The Problem (Part 3- Deforestation)

Trees are essential to our well being, our way of life. We rely on them in so many ways. Yet, it seems like there are less and less of them every year.  They veritably disappear, without so much as a trace of what was left behind. The thought that this many trees could be lost so soon is not only surprising, but scary. Whether we realize it or not, our species and others depend largely on the oxygen, nutrients, and homes they provide. Even so, Deforestation still happens all around the world, so what exactly is it?

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The dictionary definition of Deforestation is, “The clearing of trees, or transforming a forest into cleared land” ( Yet, this definition does not truly describe the terrible effect that deforestation has on the environment. Not only are trees a vital source of oxygen, but they provide homes for millions of different species of animals. Some of these animals, like the Koala, require about a hundred trees of natural space for their habitats. Their food (eucalyptus leaves) can only be found on trees, and just like many animals, they start to die off when large amounts of these trees are cut down. This problem has already emerged in Australia; the reintroduction of the Koala species after being hunted in the 1920s has been problematic. Because of deforestation in the area, Koala’s don’t have enough trees to properly thrive. Their resources are limited, their space is limited, and thus the population remains limited. And the problem only increases, because as of now, deforestation in the area, and around the world, shows no signs of stopping.

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A main cause of deforestation lies in agricultural efforts. Many farmers cut down trees so they will have more space to plant their crops. This might not sound so bad. After all, they’re planting more plants as their crops right? And while this is true, it still poses a huge problem. Farm crops like fruits and vegetables cannot produce nearly as much oxygen as trees do. Not only this, but the animals who live in trees need them specifically because of their height, shape, and resources they provide. Crops planted in farms provide none of these for the animals who need them the most, and this is where the problem emerges. What’s worse: it isn’t just individual farmers that cause deforestation. In fact, the largest contributors are some of the most popular companies we know today.

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Many companies  use palm oils in their products. They are used in deodorants, ice cream, face creams, and much, much more. However, the need for palm oil is not the problem, it’s how it’s obtained. As of now, Palm oil production companies clear forests or carbon-rich peat lands (areas  with lots of decomposed vegetable matter) to create plantations and gather resources. They don’t use more sustainable methods because nobody demands they do. As with most problems we face today, it’s only there because it’s cheaper than any more sustainable alternatives. These companies use terrible methods to produce their oil, yet they still receive funding from fast food companies and other popular users of palm oil. If these popular companies were to demand that the palm oil makers had to use sustainable methods, it would force their hand, and help to limit the amount of deforestation we see today. However, deforestation isn’t just caused by big businesses or farmers, it’s also made by the poor economic status many countries, including the U.S, face today.

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Illegal logging, or logging in violation of national laws, has an extreme affect, not only on deforestation, but on the world’s economy in general. What’s ironic is that it originated to help boost the economy, and yet it remains as a force that only keeps driving the economy downhill. What happens is that, when illegal trees are smuggled to various countries that by them, the governments watching over the countries that illegally log lose out from taxes and costs to manage legal logging. Many illegal loggers don’t  pay their taxes, and this makes other loggers want to follow the same suit to save money. It’s a terrible cycle that only leads to a decrease in money for both sides. Governments are not funded through taxes the way they should be, and the people who do the illegal logging only destroy their own communities. And even so, these illegal loggers continue to be funded by companies they outsource to, especially in the U.S.

It’s clear that, like the other problems that have been previously discussed on this website,  illegal logging is a problem that needs to be solved. We need to implement a way that can stop the unsustainable production of palm oil, and illegal logging, so that our beloved forests can continue to thrive. We may soon see the disappearance of forests worldwide, unless we do something to stop it. Thanks for reading

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Solutions to Ocean Pollution

Now that Ocean Pollution has been established as a world-wide problem, what can we do about it?  The solutions range from a global scale, to something simple that you could do in your home every day. It’s important to remember that solutions to these large problems don’t always start in the public eye. In fact, solutions begin with one person, changing the way they live, maybe only slightly. What matters is not doing one spontaneous large amount of good, but rather sustaining a life that not only benefits you, but the people and environment around you.


So what exactly are these solutions? Well there is a lot of them. You can do anything from using reusable bags to traveling around the world picking up trash. It doesn’t much matter how you help, but how much you help. The smallest and arguably easiest ways to make a difference is to change the way you consume. What I mean by this is that we as consumers have the right to choose which products we buy and which we don’t. This is an extremely powerful way to make change, and many don’t realize it.


