Why natural resources matter
A healthy planet is our life-support system. But life on Earth faces serious threats - from rainforest destruction to climate change.
Here's what the Earth gives us:
- Fresh water
- Healthy soil
- Breathable air.
It's easy to forget that these freebies rely on things like rainforests and oceans - being on top form.
But the fact is these vital natural resources are being damaged or destroyed.
Here's what's happening:
- The climate is changing
- Precious natural habitats - including tropical forests - are being trashed
- Species are becoming extinct faster than at any time since the dinosaurs died out.
The benefits we get from healthy natural resources are at risk.
And our life-support systems turn out to be difficult to replace. Economists say we couldn't afford to pay for them.
It would take more money than we have in the world.
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