Environment

See below for some notes about the environment.  Or click on one of the following links for information about other areas of concern.

The Planet Is Facing A Catastrophe Due In A Large Part To Pollution & Climate Change.

When we talk about saving our environment, we are, in fact, on a mission to save all life on Earth.

The Wisdom Trust is committed to play our part and we will work with and support any individuals or organisations working towards this goal.

 

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The Earth Is An Amazing Place!

Our world is a truly beautiful planet which has sustained every living thing on it for billions of years. Mankind’s short stay on earth so far has done it much damage.

And yet we still have a chance to change our habits and start repairing what we have broken, to leave it a fit place to live for many generations to come.

 

Here Are Some Startling Facts About Our Environment In The 21st Century!

We’re Losing Our Trees

At least 17 trees will have to be cut down and 20,000 gallons of water is contaminated in order to produce a ton of toilet paper.

Worldwide, about 27,000 trees are cut down each day so we can have Toilet Paper.  American companies alone use enough paper every year to encircle the Earth three times!

But the great news is that many more businesses every year are moving towards going paperless. It’s incredible to think that we could save 75,000 trees if we recycled the paper used on the daily run of a national paper like the New York Times, for example.

 

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!

Aluminium can be recycled continuously – forever. Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to run your TV for at least 3 hours. 80 trillion aluminium cans are used by humans every year.

If you are someone who throws away plastic bags and other plastic materials irresponsibly, you should know that many of these end up in the ocean, killing as many as one million sea creatures annually.

A glass bottle made in our time will take more than 4,000 years to decompose.

 

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Humans, One Of The Planet’s Main Polluters, Form Only A Small Part Of All Life On Earth

It’s amazing to consider that if all life on Earth was put on a scale, the human population would only make up about one ten-thousandth of the total weight of all life on Earth.

And yet we continue to be one of the main causes of pollution and damage to our environment.

 

Water Is Vital To Sustain Life!  So Don’t Waste It

Only 1% of our planet’s water supply can be used. 97% is ocean water and 2% is frozen solid in the Arctic, for now. But water is vital to sustain life and our planet gains as many as 77 million new human inhabitants every year.

 

The Amazon Rainforest  – The Lungs Of The Planet!

More than 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest. And more than half of the world’s estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rainforests.

One-fifth of the world’s fresh water is in the Amazon Basin. But at the current rate of destruction the world’s rainforests might not survive the next few decades.

 

Vital Cures For All Sorts Of Illnesses Could Lie Hidden In The World’s Tropical Rainforests

An estimated 50,000 species inhabiting our tropical forests become extinct annually – including plants and animals. That’s an average of 137 species a day – and any one of those lost plants could have been the source for a cure for one of mankind’s killer diseases.

Today at least 25% of prescription medicines originate from plants in the rainforest.

 

Phytoplankton Are Disappearing – And They Produce 70% Of Our Oxygen

Prochlorococcus and other ocean phytoplankton are responsible for 70% of Earth’s oxygen production.

However, some scientists believe that phytoplankton levels have declined by 40% since 1950 due to the warming of the ocean. Ocean temperatures impacts the number of phytoplankton in the ocean.

 

The World’s Fishing Stocks Have Been Over-Exploited

Within a few short decades, industrial fishing has expanded from the traditional fishing grounds of the Northern Hemisphere to include all the world’s oceans and seas.

Many stocks – possibly even as much as 70% globally – have been over-exploited and are depleted. And yet nearly 40% of the world’s population – approximately three billion people – rely on both wild-caught and farmed seafood as their primary source of protein. 

 

Could Sustainable Fisheries Management Hold The Key?   

As the largest traded food commodity in the world, seafood provides sustenance to billions of people worldwide.

But the situation is not without hope. Some countries have shown that fish stocks can in fact recover when sustainable fisheries management systems are implemented.

 

There Is Just So Much More For Us To Learn And Understand

We know so little about our world. For example, if you go for a walk in the woods and bend down to scoop up a handful of earth, you’ll be holding billions of bacteria in your hand. Over 97% of these will have never been discovered or studied – and any one of those could be the cure for one of mankind’s killer diseases.

 

Two Quick Facts To Finish

Rainforests are cut down at a rate of 100 acres per minute. But some of the world’s oldest trees are more than 4,600 years old.

Landfills are composed of 35% packaging materials.

 

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What Will We Do?

 A) Learn And Collaborate Together.
 

The Wisdom Trust will use its online learning resources and The Wisdom Trust Community, together with a series of seminars, workshops and other events, to increase awareness about the big issues affecting the future of our planet.

B) Understand How We Can All Make A Difference.

We will also provide hundreds of simple ways in which people of all ages and backgrounds can help make a difference with small changes in their own activities to help protect the environment and to live a healthier lifestyle.

C) Provide Funding To Help Protect Our Environment.

We will make donations from our funds to support charitable causes which promote our key objectives and we will work with any organisations or individuals that help protect our environment and all living things.

Our goal is to contribute as much time, effort and resources as we can to support programs which help to protect and preserve our environment for future generations.

 

D) Connecting Different Communities Across The Globe.

We will strive to help people embrace and celebrate the rich and colourful tapestry of contrasting societies and communities that inhabit our planet and to assist different communities in connecting with each other.

This, we hope, will lead to collaboration in a process of learning about each other so that we can all be stronger together.

E) Working Together To Make Things Better.

The Wisdom Trust is committed to working effectively with other individuals and organisations to help fund programs which improve and protect our world so that future generations can enjoy it as we do today.

 

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By joining the Wisdom Trust as either a member or as one of our registered charitable causes, you become part of a network that is creating positive change right across the globe, for underprivileged individuals, groups and the sustainability of our planet by unlocking the collective power of wisdom and knowledge for all.

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Joining The Wisdom Trust is very simple and completely free for both individuals and organisations.

We will make a difference and in just a few click of your mouse you too could be playing your part in helping to make the world a better place for everyone, regardless of age, background, religion, race or culture – or even where they live.

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