Climate change, world hunger, water shortages, toxic pollution and waste affects us all worldwide and poses a significant challenge to the environment and society.
It is nearly impossible to keep up with the headlines and statistics that are growing almost as rapidly as the global issues themselves.
- The U. S. Geological Survey has predicted that two-thirds of the world’s polar bear sub-populations will be extinct by mid-century due to melting of the Arctic ice cap.
- Average temperatures have climbed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degree Celsius) around the world since 1880, much of this in recent decades, according to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
- Climate change will bring drought, dry conditions and intense strain on water resources to the western 1/3 of all US counties in the lower 48 states will face higher risks of water shortages by mid-century as the result of climate changing according to NRDC.rn United States according to NRDC.
- In 1987, the U.S. released 1.2 million tons of toxic chemicals into our atmosphere, 670,000 tons into our soil, and 250,000 tons into our water. (International Wildlife magazine)
- Every year we dispose of 24 million tons of leaves and grass clippings, which could be composted to conserve landfill space. (1996 Environmental Defense Fund)
- Ninety-five percent of our solid waste is disposed of in almost-filled landfills – and one out of every two of those landfills desperately needs repair so it won’t leak. (National Urban League)
- 1 billion people suffer each day from hunger in the world according to the UN.
- The Earth’s limited supply of natural resources will only be able to sustain 2 billion humans by 2100, bad news for a world that already feeds 5.9 billion.
- Over the period from 2001 through 2009, between 30 and 60 percent of the United States experienced drought conditions at any given time.