International trade ‘driving nature loss’

International trade ‘driving nature loss’

Many people, especially those motivated by the desire for the attainment of wealth, see the world as something to be exploited for their own selfish needs. Most people do not consider the future generations that will inherit the earth after we are gone. Our children and our children’s children will be left with a mess if imminant action is not taken. The future generations of our children will stuggle for resources and they will be in desparate need of fresh water. Such conditions lead only to suffering and conflict.

“Almost a third of threats to animal species around the world stem from trade to meet the demands of richer nations, a study concludes.” People always want more. More pleasure, more happiness, more material wealth, more of everything they desire. Yet, how often do we consider the consequences of our actions? How do we obtain our desired food or clothing or whatever it is we want? Where does it come from? How does it impact the earth? “Forests are cut down for coffee and cocoa plantations, removing animal habitat; elephants and rhinos are poached to provide ivory to East Asia.”

“The US, Japan, and Western Europe emerge as the main places where demand is driving biodiversity loss in exporting countries, while Indonesia and Madagascar are the two countries where wildlife is most under threat as a result of international demands.”
In order to maintain balance and harmony in nature, we need to be more cognizant of what we consume and take action to only consume things that do not cause such devestation. “Companies such as Nestle have decided to source raw materials from suppliers that agree to meet environmental standards – for example, pledging not to destroy virgin rainforest in order to grow palm oil.” Purchasing items from companies that promote harmonious relations with the natural world is a step in the right direction. Becoming more aware of the impact of our actions is also a step in the right direction. The more we do to live at a natural equilibrium with nature the better. Ideally, we should live in a manner that causes no harm to anything. Until we are living as such, there is a lot of work to be done!

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