Most companies produce products with plastic because consumers prefer products with plastic, it makes it easier to store many things. However, if we begin to choose the products that use less plastic, or have no plastic at all, there is no reason for companies to produce this harsh material. Choosing to buy products from companies that use a material like cardboard over plastic can make a larger change than you think.

Changing the ways you store and purchase food can also have an effect on how much trash ends up in the ocean. By using reusable containers instead of ones you throw away, you can produce less trash. Not only will it help the oceans, but you will save money, because you won’t have to keep buying non-reusable containers. Also, at a grocery store, using bags that can be re-used like the ones made out of cloth or paper can also be very helpful. Even if you have to use plastic bags, you can still re-use those bags too, as long as you are careful enough not to damage them.


By choosing products with certain materials in them, we can limit the amount of plastic and other harmful materials that companies have to produce. Finally, another obvious but simple solution is to not litter. While it may not seem like it, throwing a piece of trash out a window on a highway or in a park can have a profound effect on the environment. When you throw a piece of trash on the ground, you are likely not thinking that it will have a large effect. After all, it’s only one piece of trash right? Well when thousands upon thousands of people think the same way that you do, it can get quite out of hand. If each person realizes that even throwing one piece of trash on the ground has a large effect, it would make littering much less of a problem.


Of course, there is also physical work to be done. Organizations that clean up the ocean, like the Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA), need more help. If you know of a beach cleanup in your area, I highly suggest you participate. Not only are they a good way to get outside and appreciate the environment, but lots of trash can be cleaned up, which helps more than you think. Additionally, you can donate your money to various organizations. They can always use more funding, and they’ll need it if we hope to fix these problems. A few of the organizations I know of are ORCA (,  The Blue Frontier Campaign (, and the Safina Center ( Additionally, being careful to recycle plastics instead of throwing them away can improve the condition of our oceans. And generally, if you see trash thrown on the ground, pick it up. Most of that trash either pollutes soil, or ends up in the ocean. It doesn’t take much effort to pick up trash, but it can make a difference.


So, the solutions to Ocean Pollution are not as difficult as many people think. However, it will take the effort of nearly everybody to fully stop it. If we all put in the small effort, it could help to clean our oceans,


and solve one of the largest problems we as humans face today.


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The Problem Part 2 (Ocean Pollution)

An arguably equal important problem to Climate Change is known as Ocean Pollution. Over the years, our oceans have slowly become dirtier, with trash and other pollutants thrown in carelessly. It has come to the point where literally miles of “trash belts” drift through the ocean, affecting the wildlife and people alike. Many fail to realize the true importance of our oceans, and as such treat them unfairly. So what exactly is Ocean Pollution? Why is it such a pressing issue?  Keep reading to find out.

“Why are the oceans so important?” Is a question I have thought to myself for most of my life. However, after doing the research, I realize that the issue of Ocean Pollution is much more important than many people make it out to be. Our oceans account for nearly 97% of ALL water on Earth. And yes, while it is true that we only drink fresh water, and that doesn’t come from our oceans, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t importantResearch Oceans.jpg What happens when we run out of fresh water? The only option after that is to filter salt water into fresh water, which is still being worked on. Abundant trash and pollution in that salt water is only going to make it harder to filter, and that could cause a huge problem for humanity as a whole. Oceans also account for most of the oxygen produced in our atmosphere. Algae and bacteria contribute 70% of our oxygen. So when trash and other pollutants infect them, they begin to die off. And if 70% of our oxygen disappears, we will surely perish along with them.

Along with this, coastal locations that profit from use of the ocean supply about 500 billion dollars of the the world’s economy. Also, about half of the world’s population lives within the coastal zone, or areas near the coast (

821241-gorgeous-coastal-wallpaper.jpgThe ocean also greatly helps the water cycle. When water evaporates into the atmosphere, it helps to produce a great deal of the rainfall we get each year. When the ocean becomes polluted, this rain will too, and the problem will only get worse. These are only 4 of the many, many reasons why we need to protect our oceans, but all we seem to be doing is destroying them.

