the planet in terms of resource depletion and the ever increasing amount of waste that litters our, streets, countryside and oceans.
Loss of Biodiversity and Deforestation: Our forests absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen and help to regulate the earths temperature and rainfall. When forests are cut down Eco-systems are lost and the temperature of the planet begins to rise. Palm forests are removed in the name of industry and consumerism. What what cost?
Ocean Acidification: is caused by the excessive production of CO2 in the atmousphere. 25% of CO2 is directly produced by humans. The oceans acidity continues to rise as a devastating rate. The main impact is to plankton which provides life for bigger marine animals and fish.
Ozone Layer Depletion: Chlorine and Bromide found in Chloro-floro carbons (CFC’s) are the main pollutants here. When these toxic gases reach the upper atmosphere, they can cause a hole in the ozone layer, the biggest of which is above the Antarctic. Although banned in many forms of industry they continue to pose an issue. No ozone layer, no life!
Water Pollution: Clean drinking water is rare in third world countries and is becoming a crisis for parts of the west too. . Water is an economic and political issue, with the growth of the population we begin to fight for water as a life giving resource.
The above list is not an exhaustive one, we can’t actually quantify the number of causes as they continue to grow, as does Big Industry. Never before in our history has there ever been a need for change so badly that the lives of every species depend on that change occurring.
Take Action Now
Below is a list of our top 10 environmental charities. We have tried to cover as many issues as we can without targeting Big Industry. Click through each link to take you to their websites.