Every year, the Earth yields billions of tons of natural resources. Of the Earth’s natural resources, we tend to think of six as the most important – water, air, oil, natural gas, coal and minerals. These resources represent the foundation of our very existence. All our food, all our sustenance, all our belongings ultimately come from these six elements. These resources are finite and rapidly running out. Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever. We are carelessly using the earth’s natural resources without thinking about what will replace them, while billions of tons of waste pour into landfill sites every year.
The last decade has been the hottest on record, and we are now facing a climate emergency of unparalleled proportions. If we don’t make significant and rapid changes, we will see continued rising global temperatures, the melting of icecaps, continents on fire and rapid deforestation.
This directly affects humanity with increased poverty, immigration from displaced communities, job losses, waste mountains and natural habitats disappearing. We have the power to make lasting changes to combat this, and with recycling being recognized in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030, we are already seeing many individuals, governments and organizations taking direct action to support the global green agenda.
Recycling is a key part of the circular economy, helping to protect our natural resources and helps to:
Combat climate change
• Each and every year, the Seventh Resource (recyclables) saves over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions
• The Seventh Resource offsets all CO2 emissions generated by the aviation industry annually
Boosts local employment around the world
• Approximately 1.6 million people worldwide are employed in processing recyclables
• The annual contribution of the recycling industry towards the global GDP is projected to exceed $400 billion in the next 10 years
• $20 million dollars is invested each year by the industry into job creation, improving recycling efficiency and environmental impact.
Conserve the earth’s six precious primary resources
• Humans have consumed more resources in the last 50 years than in all previous history
• The Seventh Resource (recycled materials) supplies 40% of the world’s raw material needs.
We can all act to help our wonderful planet. Adopt an eco-sustainable lifestyle, use renewables, walk or use the bike or public transport, eat local organic vegan food, reduce, reuse, recycle, plant trees, do not use plastic!
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