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Habitat Loss

With 7.2 billion people on the planet its not surprising we have destroyed the habitat of other species to make way for our homes, our industry, our food etc.   Forests, Wetlands, Sea floors, Grasslands etc and the species that live within these ecosystems have been the victims of our expansion in growth and geography..

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Climate change

Climate Change will impact us all.  Predictions are for increased severity and occurrence of extreme weather events; rising sea levels; habitat destruction (ie. coral reefs); species extinctions will upset ecological balance further; our food systems will be impacted.  The science is in, its real and we best start dealing with it.    

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Over Consumption

The past 50 years has seen a massive jump in the expectations of people in the minority world about what we need to live.  20% of the world’s population (us) consumes 80% of the world’s resources. Resources essentially to process, make and then store our stuff.  The generations before were thrifty with the things they had, and goods were built to last.  We now live in a throw away society, where it is cheaper to buy a new printer than to replace ink cartridges.  We have overshot the carrying capacity of this planet; yet more and more people aspire to the lifestyles of consumption.  The earth can not sustain 7.2 billion people living as we do.  Simplify Simplify Simplify..  ‘we’ need to learn to share, as we teach our children to.    

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Biodiversity Matters

Biodiversity is the Diversity of the Biosphere. The thin rim of life that exists on the very outer edge of the planet.  Biodiversity ensures strength and resilience against disease and natural disasters.  Diversity is like a tapestry; one thread only needs to be pulled and the tapestry unravels.  Humans have systematically destroyed habitats across the planet, causing species extinction.  We are not just touching the web of life, we are tearing great holes in it.