The environmental crisis we are presently facing is easily the biggest threat to the planet – to humans and to every species on this earth.
Pollution accounts for one in every six deaths worldwide, which makes it the largest killer of people around the globe, killing more people than war, famine, and disaster. Air pollution is the single biggest environmental health risk, causing roughly 7 million deaths annually. 4,000 children die every day from diseases caused by polluted water and inadequate sanitation.
Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. We are already experiencing the significant impacts of climate change, which include changing weather patterns, rising sea level, and more extreme weather events. The greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are driving climate change and continue to rise. They are now at their highest levels in history.
The menace of single-use or disposable plastics is today a major global concern. Single-use plastic items include plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging. According to current statistics, globally we are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. Not only does this end up as garbage on land, but about 8 million tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean annually, affecting both, marine life and human health.
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