So what’s the cause of this seemingly huge problem? Well, it actually has to do with pollution on land. According to the National Ocean Service, “Eighty percent of pollution to the marine environment comes from the land” ( When pollutants from landfills and oil from cars makes it’s way into the dirt beneath us, and can erode into the ocean.20080925162156landfills This heavily pollutes it, and is one of the largest reasons we face the problem of Ocean Pollution today. Water pollution can also come from the pollutants we put into the air. These, over time, can slowly settle into rivers, and oceans, making even fresh water unsafe to drink. “Nonpoint source pollution (small pollutant sources) can make ocean water unsafe for humans and wildlife. In some areas, the pollution is so bad that it causes beaches to be closed after rainstorms” (

The trash we throw away also is a large part in the pollution we send into the ocean. As we know, much of the trash we throw away is made up of plastic. As plastic doesn’t wear out or break down for many years, it ends up just floating around in the ocean. Because plastic can’t be disposed of, it ends up in landfills, or just pushed into the ocean.plastic-012.jpg Fish and other marine animals can mistake this plastic for their food, and die because of it. In fact, many fish served in restaurants have eaten some form of plastic, and in turn, we do too. In fact, there is a belt of trash traveling along the ocean surface that is THE SIZE OF EUROPE. An estimated 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean each yer. If you’d like to learn more about the harmful production and disposing of plastic, please watch this video here:

If we don’t start protection our oceans soon, if we continue to remain careless about how much we waste and where this waste goes, it will surely lead to the end of humans and many other animals who live on this Earth along with us. The time for bystanding is over. We need to change our ways.



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Saving the Arctic

Recently I saw a video made by a YouTube channel called ASAP Science. It was about a trip they took to the arctic, where they could see the effects of pollution and climate change there firsthand. The sights they saw were jarring, and they clearly showed the profound effects that climate change had on the environment.

While this is not the official weekly post on problems with our Earth, I wanted to talk about it because I think it is very important. Occasionally, you can expect posts in between my scheduled weekly posts. Generally, they will be about topics I am passionate about or have just recently learned. They are more of a way to get my thoughts out then factual well-structured posts, so they might be more casual. Anyway, back to the topic at hand.

In asapSCIENCE’s video, they talked about the effect oil companies have on the indigenous people of the Arctic. The effects are massive, and can lead to complete changes to how they survive. This is unfair, as the people who contribute the least to Climate Change are the ones most affected by it. Essentially, large oil companies want to use “Seismic Blasts” to scout out oil in the Arctic. “Seismic Blasting” is when large oil rigs let out controlled blasts, similar to explosions, to try and find oil in the ocean. While at first it may not sound to harmful, it will have a profound effect on the animals there and the native people.

Many animals in the arctic survive off of echolocation, or the use of sound to maneuver in the water and catch pray. However, with large blasts going off in the ocean, about every 10 seconds, this can severely mess with the animal’s sense of direction. This will make it much harder for them to catch prey, and they might die off or migrate elsewhere.

And if the animals migrate elsewhere or die off, this can cause a severe problem for the people who live there. Most of their food comes from the wildlife around them. Keep in mind that they do not over hunt and are not wasteful, they need food to survive. However, if the animals migrate, they will no longer have animals to hunt, and as such, may starve.

I want to keep this post short, so if you care about this problem, or even if you don’t, I strongly urge you to sign the petition to stop seismic blasting in the arctic. This can be found here:  I would also recommend you become more informed with this problem, as I have not talked about everything in depth. Check out asapSCIENCE’s video here:

Thanks for reading

Solutions to Climate Change

If you saw last week’s post, then you know that we talked about the ever growing problem of Climate Change. If you haven’t seen it, then you can check it out here: Anyway, this week’s post is focused on the possible solutions to Climate Change. Now that we recognize the problem, how can we fix it?

Well it’s easier than you think. Simple changes to our lifestyles and how we consume items can lead to a drastic change in the amount of greenhouse gasses produced throughout the world. I used to think that these solutions could only be achieved through a large business making a change, that someone higher up would have to make a change before I did. This is not the case, and in fact, the truth is the exact opposite. If we as the consumer start to make changes to which products we buy and how we use them, it can change how much big corporations pollute. By choosingpollution-bad_fbd596fd1a506e77 to buy more eco-friendly products, such as foods that are not individually wrapped in plastic, it can force the hand of those who run the companies that make them. After all, we are the ones supporting these companies. Next time you head to a super-market to pick up groceries or necessary foods, consider this: If you purchase a certain company’s product, you say that you approve the product, no matter how it was made. By buying a product from a company that pollutes more than it should, you are saying that you support the means that company took to make your product. Always look for the more eco-friendly and healthy option when you are choosing which foods to buy.

