Our oceans are in dire crisis. They are severely overfished, polluted with toxic chemicals, sewage, plastics etc. Dead zones, where nothing lives, are doubling in size and number every 10 years. The Pacific Gyre garbage patch has 6 times more plastic than plankton. Without healthy oceans we won’t have enough phytoplankton, which is the base of the marine food chain and which creates 70-80% of the oxygen we breathe. Our climate is regulated by the ocean’s currents, winds, and water-cycle activity. Our aquifers, streams, rivers and lakes are threatened with coal seam gas, oil spills, chemicals from agriculture, animal waste.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=FTurihxSTnI

Forests have been felled for timber, mining and livestock grazing. This has a dire impact on our climate and also on biodiversity. Without habitat, native animals cannot survive. Without native animals, forests can’t survive. Already 80% of our forests have been destroyed. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/eye/deforestation/effect.html

Our air quality has been damaged by methane/nitrous oxide from livestock industry (cows and sheep) and fossil fuel burning. We have also polluted the atmosphere from the use of many kinds of chemicals (e.g. chemtrails from aeroplanes). http://www.kidcyber.com.au/topics/airpollut.htm

Soil quality has diminished greatly due to soil erosion caused by over grazing of hoofed animals (cows and sheep), mining, over-cultivation making it vulnerable to wind and rain. In the past 40 years alone, 30 percent of the planet’s arable land has become unproductive due to erosion. Soil erosion is one of the most critical environmental problems, threatening farmlands, streams and villages. When soil is eroded it can’t hold water and therefore is unable to grow vegetation and becomes a desert. Also our soil is polluted by herbicides and toxic chemicals used in farming. http://stephenleahy.net/2008/09/14/peak-soil-the-silent-global-crisis/

We are living in the 6th Mass Extinction of all species. Every day we lose over 100 species, many that have evolved for millions of years. The Biodiversity crisis is more dire than the water crisis but is not being addressed. Without a large variety of species, each with large populations, humans will also become extinct. http://www.well.com/~davidu/extinction.html





Biodiversity Loss

Don’t get depressed! 
Do something positive today and help turn it around!

Like adults, kids have to know how bad things are before they will act ....what kind of future will you have if you don’t?

There are currently 7 billion people. A billion of them are starving, many are homeless and disease is spreading because of this. The human population is rising at an exponential rate and soon the Earth won’t be able to support us. Overpopulation aggravates resource depletion. We rely on fossil fuels for transportation and minerals for manufacture. These resources are finite. The United Nations says that if fertility levels remain unchanged at today's levels, world population will rise to 44 billion in 2100, according to the U.N. -  http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=12439



Is Earth in Trouble?



Is the belief that the human species is superior to all the other species deluded?


Dr Helen Caldicott talks about the frightening levels of radiation from Fukushima, Chernobyl, Iraq.