These Photos of Earth Perfectly Capture How We Still Have A Chance

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There’s no denying it; humans have caused mass destruction to wildlife and nature in order to make a few bucks. However, nothing comes without consequence. In 2017, tropical regions lost 15.8 million hectares of forests from deforestation, making it the second worst year on record.

This equates to losing 40 football fields of trees per minute for a whole year.

Of course, deforestation is only one of dozens of factors affecting climate change. The Weather Channel lists plastic in the oceans, rising sea levels, extreme weather, threats to wildlife, warming temperatures, climate refugees, famines, water supply and quality, climate-related illnesses, and wildfires as other concerns.

This is a big pill to swallow, of course. How can we reduce our impact on the planet and live in such a way that benefits us as well as nature? We don’t have all the answers, but we do know that as much strain as we put on the Earth, it continues to fight back.

The following photos of Earth prove that we still have a chance:

<em>”Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson </em>

1. In this area clearly affected by a drought, one tree still remains.

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2. In 18 years, look how much can change when humans put their energy toward saving the planet.

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3. What was once a land exploited by the logging industry is now a thriving farm in Brazil.

 

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4. From desert to forest – look how much can change in a year!

 

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These photos of Earth continue to inspire us and show us what is possible when we put our efforts into rebuilding rather than destroying.

5. This is what happens after 16 years of putting orange juice byproducts back into the Earth.

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6. After 6 years of restoring land in Madagascar, the results are astounding.

 

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7. When we work with nature instead of against it, everyone benefits.

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8. “Vertical forests” like these might be the way of the future as food scarcity continues to rise.

 

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9. This tree defies human encroachment by growing right through a speed limit sign. Amazing!

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10. Reforestation efforts in Haiti seem to be going well!

 

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As you can see from these photos of Earth, we are not totally doomed. We can take action and create a sustainable planet where all life can thrive. The choice lies in our hands. We might have been destroying our home, but only we can rebuild it.

Which of these photos of Earth were your favorite? Share with us in the comments below!

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