Humankind is consuming far more than the Earth can sustainably provide. In the quest for more energy, food, and better living standards, our ecological footprint continues to grow unabated. This one-sided view of the economic growth model is leading us towards a future that may be very different from the one we were promised by experts. Global warming has already begun to devastate our environment, but we have still not done enough to stop it. That can only happen if we start caring about the environment now, saving it for future generations before it is too late.
We need to care about the environment because we can’t be healthy without a clean one. The best reason for caring about the environment is our health. We can’t be healthy if we’re not breathing clean air or drinking clean water, and we can’t be healthy if we’re eating contaminated food. If we don’t do something about climate change, the world is going to get hotter and hotter, which will increase the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events that make it harder to grow crops and raise livestock—and that’s before you get into what happens when natural disasters like hurricanes hit.
If you care about your health, you have to care about the environment.
It may sound selfish, but it’s true: We need to care about the environment because it’s beautiful! The Earth is a wonderful place that we should be proud of. When we think of gorgeous sights, we don’t just think of man-made buildings or even the places where people live—we think of the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, Antarctica, and every other natural wonder in the world.
Nature is where humans feel most at peace with themselves and most connected with their spirituality. But when we destroy nature for no good reason, we’re not just harming ourselves—we’re doing something that goes against everything that makes us human beings.
This planet is all we’ve got
We only have one planet. That’s it.
I mean, yeah, there’s other stuff out there in space, but as far as we know, there’s nothing else that has the exact combination of things necessary for life. We don’t know if there’s oxygen to breathe or water to drink or soil to grow food… and even if we did find a planet just like Earth, would you really want to abandon our world and go live somewhere new?
We can’t take our home for granted. We need to take care of this place so we can keep on living here—and so that future generations can enjoy it too!