The Tipping Point

The Tipping Point

As a result of globalization and population increase, human development and consumption continues to negatively impact the world everyday. Where governments have agreed to make changes that promote a more balanced way of life, positive results have come to manifest. However, many argue that governments are not doing what needs to be done on a large enough scale to have the needed impact to save the planet. Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme executive director said, “if current trends continue, if current patterns of production and consumption of natural resources prevail and cannot be reversed, then governments will preside over unprecedented levels of damage and degradation.”

The world is in desperate need for freshwater. Less than 2% of the world water supply is safe to consume. The text Global Environmental Outlook, UN Environment Programme assessment of the natural world, explains that steps have been taken to make petroleum lead-free, to help fight against ozone layer depletion, to increase access to clean water, and boosting research on marine pollution. However, it is concluded that air pollution indoors and outdoors is probably causing more than six million premature deaths each year, that greenhouse gas emissions are on track to warm the world by at least 3C on average by 2100, that most river basins contain places where drinking water standards are below World Health Organization standards, and only 1.6% of the world’s oceans are protected. These areas need to be addressed.

Rising demand for resource-expensive foods such as beef and other animal products continues to add to the negative impact. Lifestyle changes are needed in order to reverse this. Factors such as air pollution and climate change are also imposing costs on the global economy. Air pollution is calculated to cut crop yields by $14-26 billion each year in the U.S. alone.

“The moment has come to put away the paralysis of indecision, acknowledge the facts and face up to the common humanity that unites all peoples,” said Mr Steiner.

Taken from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18339905

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2 Comments

  1. Warriors and Goddesses said,

    June 11, 2012 at 7:28 am

    that last quote is fantastic.


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