Earth Day Tip #1 – Turn Concern Into Action

 

Happy Earth Day!  To complete our Earth Day Tips countdown we’ve listed the top environmental concerns people have and the categories you can take action and support.  From water pollution to global warming, environmental issues affect every person, animal, community, and nation on the planet. As increasing evidence supports the devastating effect humans have on the environment, more people are taking steps to protect the environment and educate others about environmental problems.  There are so many different areas you can choose to help, everyone is sure to find a cause to get behind.
 

Top 5 Public Environmental Concerns

 

1. Contamination of Drinking Water:

Contamination of fresh water used for household needs, including pollution of oceans, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs, ranks top on the list of environmental concerns for many Americans. More than half of respondents stated they worry about the safety of their drinking water a great deal.

2. Water Pollution:

General worry over water pollution and associated environmental issues greatly concerns half of all Americans who participated in the poll. Related issues include acid rain, ocean dumping, urban runoff, oil spills, ocean acidification, and wastewater.

3. Soil Contamination:

Soil erosion, soil conservation, soil salination, and soil contamination by waste, pesticides, and lead worries 50 percent of Americans.

4. Wildlife Conservation:

More than 40 percent of Americans expressed concern about wildlife conservation and associated environmental issues, such as endangered species, animal and plant extinction, coral bleaching, introduction of invasive species, poaching, and loss of natural animal habitats resulting in relocation and a break in the food chain.

5. Air pollution:

Concerns over air pollution have remained steady over the last decade, with more than 40 percent of Americans worried about indoor and outdoor air quality, carbon emissions, tropospheric ozone, particulate matter, sulfur oxides, volatile organic compounds, radon, refrigerants, and methane emissions.

 

Other Top Concern Areas & Ideas Of Where To Help

 

  •  Biological pollutants

including bacteria, viruses, molds, mildew, dander, dust, mites, pollen, ventilation and infection.

  •  Carbon footprint

and the responsibility of individuals to reduce their effect on the environment, including the use of renewable energy sources (solar power, geothermal heat pumps), recycling, and sustainable living.

  •  Climate change

and issues related to global warming, such as the greenhouse effect, global dimming, and the gradual rise in sea level.

  •  Consumerism

and over-consumption and their effect on the planet.

  •  Dams

and the impact of dams on the environment.

  •  Ecosystem

destruction and associated environmental concerns, such as aquaculture, estuaries, shellfish protection, landscaping, wetlands, and ecological restoration.

  •  Energy conservation

issues, including renewable energy for home and business, energy efficiency, and fossil fuel depletion.

  •  Fishing

and its effect on marine ecosystems, blast fishing, cyanide fishing, bottom trawling, whaling, and over-fishing.

  •  Food safety

concerns and the effects of hormones, antibiotics, preservatives, toxic contamination, and lack of quality control on health.

  •  Genetic engineering

including concerns about genetically modified foods and genetic pollution.

  •  Intensive farming

irrigation, overgrazing, monoculture, methane emissions, and the damaging environmental effects of deforestation for farming and cattle.

  •  Land degradation

and related problems, such as desertification and soil and land pollution.

  •  Land use

urban sprawl, lack of free space, and habitat destruction and fragmentation.

  •  Logging

deforestation, clear-cutting, destruction of wildlife habitats, and greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.

  •  Mining

and its role in global warming, acid mine drainage, and soil and air pollution resulting from toxic emissions and heavy metals.

  •  Nanotechnology

and the future effects of nanopollution and nanotoxicology.

  •  Natural disasters

and their impact on all aspects of the environment.

  •  Nuclear issues

including the effects of nuclear fallout, nuclear meltdown, radioactive waste, and the population’s reliance on nuclear power.

  •  Other pollution

issues, such as light pollution and noise pollution, and their effects on human health and behavior.

  •  Overpopulation

concerns, such as continued building and burial.

  •  Ozone depletion

and damage to the Earth’s ozone layer caused by CFC.

  •  Resource depletion

the need for newer, cleaner energy sources, and exploitation of natural resources.

  •  Sustainable communities

and issues such as reducing reliance on fossil fuels, supporting local farmers and merchants, encouraging green practices and building, consideration of native wildlife, and adoption of mass transportation and cleaner methods of commuting.

  •  Toxins

including chlorofluorocarbons, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, toxic waste, PCB, DDT, bioaccumulation, endocrine disruptors, asbestos, and poorly implemented hazardous waste management.

  •  Waste

and associated environmental issues, such as litter, landfills, recycling, incineration, marine debris, E-waste, and contamination of water and soil caused by improper disposal and leaching toxins.

 

So pick a topic and turn that concern into action this year & do your part to impact this world we all share.  Happy Earth Day!

 

 

Brian is the co-founder of The Universal Key & an Entrepreneur who has been involved in 7 different start ups. His focuses are on Social, Lifestyle & Sustainable Business’s.

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