Why natural resources matter
24 April 2009

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.

Did you know?

A third of the world's food crops rely on bees for pollination. [i] Yet bees are under serious threat as a result of intensive farming.[ii]

 > Why forests matter

[i] Economics for the Environment Consultancy (EFTEC), The economic, social and ecological value of ecosystem services a literature review, p2.
[ii] British Beekeepers' Association


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