Since the beginning of time, Earth has been changing. Continents move, magnetic poles shift, climates change, sea levels rise and fall, species go extinct, and new species are born. These things happen over hundreds of thousands of years and they are currently happening at an alarming rate.
Population sizes of mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians have declined an average of 68% between 1970 and 2016.
It's estimated that 420 million hectare (1 ha = 2.47105 acres) of forest has been lost worldwide since 1990. The rate of deforestation has declined substantially in recent years. However, the news is not all bad, in the most recent five year period (2015–2020), the annual rate of deforestation was estimated at 10 million ha, down from 12 million ha in 2010–2015.
Throughout the 1990's Earth was losing around 800 billion metric tons of ice each year. Today, that number has risen to around 1.2 trillion tons.
The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets together lost 81 billion tons of ice per year in the 1990s, and 475 billion tons of ice per year in the 2010s. A total of 6.4 trillion ton.
Altogether, Earth has lost 28 trillion tons of ice between1994 and 2017.
The rate of sea level rise has more than doubled from 0.06 inches per year throughout most of the twentieth century to 0.14 inches per year from 2006–2015.
It's estimated that 15 US cities will be under water by 2050.
But around the world, individuals, organizations and governments are doing what they can to better our Plant. Here are just a few amazing things happening around our planet.
Iceland and Paraguay generate 100% renewable power! Costa Rica is right behind, with 98% of their energy being renewable. And Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Norway, Tajikistan, and Uruguay all generate greater than 90% of their electricity from renewable energy sources.
China is leading the world in reforestation. From 1990 to 2020 China's forest cover increased from 157 million hectares to 220 million hectares
Two countries provide free water to all of it's residents, Ireland and Turkmenistan. Drinking water is also becoming free throughout France. Paris has more than 1,200 locations to access free quality water.
No matter who or where we are, we can all contribute to bettering our planet by being more conscious and conservative consumers.