Living For the Planet

There are many people involved in all walks of life who have the ability to inspire us. As role models they have the potential to influence all who come into contact with them in a positive way. We see the link between these people and their inspiring work, to connect others to the wider world and the issues that exist within in. We hope you’ll be inspired by the people listed here who share our passions.

Some of the Issues Include:

  • Climate Change
  • Food
  • Human Population
  • Habitat Destruction

Please see below for links and information on the above issues.

Play Your Part

With problems as global as habitats and species being at risk, it can be hard to see how one human being can make any real impact. But you can play your part. And inspire others to play their part too. And together, even small changes can add up to something that makes a difference. See below for some suggestions and ideas for how you can help to play your part.

Climate Change

Climate change extinctions and ecosystem damage – Greenpeace

Years of Living Dangerously – James Cameron

The Climate Reality Project

App Shows Kids How Their Dinner Affects the Planet – Take Part

Human Rights and Climate Change – My Green Pod

Food

“When cattle ranchers clear rain forests to raise beef to sell to fast-food chains that make hamburgers to sell to Americans, who have the highest rate of heart disease in the world (and spend the most money per GNP on health care), we can say easily that business is no longer developing the world. We have become its predator.” – Paul Hawken

Cowspiracy – The Facts

UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet – The Guardian

Effects of Food Production on the Environment – Land Roots

Environment – Sustainable Table

Scientists Point to Pesticides as Culprit in Honeybee Die-Offs – EcoCentric

Impacts of Industrial Agriculture – Sustainable Table

The Triple Whopper Environmental Impact of Global Meat Production – Time Science

EU Decision-Makers Draw a Line Under Deep-Sea Bottom Trawling – Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

Why I took the plunge at last and converted (almost) to veganism – George Monbiot

Human Population

Video: David Attenborough – Are We Changing Life on Earth?

Population Matters

The seven deadly things we’re doing to trash the planet (and human life with it) – The Guardian

Earth Overshoot Day

Demographic Dividend (PDF) – Population Matters

Habitat Destruction

Video: Jane Goodall – Overpopulation in the Developing World

CHAPPARAL

The chaparral biome is a part of each continent and consists of various types of terrain including mountains and plains. It shares many similarities with desert such as both being hot and dry,but receives more rainfall per year than the desert.

Chaparral – Blue Planet Biomes

DESERTS

Four major types of deserts – hot and dry, semiarid, coastal, and cold cover about 20% of the Earth, an ecosystem that forms due to the low level of rainfall it receives.

Desert – Blue Planet Biomes

FORESTS & RAINFOREST

The world’s woodlands are damaged or destroyed at a rate of more than 50 million square miles a year which means many species which survive there are under threat.

Deciduous biomes are located primarily in the eastern half of the United States, Canada, Europe, parts of Russia, China, and Japan. The average temperature is 50 degrees F and rainfall is 30 to 60 inches a year. In winter water freezes and is unavailable to plants and animals who must survive cold winters and hot summers. The leaves of plants fall off leaving animals with less cover to hide themselves from predators. Plants, like evergreens, keep their leaves during the winter and have special adaptations to stay alive.

Tropical rainforests are one of the oldest biomes on Earth and cover about 7% its surface. They contain about half of all known species of plants and (mainly tree dwelling) animals. The majority of whom are insects. Year round rainfall reaches up to 400 inches, temperature remains between 70 and 85° F and the water vapour this produces falls as rain elsewhere. In addition the forest is responsible for the major part of the oxygen in the air we breathe.

Forest – Blue Planet Biomes

Rainforest – Blue Planet Biomes

Kids Saving the Rainforest

Trees For Life

Fight for the Forest

GRASSLANDS

A grassland is a region where the average annual precipitation is great enough to support grasses, and in some areas a few trees.
Grassland biomes are large, rolling terrains of grasses, flowers and herbs.
Latitude, soil and local climates for the most part determine what kinds of plants grow in a particular grassland.

Grasslands – Blue Planet Biomes

MOUNTAINS

The mountain biome is not usually described in other references because a variety of other biomes exist within it (such as grasslands at the base of a mountain, coniferous forest at the centre of the mountain, and the tundra found at the top of the mountain).

Alpine – Blue Planet Biomes

Mountain Habitat & Animals

Mountains

OCEANS

70.8% of the Earth is covered by water.
How to End Overfishing in the EU: a Whiteboard Explainer – PEW

UK Coastal Wildlife, Photographs

2 Minute Beach Clean

More Ocean Less Plastic – 5 Gyres

CATLIN Sea Survey

Sea Shepherd

Sea the Truth – Documentary

Habitats:

Islands – Wildscreen Arkive

Ocean Acidification – Wildscreen Arkive

Rocky Shores, UK – Wildscreen Arkive

Sandy Shores, UK – Wildscreen Arkive

RIVERS

A river is a natural flowing watercourse, usually freshwater, flowing towards an ocean, sea, lake or another river. In some cases a river flows into the ground and becomes dry at the end of its course without reaching another body of water.

Rivers are part of the hydrological cycle. Water generally collects in a river from precipitation through a drainage basin from surface runoff and other sources such as groundwater recharge, springs, and the release of stored water in natural ice and snowpacks (e.g. from glaciers).

Environmental Issues of River and Lake Pollution – Love to KnowInternational Rivers

China’s Rivers: Frontlines for Chemical Wastes – Worldwide Institute

SAVANNA

The savanna biome is an area that has a very dry season and then a very wet season.
They are situated between a grassland and a forest and can also overlap with other biomes. There are savannas located in Africa, South America, India, and Australia., the largest being located in Africa.

Because of the long dry season plants there have had to adapt by storing water in their roots or extending long roots deep into the ground to recover water from the water table. It is mostly made up of grass but there are a few trees. The abundant grass attracts grazing animals such as elephants, zebras, gazelles, and buffalo. However the extended periods of wet and dry seasons means the availability of food changes throughout the year and during the dry season many individual animals do not survive.

The savanna biome receives about 59 inches of rain mainly during the wet season. If the rainfall decreases and/or the temperature increases, the animals and plants will not be able to continue to survive. The animals and plants are extremely dependent upon each other for a food supply and if one species of animal is removed, the entire ecosystem is dramatically altered.

 Although there are various types of soil in the savanna biome, it is not suitable for farming.

Savanna – Blue Planet Biomes

TAIGA

The taiga is found throughout the high northern latitudes, between the tundra, and the temperate forest, from about 50°N to 70°N, but with considerable regional variation in the countries of Russia, Mongolia, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, United States, Canada and Scotland.

Taiga – Blue Planet Biomes

TUNDRA

The term tundra comes through Russian тундра from the Kildin Sami word tūndâr “uplands”, “treeless mountain tract”. The tundra biome is at the top of the world — around the North Pole. Tundra ecosystems are treeless regions found in the Arctic and on the tops of mountains, where the climate is cold and windy and rainfall is scant.
It is a biome where the tree growth is hindered by low temperatures and short growing seasons. It covers an area of 11.56 million km².

Tundra – Blue Planet Biomes

Tundra Threats – National Geographic

Arctic Tundra – Born Free

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