The regions with the biggest impact are… the United States, the European Union and Japan. The European Union and the United States carry an especially big threat to marine life in Southeast Asia. This is where wildlife has been hit hard by also every country in the world. In the areas that are under threat the most, rich biodiversity comes together with heavy economic activity. Most likely, this excludes the United States and Europe because biodiversity has already been greatly decreased by human populations.
To help reduce the damage, consumers can demand more sustainably sourced goods with adequate labeling” Dr. Moran says. Most impact comes from food and fiber products, for example palm oil, unsustainably produced coffee and tea, paper, lumber and cotton. The map has limits though, and does not track the density of threats to any species specifically.
Analysis of Article: This content is noteworthy because truly I do not know who thinks about the production of the new sweater they are buying from Nordstrom or the bundles of food they are buying from Stop & Shop. All of these daily products have incredibly deadly effects on our planet's biodiversity. These maps allow people to understand and see the harsh and damaging effects that we, as humans, have had on our environment. That we may not even notice. Steps that must be taken in order for this to work is, the education of the people living amongst us. People should have to take either an Environmental Science course, or something to further educate themselves on how to live a environmentally healthy life.
Big Take Away: I chose this article because I never knew what awful impacts the human population use of daily goods has on the environment. I could not believe that the United States has one of the worst impacts on the habitats of endangered species based on what we buy. My family and I try to live an environmentally friendly life but I think that the others around us including myself need to do a better job. It is sad to think that we are hurting and damaging the habitats of species for our daily products. I would have never thought about the manufacturing process of the shoes I am wearing today, and how badly it can hurt the environment. I am sure many people do not think about that either so it is important for people to become educated on this topic. I hope that these maps are an eye-opener for many and they are able to change their lifestyle in order to help those in need!