Eco Issues Overview

If we’re going to help save the planet, it helps to understand what’s wrong with the planet in the first place.

In this section, we look at the major environmental issues you’re likely to hear about in the media. It provides some background information to help you understand why the actions outlined in the ‘What you can do’ section are important.

It’s an advantage to understand what terms like ‘global warming’, ‘ecological footprint’ and ‘biodiversity’ really mean, so you can put your efforts into perspective. In addition, environmental issues, particularly climate change, are among the post pressing in this modern era. The future is in our hands. It is our responsibility as global citizens to make sure we’re informed and making informed choices.

Several key issues are listed in the left navigation menu. If you would like a particular topic covered in the future, let us know via

Information in these Eco Issues pages is adapted from the ‘Hot Topics’ section of Tanya Ha’s book Greeniology. Read it to find out about other issues, such as salinity, acid rain, aquaculture and litter; and what you can do about them.