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Join EARTHDAY.ORG and learn how you can take action in your own life to help end plastic pollution, fight climate change and protect our precious lands, air, water and wildlife. https://www.earthday.org

The greatest contribution of bees and other pollinators is the pollination of nearly three quarters of the plants that produce 90% of the world’s food. A third of the world’s food production depends on bees, i.e. every third spoonful of food depends on pollination. ”Ending hunger is everyone’s responsibility.” https://www.worldbeeday.org

Benefits of Recycling

  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators.
  • Conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals.
  • Increases economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials.
  • Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials.
  • Saves energy

The five direct drivers of the decline in nature are in order of importance (1) changes in land and sea use; (2) direct exploitation of organisms; (3) climate change; (4) pollution and (5) invasive alien species.

Some key facts from the report state:

  • Around 1 million plant and animal species are now threatened with extinction.
  • More than a third of the world’s land surface and nearly 75% of freshwater resources is now devoted to crop or livestock production.
  • In 2015, 33% of marine fish stocks were being harvested at unsustainable levels; 60% were maximally sustainably fished, with just 7% harvested at levels lower than what can be sustainably fished.
  • Plastic pollution has increased tenfold since 1980, 300-400 million tons of heavy metals, solvents, toxic sludge and other wastes from industrial facilities are dumped annually into the world’s waters, and fertilizers entering coastal ecosystems have produced more than 400 ocean ‘dead zones’, totalling more than 245,000 km2 (591-595) – a combined area greater than that of the United Kingdom.
  • Another-way.org.uk

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