Another simple solution to climate change comes through the way we use our devices. Many of them continue to use energy even when off, if not unplugged. So, instead of just turning off the computer or TV, make sure they are unplugged from any outlet. This can reduce the amount of energy we use drastically,Mobile-Devices-copy.jpg and in turn, the amount of greenhouse gasses produced. This also applies to leaving lights, air conditioning, or fans on. If you don’t need them, turn them off! Many times we forget just how long we can leave on a light or device. By consciously thinking about when we need them, the time spent consuming energy is drastically reduced. And here’s and added benefit: by cutting down on how much you use electronics, it can save you money too!  Using less electricity means a lower bill each month. With saving money and saving the world, there is no reason not to cut down on the amount of electricity we use.

smartphones-tablet-mobile-devices-100614073-primary-idgeThere are two final solutions that would help with climate change, but it would require more work from everybody. The first of these is putting a limit on how many children you have in a family. This one is a little more controversial, but could really help in the long run. Some countries have already put limits on how many children you can have in a family, and in my opinion this is a step in the right direction. By only having one or two children to each family, we can not only reduce climate, but also decrease the ever growing human population. It may sound morbid, but with less people in the world, there are less people to use electricity. In turn, less electricity and production of artificial food products means less greenhouse gasses emitted.

The last solution I will talk about in this post is about electric cars.The amount of pollution created by motor-vehicles is astronomical. Almost everybody uses cars to get where they need to go. However, there are more economically-friendly alternatives to using cars, and there are even solutions if you NEED to use a car. The first option is fairly obvious. Walking or biking to somewhere you have to go is a much more eco-friendly alternative to driving. You don’t use any energy or pollute, and in turn I feel you can appreciate nature more. However, it also takes longer, and is not practicalImage result for electric car if you need to travel very long distances. So what if you need to use a car? Well, there are two possible solutions. First, you can invest in an eco friendly or electric car. These cars usually end up lasting longer, and if they are efficient, they can pollute less as well. However, electric cars aren’t optimal, as the energy needed to power the car has to be produced, and that also creates greenhouse gasses. A better solution to this problem is to carpool. If you and a friend need to get to the same place, take one car instead of two. This halves the amount of pollution you produce, and if you switch off regularly, can make both of your cars last longer.

In conclusion, simple changes to your lifestyle, if adopted by everyone, can make a huge change in the direction our Earth is heading. Please take these options into consideration when making a choice that could potentially effect the environment, even if it isn’t on a large scale. If you’d like to learn more about possible solutions to climate change, make sure to check out this blog: If you enjoyed this article and what I do, make sure to follow me for weekly posts about the environment. Thanks for reading!

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The Problem (Part 1)

As this is only the second post of this blog, I find it important to educate others on exactly what the problem is in our environment. While almost all of us have a general idea on what climate change, deforestation, industrialization, and the like are, not many know of the specifics and the true scale of these problems. As such, I will be going through each individual problem and explaining themclimatechangeflashcard_0_0. Once we know what these problems are, we can begin to stop them. This is the beginning of a series of posts I hope to write, entitled “The Problem.” These posts won’t come right after another, but rather I plan to alternate between posts about various problems and posts about possible solutions.

The first problem on the list is climate change. Many people like to think of climate change, by another name, global warming. However, this doesn’t describe what is actually happening to our planet. While it is true that parts of the Earth is heating up due the amount of C02 in our atmosphere, climate change can even make things colder. Generally, the climate change that we are experiencing results in extremes, whether it be cool or hot. One of the largest arguments I hear from fellow classmates and friends around me regarding climate change is, “We’ve just had one of the coolest and snowiest winters two years ago!” If anything, this further proves that climate change is happening quickly. As stated earlier, climate change results in extreme weather, i.e. really cold or warm winters and summers. The normal climate of winter and summer can begin to shift, as we have clearly seen in the past two years. Two years ago, we had record breaking snowfalls and extremely cold temperatures. Yet, last year, snowfall, at least in the New England area, was minimal, and the winter was fairly warm throughout. This quick shift in norms is a clear sign that climate change is happening much faster than we think.


So how exactly does climate change occur? Well, firstly, climate change is normally a natural occurrence. It is normal to see slight changes in climate over the course of many years, scientists have seen it before on Earth. However, it starts to become unnatural when this change happens to quickly, when the hots and colds change too fast. When this happens, many problems start to occur. But why is the change suddenly accelerating? It all has to do with greenhouse gasses, as I’m sure most people have heard of. Like a slow climate change, greenhouse gasses are usually completely natural, and they are the reason that our temperature on Earth is regulated ( A few examples of greenhouse gasses are water vapor, carbon dioxide, and methane. All of these trap heat from the sun, and help to make sure our Earth doesn’t become too cool. However, with the recent industrialization of the past century, humans have begun to release their own greenhouse gasses through the burning of fossils fuels. congress_greenhouse_gases_73This releases carbon dioxide, which gets trapped in the atmosphere and in turn traps more heat. It’s estimated that every year, 281 gigatonnes of land ice melt every year due to climate change. The sea level also rises 3.5 millimeters per year because of the melting ice. ( While this change in sea level doesn’t seem like much, if it continues to rise it can easily begin to flood coastal areas like Florida in the next decade or so ( Climate change this fast can create unsuitable environments for plants that live in them. If the Earth continues to heat and cool so drastically, many plants won’t be able to survive. They’ll die off, and we’ll only be left with the hardiest plants that provide little resources to animals. In turn, many herbivores will also die off, leaving many species extinct.

