Sometimes environmental issues are hard to visualize. The planet is enormous, and the changes always seem to be happening slowly or happening somewhere else.
This community doesn’t have the luxury of trying to visualize environmental change. It’s happening now, and it’s happening in their backyards. But it’s not staying there. The food they produce gets exported to your grocery stores — and so does this pollution.
In 2012, Kern County produced billions of dollars worth of food including grapes, carrots, pistachios, oranges, and almonds.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/in-what-world-is-it-ok-to-see-flames-when-youre-at-the-playground-with-your-kids
It’s hard to get people out of the house.
Over 400,000 people took to the streets in New York City.
Around the world, folks marched and shouted in 2,646 events.
Were you there?
Share this with your friends, so we can make the next one even bigger.
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Have you ever noticed that people often get more and more naive as they grow up? Check out the video below to see kids stating hugely important truths that too many adults are blind to.
There are some side-splitting jokes at 1:15 and 2:42, and you should also stick around to 2:50 to watch the host sum it all up.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/do-these-kids-have-special-truth-vision-or-are-the-rest-of-us-just-in-denial
Conserve water and save lives: Turn off the faucet, recycle water, and use it sparingly, because water is life.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/giving-soap-on-a-rope-a-whole-new-meaning
Mercury’s a nasty little bugger. No, not the planet, the element. It bioaccumulates out the wazoo so that by the time we sit down to a nice dinner of fresh mackerel, we’re eating a lot more than just the fish.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/theres-no-way-im-eating-my-next-seafood-dinner-without-checking-this-chart-first
I have been remiss in starting a garden, but I do recycle. Now, I know how to do them both at once.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/how-to-kill-two-environmental-birds-with-one-stone
Some people have old-fashioned ideas about the kinds of pets up for adoption at shelters. Don’t they realize that shelters are full of healthy, beautiful, loving pets? For every person who wants to fill that little void or enhance their already fabulous life, there’s a cat or dog waiting to do just that.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/a-little-girl-doesnt-respond-to-a-stereotype-about-her-dog-but-her-look-says-it-all
Even the biggest cynic has to admit that this guy is passionate about our planet. And the more people we can get to share his passion, the better off we’ll be.
ARE YOU READY FOR REEF FACTS?
- The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world, but it has lost over 50% of its coral cover in less than 30 years. Experts predict that it could lose ANOTHER 50% in the next 10. (Which is why Leo is so fired up.)
- The three main causes for this decline are mostly climate-related: storm damage (48%), the crown-of-thorns starfish, which eats coral (42%), and coral bleaching (10%).
- Despite this bleak outlook, the Australian government is now introducing a new threat to the reef that could be the final nail in its coffin: opening it up to be the next one-stop shop for coal and gas exports. This will mean dredging of up to 100 million tons of Great Barrier Reef seabed, the construction of four megaports alongside the Great Barrier Reef (including the world’s largest coal port), and an estimated 7,400 ships crisscrossing the fragile reef every year by 2020.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/if-you-ever-wondered-whether-leo-dicaprio-is-a-good-dude-his-speech-will-clear-that-up
Where “breakfast” means “strategy to get large corporations to demand sustainable practices from their suppliers.”
Read more: http://upworthy.com/this-environmentally-informative-acid-trip-is-part-of-a-complete-breakfast