What is the environment? The definition is really broad, because environment is everything around you. Look around you: what do you see? People, animals, plants, the earth, all these things together form the environment. This means that it covers a really broad topic: it goes from access to a safe and clean place to play, to the use of plastic bags, to protection against natural disasters such as floods or droughts.
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What is the problem with the environment? Well what is the problem with the environment? A lot is going on around us, our climate is changing. People often have very different opinions on what exactly is happening, but the fact is that the climate is changing, therefore the environment is changing. This has major consequences. Let’s take a look at some facts about the environment:
Why is the environment important for children? Climate change and its consequences for the environment has a huge impact, especially for children. For example, children are more vulnerable to be victims of natural disasters. Think about pollution: many species of animals and plants are endangered by it. Some of those species will not exist anymore when children are adults. And this is not all: children are bearing the consequences of this phenomenon, and the most vulnerable are the ones suffering the most. These are children with disabilities, girls and children from minorities. This means that climate change is also the cause of the growing inequality between children.  The most important thing to remember is this: Children are the future! This means that the damage that is being done to the environment today, children have to live with in the future. That is why it is important for children to be educated and aware about the environment, so that they can change their own behavior. Moreover, they should be able to participate in the discussion on what has to be done to make a sustainable development possible.
What can you do for the environment? There are many things you can do for the environment.