Environment world review of the year: '2011 rewrote the record books' | LEARNING & TEACHING - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT | Scoop.it
The ecologically tumultuous year saw record greenhouse gas emissions, melting Arctic sea ice, natural disasters and extreme weather – and the world's second worst nuclear disaster...

Brazil showing deforestation in the Amazon region had fallen to the lowest level for 23 years. Extremes of heat and cold in the US, droughts heatwaves in Europe and Africa and record numbers of weather-related natural disasters. The world continued to warm throughout 2011. The Arctic sea ice hit a record low. 2011 was described as the "year of the tornado". The worst drought led to the death of thousands of people and millions of animals in Somalia and the Horn of Africa. Major earthquakes hit Argentina, Chile, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tonga, Burma, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Sulawesi, Fiji and New Zealand. But by far the most damaging quake was the one that led to Japan's deadly tsunami on 11 March. It killed 15,500 people, caused the meltdowns of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

I feel a huge sad feeling when I read about these records. It's hard to fight against Mother Nature. On the other side, I belive that Governments and Educators together should expand their programmes to raise awareness on the protection of the environment. There are many things we can do as individuals, participate in events organized by Greenpeace, or asa ctive citizen in everyday life.