So the basic concept is this; the environment is the foundation of all living life. It’s where we source all of our raw material used to help us live, survive and thrive on spaceship Earth (reference to Disney’s Epcot). To me this would seem enough of a reason to love, cherish and care for it, after all there’s no life on Earth without it.
Let’s take water for example; have you ever considered how important water really is?
Water is absolutely essential for life, without water life cannot and does not exist. The water you drink today has likely been around in one form or another since dinosaurs roamed the Earth, hundreds of millions of years ago.
While the amount of fresh water on the planet has remained fairly constant over time—continually recycled through the atmosphere and back into our cups—the population has exploded. This means that every year, competition for a clean, copious supply of water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and sustaining life intensifies.
Whilst water may seem abundant as it is present on 71% of the planet’s surface, only 2.5% of that is classed as fresh water. Even then, just 1 percent of our fresh water is easily accessible, with much of it trapped in glaciers and snowfields. In essence, only 0.007 percent of the planet's water is available to fuel and feed its 6.8 billion people.
Where water brings life, life brings beauty and all passengers on Spaceship Earth need water to survive. From a human perspective, water's contributions are almost endless. The human body itself is made up of 60% water and can only exist for 5-7 days without it. Without water, all mammals are subject to dehydration, a serious and potentially life-threatening condition in which the body contains an insufficient volume of water for normal functioning.
Not only is the human body 60 percent water, the resource is also essential for producing food, clothing, and computers, moving our waste stream, and keeping us and the environment healthy.
Unfortunately, humans have proved to be inefficient water users. (The average hamburger takes 2,400 liters, or 630 gallons, of water to produce, and many water-intensive crops, such as cotton, are grown in arid regions.)
From macro perspective, the vast oceans that cover this magical planet use water to help regulate the climate by not only absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere, effectively “scrubbing” and purifying the air we breathe, but thanks to its amazing thermal properties, the oceans are able to absorb heat from the sun which is then released back into the environment during the cold nights. This ensures the Earth is well insulated and able to sustain life.
According to the United Nations, water use has grown at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century. By 2025, an estimated 1.8 billion people will live in areas plagued by water scarcity, with two-thirds of the world's population living in water-stressed regions as a result of use, growth, and climate change.
I’ll try and keep this one brief as I’ve already unloaded my thoughts in the previous section.
A report from the World Health Organization (WHO) found that nearly a quarter of children under the age of five, almost 1.7 million children, will die from preventable environmental conditions.
Of the 1.7 million children mentioned previously it is estimated that 570,000 of these children will suffer from exposure to air pollutants and indoor pollution leading to a greater likelihood they will develop chronic respiratory diseases later in life, and believe it or not, developing nations are most at risk of exposure to air pollution.
Whilst a human can spend approximately one month without food (although they may be very hangry) and 5-7 days without water, we would only survive for a few minutes if all the air was removed.
A 2014 study from WHO found that, 98 percent of cities with more than 100,000 people do not have access to safe air conditions. This is particularly deadly for young children as their developing organs and immune systems, make them especially vulnerable to dirty air.
Furthermore the report also suggest that women who come in contact with the unsafe environmental conditions during pregnancy also have a greater likelihood of delivering premature babies. The report found that 270,000 children died within their first month of life from exposure to preventable environmental hazards such as unsafe air.
I often find myself perplexed as to how multinational organizations are able to flood the atmosphere with harmful particulates that are often well documented and well known to cause breathing difficulties with little to compensation to the population!
The atmosphere and the air within should be protected as, it is in my view, a god given right to all living beings.
On a lighter note, besides, the absolute importance of air from a biological point of view, it is now considered one of the main sources of renewable energy and an extremely valuable resource for the future of energy production. 2016/17 saw the UK produce more energy from inexhaustible renewable energy than at any time in its past and, on only a few occasions, has wind out-supplied coal and nuclear in providing British homes with clean energy (the majority of UK energy is still supplied via nonrenewable sources).
I could quite easily continue discussing the absolute impertinence of each and every component of the environment until the sun comes down, in fact we have barely even scratched the surface!
The reality of the situation is this: the planet gives us all the natural resources we need to feed ourselves, keep us warm, build our homes, and enjoy ourselves taking full advantage of everything this amazing planet has to offer.
Having said all this, it’s easy to figure that when we run out of natural resources, we are putting ourselves and our species at risk. By not caring for the environment and stripping it of its natural ability to regenerate in the aid of maximizing yield and profitability, we are stripping ourselves and our future generations of any chance they might have to appreciate this majestic planet. In the end, the only people to blame will be ourselves.
The deterioration in which the environment has been suffering, requires us to assume responsibility for environmental pollution and the dangers it poses to the development of our society. It is important that we do not see it as a simple satisfying objective that requires fixing, but we must recognize the matter and make it meaning full for all of us.
Worrying about the environment today means worrying about better living conditions for the generations of the future.
We at Tiny Candle Co are absolutely passionate about the environment! Every decision we make, every product we produce and every single opportunity we get we try to ensure that we minimise our impact on the environment, both during production and consumption. In fact wherever we can, we want to give back to the environment not take away! We aren’t satisfied with being good guardians we want to be great guardians! Protecting the future for all to enjoy.