Major environmental issues are plentiful. It seems that everything to do with the environment is an issue for someone. And in the way that only a world saturated with modern media can achieve, every issue has its own passionate advocates and naysayers each with an expert spot on a newscast.
This makes real environmental issues hard to pick — and the scale really matters.
Imagine this situation. You come across an idyllic country cottage and it’s going for a song and you just have to buy it on an impulse because it would renovate beautifully.
What could possibly go wrong? Finance, builders, tradesmen, planning permission maybe, but surely nothing environmental…
This cozy cottage is a great example of the NIMBY problem — not in my backyard — and it shows that scale is central to understanding all environmental issues.
Most major environmental issues usually happen at scale. They affect our economic and social systems rather than our backyard — except we are most concerned about our backyard [after ourselves].
This common conundrum is hard to pin down but is explained as you sift through the pages on Ask Alloporus
land use change, in this case for grazing, can alter the balance of natural capital | farmland in the central tablelands of NSW, Australia
Most major environment issues either have a
global impact [importance of agriculture, climate change, biodiversity conservation]
or are a genuine
local problem [environmental pollution, floods, odour, waste]
or are really
drivers that alter the ability of the environment to deliver goods and services [population, consumerism, land degradation].
Everyone has a slightly different list of environmental issues.
Priorities differ and sometimes the same topic will have more than one label, so it is not easy to pin down what actually is important.
Here is Ask Alloporus top 5 issues…
What we like about this list is that they are fixable. Each issue is within our capability and capacity to resolve — should we choose to do so.
Plus if we fix them, then many other issues are fixed or at least become less prevalent [some forms of pollution, invasive species, pests, etc…]
Fixes will not be easy. They may cost both financially and in lost opportunity but they are within our power.
The lists could get shorter.
Click through on these links for more details on major environmental issues…
reliable water quality is essential for for wildlife | pelican on estuarine lake in southern NSW, Australia
upland water quality can decline if too much vegetation is cleared or mining activities are not controlled | fast flowing stream in the highlands of Papua New Guinea
Jul 26, 15 07:19 AM
Global environmental issues fall into three broad categories based on the extent of their effects. Thinking this way helps us to know when the issue is real.
Jul 26, 15 06:59 AM
The GFC hit hard and fast, reverberating through economies everywhere. There are a number of ways that this impact fuelled environmental issues.
Jul 26, 15 05:47 AM
Fracking is drilling and injection of liquid to fracture deep rock layers and release natural gas. It is similar to drilling for oil but far more controversial — find out why.