Arctic sea ice reaches its minimum each September. September Arctic sea ice is now declining at a rate of 12.8% per decade, relative to the 1981 to 2010 average. (NASA)
Arctic sea ice keeps the polar regions cool and helps moderate global climate and therefore helps regulate climate change.
According to statistics, about half of the world’s tropical forests have been cleared.
The forests comprise 31% of the total land mass of the Earth. They are vital in the absorption of carbon dioxide emissions to filter the air we breathe. They are also responsible for producing vital oxygen essential for the existence of wildlife and humans. Human-driven and natural loss of trees—deforestation—affects wildlife, ecosystems, weather patterns, and even the climate.
UK Government warns we are 30-40 years away from eradication of soil fertility for growing our food in parts of the UK. Globally scientists have predicted we have only 60 years of farming left if soil degradation continues. Generating three cm of top soil takes 1,000 years.
Topsoil is required for growing our food and if current rates of degradation continue all of the world's top soil could be gone within 60 years, a senior United Nations officials have stated. Therefore we have only 60 years of farming left if soil degradation continues and we don’t change methods.
A whopping 91% of plastic IS NOT recycled. About 8 million metric tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean annually. Every minute, one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans. By 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than there are fish (by weight). Of those, 236,000 tons are micro plastics (from our washing machines when washing synthetic fibres like polyester, nylon, acrylic etc garments or exist in our personal hygiene products) – these are tiny pieces of broken-down plastic smaller than your little fingernail that make it from the washing machine/sink into the waterways and into the ocean.
The air we breathe: The ocean produces over half of the world's oxygen for us humans and all other species and absorbs 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. It is also important for climate regulation. Covering 70 percent of the Earth's surface, the ocean transports heat from the equator to the poles, regulating our climate and weather patterns.
Fast Fashion and the Rana Plaza disaster, Bangladesh. On 24 April 2013, the collapse of the Rana Plazabuilding in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which housed five garment factories, killed at least 1,132 people and injured more than 2,500. Since the Rana Plaza disaster, no fewer than 109 accidents have occurred. Fast Fashion has a cost to both people and our planet.
Approximately 80% of the fashion we buy is made using fast fashion cycles. Fast Fashion methods are a disaster for women and the environment. 75 million people are making our clothes today. 80% is made by women who are only 18 – 24 years old and trapped in poverty and not being paid the living wage in this cycle of production and are living in poverty and slave like conditions. A large percentage of fast fashion/accessories is made by child labour. 7/10 garments which are subsequently bought are worn once and are discarded to end up in the landfill. Non- sustainable/non-slow fashion /non-sustainable textiles pollute the environment whilst being produced in high volumes and also pollutes when it hits landfill and it has a high human/female cost. An unimaginable cost for single wear garments.
Researchers at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and GRAIN Study suggests the meat and dairy industry is on track to surpass oil companies as biggest greenhouse gas emitters. They also claim that five of the biggest meat and dairy corporations are already responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the top 3 Oil & Gas companies.
The researchers conclude their report by suggesting that soon there will be no choice—if we are to curb green house gas emissions to meet targets set by agreed upon international/government protocols to slow down climate change. Meat and dairy production and consumption will have to be greatly reduced.