Today is World Environment Day (but isn't everyday World Environment Day considering climate change is the greatest existential threat of our time?)
However, the celebration of World Environment Day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in more than 100 countries.
World Environment Day 2019 will be hosted by China, with a theme of "Air Pollution". We can't stop breathing, but we can do something about the quality of air that we breathe.
Approximately 7 million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution, with about 4 million of these deaths occurring in Asia-Pacific. World Environment Day 2019 will urge governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies, and improve air quality in cities and regions across the world.
Air Pollution facts:
- 92 per cent of people worldwide do not breathe clean air
- Air pollution costs the global economy $5 trillion every year in welfare costs
- Ground-level ozone pollution is expected to reduce staple crop yields by 26 per cent by 2030
Information take from www.greeningtheblue.org
Below are some steps you can take in your life to do your bit towards combatting climate change - one thing I would say, please don't try and implement all of these into your life at once, it can become rather overwhelming. Rather, tackle one thing at a time.
TOP TIPS TO TAKE CARE OF MOTHER EARTH
1. Reusables - Coffee Mug, Water bottle, Tote Bags, Tupperware - check out Kappi awesome for moving to zero waste with ease.
2. Avoid single use plastic, if you cannot avoid it look at the best way to recycle or reuse it.
3. Renewables - Walk, cycle and take public transport where possible.
4. Change your bank and superannuation over to a provider that does not support the fossil fuel industry.
5. Home compost - Since I started home composting I starting to realise just how much food waste our home alone produces.
6. Reduce meat consumption or if you can eliminate meat and dairy all together.
7. Home grown - I recently purchased 2 little veggie gardens from Aldi (Soil and Veggies from Bunnings)
8. Freeze your some veggie scraps and then once you have a good bulk, make a veggie stock.
9. Use environmentally friendly laundry detergent. Dirt Laundry Detergent is honestly the best eco laundry detergent I’ve used and smells amazing!
10. Educate yourself so you can engage in better conversations surrounding climate change.
11. Vote for the climate in elections.
12. Vote with your wallet when purchasing, purchase from ethical and sustainable small businesses.
13. PLEASE take yourself to the cinema and watch this film!