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Our planet is in trouble! : 

Our planet is in trouble! Almost every day we seem to hear of yet another problem affecting the environment - and what a list of problems! Pollution Acid rain Global warming Destruction of rainforests Destruction of wild habitats Decline and extinction of thousands of species of animals and plants....and so on.

Threats to our environment ? : 

Threats to our environment ? WasteWe humans create such a lot of waste which is : buried in enormous landfill sites burned in incinerators both of which can be dangerous for the environment. Much of our waste is made up of glass, metal, plastic and paper. Our natural resources such as trees, oil, coal and aluminium are used up in enormous amounts to make these products and the resources will one day be completely used up. We must cut down on energy use!

Ideas to Help : 

Ideas to Help Organic matter e.g. potato peelings, left over food, tea leaves etc. can be transferred straight to a compost heap in the garde and used as a good, natural fertilizer for the plants. Aluminium cans, glass bottles and newspapers etc. can be taken to bottle and can banks and wastepaper skips.     Use recycled paper to help save trees. Chlorine bleach is usually used to make newspapers and this pollutes rivers. Its better to use unbleached, recycled paper whenever you can. Take your old clothes to charity shops. Some are sold, others are returned to textile mills for recycling. Plastic is hard to recycle. One way to cut down on plastic is to refuse to use carrier bags offered by supermarkets and use strong, long lasting shopping bags instead, or re-use plastic bags over and over again, until they wear out.

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Rainforests Rainforests are valuable habitats. About half of all the species of animals and plants in the world live in rainforests. Thousands of rainforest plants contain substances that can be used in medicines and the tribal people of the forests have great knowledge of them. Rainforests are being cut down to make way for 'civilized man', to grow crops and graze cattle, and provide timber. An area almost the size of Britain is burnt every year. Rainforests help to regulate the world's climate and atmosphere.

Ideas to Help : 

Ideas to Help Never buy products made up of tropical hardwoods e.g. mahogany and teak. It is better to buy only pine, oak, ash or beech because they can be replaced. Eating a beef burger may be helping to destroy the rainforest! Most burgers in Britain are made from European cattle. The cattle are often fed on Soya bean and a lot of that comes from Brazil where large areas of forest have been destroyed to make Soya fields.

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Pollution The air, water and soil of habitats all over the world have been, and are still being, polluted in many different ways. This pollution affects the health of living things. Air is damaged by : car and lorry fumes power stations create acid rain which destroys entire forests and lakes. When fossil fuels i.e. oil, gas and coal are burned to provide energy for lighting, cooking etc. they form polluting gases. Oils spills pollute sea water and kill marine life; chemical waste from factories and sewage works, and artificial fertilizers from farmland, pollute river water, killing wildlife and spreading disease.

Ideas to Help : 

Ideas to Help switch off lights when rooms are not in use not wasting hot water not overheating rooms not boiling more water than necessary when making a cup of tea! Use a bicycle or walk instead of using a car for short trips. Buy 'environmentally-friendly' products.

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The Ozone Layer Fifteen to thirty miles above the Earth lies the stratosphere, a broad band of gases and one of these gases is ozone. It's only a small part of the stratosphere but very important because it prevents too many of the sun's ultra violet rays from reaching us. Too many ultra violet rays can give us skin cancer and destroy plankton, the important microscopic life in the sea. In the 1980s it was discovered that 'holes' were appearing in the ozone layer above the Antarctic and Arctic. CFCs, chlorofluorocarbons, gases used in the manufacture of aerosols and fridges, are believed to be responsible for destroying the ozone layer.

Ideas to Help : 

Ideas to Help Don't buy aerosols containing CFCs. Even 'ozone friendly' aerosols may contain harmful chemicals and spray cans are difficult to dispose of - they cannot be recycled. A lot of packaging e.g. fast-food cartons, are polystyrene 'blown' with CFCs. Avoid items packed with this polystyrene. New fridges can be bought with less CFCs in them. Don't waste electricity. Electricity is produced by burning coal, oil and gas and this action gives off carbon dioxide. Car fumes produce carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide - so try to cut down on car journeys if possible. Use a bike or walk - it's good exercise for you too! Recycle as much of your waste as you can. Methane, the most effective 'greenhouse gas', is released into the air as the rubbish in landfill sites rots. Always remember the importance of Recycling! REDUCE REUSE R E C Y C L E RECOVER

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Endangered Habitats and their WildlifeWild habitats all over the world are fast disappearing. Forests are being cut down, rivers and seas polluted, heathlands built on, hedgerows pulled up, ponds filled in - the destruction seems endless. As the habitats decrease, so do their communities of animals and plants. REASONS: Habitat destruction. The hunting of animals There are now more than 5, 000 species of animal and about 25,000 species of plants threatened with extinction. During the last 200 years more than 200 species of mammals and birds have become extinct.

Ideas to Help : 

Ideas to Help Never buy shells, coral or things made from elephant ivory, rhino horn or cat skin etc. The destruction of wood land, pollution of rivers and ponds, the use of pesticides and herbicides have all contributed to the reduction in the amount of wildlife. Many animals and plants are endangered e.g. red squirrels, otters, barn owls, golden eagles, natterjack toads, many species of butterflies and dragonflies, orchids - to name just a few. If you have a garden at home, you could transform it into a mini nature reserve for wildlife. The same could be done in your school grounds. Make a pond. Even A small pond will attract frogs and toads etc.. Birds and foxes may use it for drinking. Make a wildflower meadow. Wildflower plants and seeds may be bought from garden suppliers and, if planted correctly, a colorful meadow will result, attracting birds, butterflies and other insects. Provide logs and stones and allow a few autumn leaves to remain lying around. These provide shelter for manifests and perhaps small mammals such as shrews and mice. An over-neat garden will not be attractive to wildlife. Feed the birds during winter and put up nest boxes for robins and blue tits etc. to use in spring.

We all have a responsibility for our environment ! : 

We all have a responsibility for our environment ! Most of us know that these threats exist and that humans have caused them. It all sounds so depressing - but we certainly mustn't despair! we must keep the World in good condition so that future generations will have the same natural resources that we have. Remember!! Together we can and we will!

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