Why the Environment Matters

There was once a time when ridiculing environmentalists as tree-hugging idealists was very common. Today, with information flowing faster and communication getting better with the development of the Internet, more and more people are coming to realize the harsh realities that the world is confronting. At the forefront of these realities is the preservation of the environment and the protection of the delicate balance of natural ecosystems. Here are some of the top reasons for you to care about the environment.

There was once a time when ridiculing environmentalists as tree-hugging idealists was very common. Today, with information flowing faster and communication getting better with the development of the Internet, more and more people are coming to realize the harsh realities that the world is confronting. At the forefront of these realities is the preservation of the environment and the protection of the delicate balance of natural ecosystems. Here are some of the top reasons for you to care about the environment.

Health

Human rely on the environment for many things that are likely to be taken for granted. The air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink are all products of nature and the environment. When we cause environmental degradation, we are essentially poisoning ourselves. For example, the non-biodegradable plastic waste in the ocean ends up being ingested by the fish that we eventually consume. When we pollute the air with the fumes from fossil fuels, we inhale the same toxic particles, exposing us to a whole host of health problems.

Economic Stability

The environment supplies most of the raw materials needed to produce many consumer products. They are not only used to make food, natural resources such as timber, essential oils, and rubber are also necessary to ensure our continuous enjoyment of products that are made from these resources. Furthermore, many people are employed by companies that rely on these natural resources. The environment is not only a source of energy, it is also a source of livelihood for a lot of people.

Future Generations

We should also care about what our activities today mean for the future of our children. Degrading the environment means that future generations will suffer from health problems or insufficient food supply, or economic stability because of the lack of forethought in our actions today. Making small sacrifices today mean that we can give the future generation a world where they can live healthy, happy, and prosperous. The earth will be their home soon, too, so we should take care of the planet for them.

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