These aren’t even all of the repercussions we need to worry about. Not only will many species go extinct, but it will affect humans too. By 2065, the average annual temperature in North America, Europe, and East Asia are estimated to increase by 2-4 degrees Celsius (35.6-39.2 degrees Fahrenheit!) ( Not only will this change how humans live, but it can affect how much violence there is in the world. If there is a 2 degree Celsius increase in temperature, it is estimated that violence around the world can increase by up to 50%. The change in climates can also result in warmerwinter_travel_anopheles areas up North, meaning Mosquitoes can affect many more people, leading to hundreds of thousand more deaths per year because of diseases like Malaria and Triple E.

These problems will only continue to increase over the coming years. Changing our ways is the only chance we have of saving the environment, ourselves, and the planet. While it seems like there is nothing we can do to save it, simple changes to our lifestyles, if adopted worldwide, can make a huge difference. We can still save our planet, if all of us are willing to put in the time.

Now you may be wondering, “What can I do to help?” There are many answers to this question, too many for this post, which is already getting too long. Look to my next post coming next week to see what you can do to decrease the production of harmful C02 in our atmosphere. If you like what you’ve seen, make sure to follow my blog as I plan to write more posts in similar fashion. Thanks for reading.


My Blog

summer_mountains_nature_lake_river_grass_93164_2560x1080I’d like to start this blog off with a few messages about why I am doing this, what it means, and what you can expect to see later. Some of this information is also in my About Section, so check that out if you can. Anyway, this blog started out as a small idea about a few months ago. I was taking a trip with my family to New Jersey, and along the way I saw many places that really made me think about the impact humans have on the Earth. Giant factories, power plants, and run down communities were just a few of the many places we saw. After that moment, I began to realize, “What have we done as humans that have helped the environment?” We’ve taken, but never really cared enough to give back. We’ve warped and destroyed the environment to supplement our wants and needs. It’s sad to see so pollutionmuch of it being used up so quickly, with no thought of the possible repercussions. Before we know it, nature will be gone, and we will be left with a barren Earth.

This blog hopes to combat the downward spiral that humans seem to have set for themselves. If we ever hope to repair the damage we have caused in our environment, then we need to make a change. So why hasn’t this change taken place already? Why haven’t we worked to solve our problems for the future? It all has to do with how we think. When confronted with a problem that requires severe change, many people turn away from the problem, and pretend it isn’t there. We distract ourselves with trivial things, and thus we never have time to focus on the real problems. I myself have done this many times. Humans make up excuses not to make change, and they hope that the change will be made for them, but it never has been. However, there are people who don’t turn away from these problems, who lead successful lives but still care about the footprint they leave on our Earth. Take,300x300for example, a man named Charlie Lord. He is the co-founder of an organization called ACE, or Alternatives for Community and Environment. Early in his life, he planned to study the law and open his own law firm. He succeeded in this, however with a slight change. He recognized the effect businesses around the world had on the environment, and he worked to combat this. By working with another lawyer, Bill Shutkin, he was able to create ACE, an organization that has been working to help poor communities and the environment for over 20 years now. If you would like to learn more about him, make sure to visit

Mr. Lord helps to illustrate a point that not many people realize. You don’t have to dedicate your whole life to a cause to make a change. Many people think that in order to help and make a change, you have to throw away anything else you have worked for and focus on one singular endeavor. This is not true, and in fact, nature1_gkmUB5Jit isn’t the best way to go about making change. In order to make a global change, everybody needs to help. We can’t have one person making the change for everybody. While it might work in the long run, time is running out for the environment. If everybody puts in the time and effort to make simple changes to their lifestyles, we can save our Earth.

That’s the whole point of this blog. We need to educate people on the problem’s of our Earth, and how to fix them. Ignoring these problems is no longer an option, and we need to take action. If you agree with anything I’ve said in this first blog post, then I hope you follow my blog to see more, as I plan to post about more structured topics every week. This is just the start of what I hope ends up as a community striving to make the world better. Thank you for taking the time to read this post, and let’s make a change!