Helping Shape Your Future

Since 1986

Helping Shape Your Future

Since 1986

Safeguarding theme of the month:

environmental awareness

Environmental awareness means exactly what you may think: an awareness around the natural environment and the choices that either promote its well-being or cause it more harm. It is also the awareness that the earth is in need of protection for its survival.

Environmental awareness

What are the current environmental issues in the UK?

Due to climate change; rising seawater temperatures and exploitation of marine resources led to a serious loss of quality in UK marine ecosystems. Air pollution, climate change, litter, waste, and soil contamination are all a part of the human activity that create these environmental issues in the UK

5 Major Environmental Issues:

  • Air Pollution. We’re already noticing several lung diseases due to the polluted air that we breathe.
  • Deforestation
  • Water Pollution
  • Ozone Layer Depletion
  • Loss of Biodiversity

Environmental Awareness - Points to consider!

1. It’s Warming

Right now, annual global average temperature is about 1° Celsius (1.9°F) hotter than pre-industrial levels.

2. It’s Us

Human beings are causing climate change, largely by burning fossil fuels

3. We’re Sure

An overwhelming 97% of scientists agree that climate change is being caused by human greenhouse gas emissions.
4. It’s Bad

Global map of climate impacts from climatesignals.org 1˚C of warming has already resulted in devastating impacts across the planet.

5. We Can Fix It.

The basic facts of climate crisis are grim: the vast majority of fossil fuel reserves need to stay in the ground for us to stay below 1.5°C* of warming and fossil fuel companies aren’t going to do that without a fight. We’re not alone — the worldwide movement to stop the climate crisis and resist the fossil fuel industry is growing stronger every day.

In October 2021, just ahead of the COP26 UN Climate conference in Glasgow, three-quarters (75%) of adults in Great Britain said they were worried about the impact of climate change, according to the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS’) Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN).

Just over two-fifths (43%) reported feeling anxious about the future of the environment more widely in the past month. Women were more likely to report worry about both the impact of climate change and anxiety about the future of the environment than men. Adults who reported being worried about the impact of climate change were three times more likely to have made a lot of changes to their lifestyle in response to the issue than those who were relatively unworried.
In the survey, people were also asked to describe in their own words how they feel about the future of the environment. Some common themes were identified in the responses, such as:
  • people’s concern for their family and future generations
  • anxiety and helplessness
  • the expense of making eco-friendly changes.

Environmental facts:

  1. Around 27,000 trees are cut down each day
  2. Humans use only 1% of all available water
  3. 78% of marine mammals are at risk of choking on plastic
  4. On average, one supermarket goes through 60 million paper bags each year.
  5. A glass bottle can take up to 1 million years to decompose.
  6. Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a normal light bulb for about four hours.

Key dates to consider:

World Ocean Day

8th June

World Refill Day

16th June

Plastic Free July logo

Plastic Free July

1st July to 31st July

Plastic Bag Free Day

3rd July

Further information can be obtained from:

350.org logo

350.org Science - 350.org

Friends of the earth logo

Friends of the Earth

The Wildlife Trusts logo

The Wildlife Trusts

Green Alliance

If you would like to speak to our safeguarding team about any of the related issues; or if you have any Safeguarding concerns, please contact a member of the team.

Paul Sheron

Paul Sheron

Safeguarding &
Prevent Lead

paul-sheron@nwcsltd.uk
tel: 0151 521 5888
mobile: 07548 840156

Annette Swinnerton

Annette Swinnerton

Deputy Safeguarding Officer /
Mental Health Lead

annette-swinnerton@nwcsltd.uk
tel: 0151 521 5888
mobile: 07821 640 050

Sylvia Jones

Call us now on 0151 521 5888

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