5 Environmental Crises To Care About

By Mickey Z., Planet Green

Imagine for a minute if corporate-sponsored mouthpieces like Limbaugh and O’Reilly were correct on either of these points:

  • Global warming is a hoax
  • Humans are not responsible for climate change

Well, guess what? It wouldn’t change the green movement’s primary mission. Because while some waste valuable time debating deniers, every 24 hours:

  • 13 million tons of toxic chemicals are released across the globe
  • Over 100 plant or animal species go extinct
  • 200,000 acres of rainforest are destroyed
  • 45,000 humans die of starvation

And that’s just the tip of the melting iceberg…

Climate change, of course, connects to many of the pressing green issues but our eco-system would be in peril even if the deniers are right. We’d still have 80 percent of the world’s forests gone. We’d still have 90 percent of the large fish in the ocean gone. In other words, we’d still have an urgent need to dismantle industrial civilization and work towards a greener future.

Next: 5 eco-problems Al Gore may never make a movie about (but should)

5 Eco-problems (of Many) Al Gore May Never Make a Movie About (But Should)

1. Nuclear Waste

Imagine tomorrow that global warming were reversed, slaughterhouses shuttered and closed, pesticides banned, and the auto industry no longer received corporate welfare. Even as we celebrated, the reality would remain: radiation is forever. The half-life of DDT in the environment is 15 years — which is bad enough — but the half-life of uranium-235 is 704 million years; and for uranium-238, it’s about 4.47 billion years.

Note to Al Gore: Stop supporting nuclear power.

Take Action: Learn why nuclear power is not and can never be clean energy.

2. Factory Farming

For just a snapshot of what this insane institution can do to the environment, we’ll turn to PETA:

  • Each day, factory farms produce billions of pounds of manure, which ends up in lakes, rivers, and drinking water.
  • Of all the agricultural land in the U.S., 80% is used to raise animals for food and grow the grain to feed them — that’s almost half the total land mass of the lower 48 states.
  • Chickens, pigs, cattle, and other animals raised for food are the primary consumers of water in the U.S.; for example, it takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of cow flesh, whereas it takes about 180 gallons of water to make 1 pound of whole wheat flour.

Note to Al Gore: Why were burgers and hot dogs sold at the Live Earth concerts?

Take Action: Go vegan.

3. Deforestation

Deforestation, put simply, is the permanent destruction of indigenous forests and woodlands. Greenpeace tells us that an area of natural forest the size of a football field is being chopped down every two seconds. The Nature Conservancy adds that over 32 million acres of the planet’s natural forests are lost each year due to logging, much of it illegal. Other reasons (sic) for deforestation cattle grazing, agriculture, mining, oil extraction, population expansion, dams, pipelines and other infrastructure projects.

Note to Al Gore: Without trees, we’re doomed.

Take Action: Recognize the connection between what we eat and why trees are clear cut.

4. Overfishing

“Populations of top predators, a key indicator of ecosystem health, are disappearing at a frightening rate,” explains Greenpeace, “and 90 percent of the large fish … have been fished out since large scale industrial fishing began in the 1950s.” The connection between human survival and the oceans has never felt more vital.

Note to Al Gore: You shouldn’t have served endangered Chilean Sea Bass at your daughter’s wedding.

Take Action: Transition away from fish in your diet.

5. The Use of Pesticides

“Prior to World War II, annual worldwide use of pesticides ran right around zero,” says author Derrick Jensen. “By now it’s 500 billion tons, increasing every year.” As a result of such a massive toxic overload, about 860 Americans suffer from pesticide poisoning every single day; that’s almost 315,000 cases per year. Worldwide, the death rate from pesticide poisonings is more than 200,000 per year.

Note to Al Gore: Those tobacco farms used an awful lot of pesticides.

Take Action: Go organic.

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Ashley R.
Ashley R.4 years ago

If anyone is looking to watch some interesting documentaries about this check out these two...

"Acid Test" - it's all about how our oceans are becoming acidified due to the greenhouse effect.

"The 11th Hour" - this is about everything going on, and TRULY mind-blowing. I found myself wanting to do anything to help after watching this.

Here is the trailer for 11th Hour - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IBG2V98IBY

Here is a link to watch the entire movie "Acid Test"

Nazia Y.
Past Member 4 years ago


Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M.4 years ago

I sign and note many posts, because I feel I a learning a lot, and some points help me to see that I can make a small difference.I don't buy hardly any green products as from care2 I have learned how to make my own...kudos to them!!! It does not scare me to read about what is going on in the world, I guess because I have known since young that too much money brings greed, crime, graft, corruption, drives politics and on and on. The people running the nations spend most of their time nit picking and in - fighting to make sure whoever helped to put them in get what they want. We should have biologists, botanists, geologists, scientists and the list can go on of special people who are interested in Mother Earth running our countries!

Colin Hope
Colin Hope4 years ago


Lydia S.
Lydia S.4 years ago

James P wrote: "Are the readers stating "thanks", "excellent" and " "good points" actually reading the facts quoted in the article. If so, this is scary'.

Indeed, James, it IS scary ... this is precisely why POLITICIANS/elitists in power, are able to lead the people by their noses & make a PROFIT on their stupidity!

"Global warming" started as "Global cooling" when I was a young woman in the 70's -- all the prophets of doom predicted "glaciers moving south", "temperatures dropping", "coming ice age"!


When that was debunked, after a little time passed -- we started "warming"! After "climate gate", "global warming" became "Climate Change" -- which became CLIMATE "DISRUPTION"!


And as politicians decide on how best to "tackle this" & propose "Carbon Footprint" taxes and "Cap & Trade" (read "TAX"), the BUFFOON who came up with all this "inconvenient" rubbish, has a footprint SEVENTEEN TIMES GREATER than the rest of us!


Lydia S.
Lydia S.4 years ago

Continued ...

Since his film, lots of "inconvenient truths" have been discovered, but Al Gore is unwilling to respond to any questions!




Fascinating articles below, especially the 1st from a Canadian source:



The "science" of global warming has been unraveling for years, but one of the most glaring revelations came in 2007, when a UK High Court judge considered "the science" behind the 2006 Academy Award winning movie “Inconvenient Truth.” THE JUDGE RULED THAT THE MOVIE CONTAINED NINE "SIGINIFICANT ERRORS" & RULED IT A "POLITICAL" MOVIE -- NOT a "science movie"!

Anyone aware of the 10:10 movement?! No pressure ... click on the link below!


HL Mencken predicted: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

Enough said!

Kelly M.
Kelly R.4 years ago

Shared on Facebook...
The statistics are shocking. I had an idea, but wow.

Girl Upnorth
.4 years ago

Thank you for the interesting article.

Ruth R.
Ruth R.4 years ago


Jack C.
Jack C.4 years ago

The climate or weather doesn't care whether man lives or dies and nothing we can do will change the weather patterns. If the solar system decides to freeze us to death, it will happen,same is true if it decides to burn us to death.