Without arguing cause (at least at the moment) most would agree that air (oxygen) pollution, water scarcity, food shortages, and homelessness is a pretty good way to name the basic environmental problems we humans face here on planet earth.
Air pollution pretty much extends around the planet, at least some of the time. Sure, it’s worse in some areas than others, but as the global wind currents circulate our air, that air quality tends to decrease round the planet.
The Washington Post in an article called This world map shows where pollution is getting worse. There’s good news for the U.S. although United States-centric, the report gives a pretty good view of much of the world’s air pollution problems. The good news for the U.S. and Europe is there’s been some improvement in air quality in both locales since 2014.
What that doesn’t address is the fact that earth is pretty much a closed system and that those global wind currents do circle the planet.
The BBC published Is the World Running Out of Water? which demonstrates how this is even possible (it is if you’re talking fresh water) and points to some solutions. Although a truly complex problem, the short form includes this information.
97.5 of the planet’s water is sea water meaning it’s unfit for human consumption. While sea water conversion into fresh is possible, it’s also horribly expensive.
Water is used for energy, and food production and both needs are projected to grow as much as 70 percent by 2035. Even today the deep freshwater aquifers are being depleted faster than they are being replenished. We see this directly in areas where the land has sunk and is sinking because of this over use.
Hope lies in real water conservation around the globe.
Oxfam, an international confederation of charitable organizations focused on the alleviation of global poverty, says There Is Enough Food to Feed the World yet “…close to a billion people go to sleep hungry every night. The problem is that many people in the world don’t have sufficient land to grow, or income to purchase, enough food.”
There are solutions, but we’ve barely begun to understand what needs to be done.
Habitat for Humanity estimates that as many as 1.6 billion people lacked adequate housing.
There are solutions
As gloomy as all this is, there are solutions. Many are happening in relatively small amounts across our world. Some are simple, many are complex and some we don’t have yet. What’s missing in many instances is the political will to make the necessary adjustments.
Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at how we can solve these problems.
Thanks for being there,