20,000 plastic bottles are produced every second or one million every minute. But wait, the problem is much bigger.
The planet is warming, from North Pole to South Pole. According to the World Economic Forum, climate change is seen as the biggest potential threat to the global economy. They also say that climate impacts could push more than 100 million people into poverty by 2030, making climate change the third most serious issue facing the world, behind international terrorism and poverty.
Since 1906, as indicated by National Geographic the global average surface temperature has increased by more than 0.9 Degrees Celsius even more in sensitive polar regions. We don’t have to wait for the future to see the effects of this change, we can witness the impact created right now.
As you read through this some of the current changes include melting icecaps worldwide, especially at the poles. This in turn is causing the sea level to rise. Many species are on the move as the temperatures change. Some places are faced with extreme drought while others with extreme rain and snowfall. Storms are likely to grow stronger and diseases are spreading faster. Ecosystems are changing and some animals are already going extinct. A Science Magazine report says that 8.3 billion tones of virgin plastic have been manufactured so far. Of which, 6.3 billion tones of plastic have been discarded as waste, somewhere in the landfills or in the open.
All of this is scary, but there is still time to act. The time is now. While some can sit and QUESTION THE ABOVE, you and I should act. Small steps like saying no to single-use plastic and yes to making a more conscious choice will go a long way. The planet is our collective home and we at Verth are taking every effort to make sustainable living easy and affordable. We are doing this by creating sustainable subscription boxes while supporting eco-friendly brands and local artisans. If you decide to change and make a switch (which you should) we can assure you it’s not a difficult journey to take. Let us help each other and in turn help our Mother Earth because world environment day is not one single day, but every day of our lives.