The problems caused by sand mining are so grave, so damaging to ecosystems that the demand for sand and the construction industry at large, should be halted as soon as possible, to urgently deal with the ecological effects that sand dredging has had. Research has demonstrated that sand mining operations are threatening a number of animal species, such as fish, dolphins, crustaceans and crocodiles, with the gharial, a crocodile found in Asian river systems, now critically endangered, as dreading destroys their habitats. Countries like China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Cambodia have already banned sand exports, as these countries are facing unprecedented levels of fish depletion, landslides, and flooding, but this should go further and be emulated globally. We risk the extinction of more species, the collapse of more ecosystems, and the collapse of more human food sources if we ignore this any longer. Construction should be halted, concrete and sand should be taxed at a much higher rate, and the alternatives that have been used for so much of human history should be reverted to. Going back to using wood, compacted earth, compacted fibres, and a number of other sustainable materials that have similar strength to concrete, is the only way to address the environmental sand crisis.