Our beautiful earth currently holds an incredible ever growing 7,714,576,923 people. Amazing, right?
With the annual celebration of our Earth, I can’t help but think about what steps we’re taking to keep our planet healthy, hearty and safe. Although us Brits love the sunshine we received in the colder months, it’s problematically thanks to climate change. It’s a huge problem.
Whether it’s a negative impact on biodiversity, drought interfering with farming in Tanzania or floods leaving destruction in countries like Malawi, climate change is having a huge impact on our earth. So what can we do about it?
Meat Free Mondays
According to slowfood.org.uk the world currently consumes over 300 million tons worth of meat! That’s a huge amount of meat and a lot of greenhouse gas emissions. The need to meet the ever growing meat demand, means farmers are under more strain than ever. And it also means that factories are producing more toxic emissions to sustain the meat industry. Consider having a Meat Free Monday to reduce your meat intake and enjoy a tasty vegetarian meal.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Reduce your waste, recycle your plastics and reuse your goods. Try switching some of your household goods to recyclable items. For example instead of plastic straws, why don’t you jump on the paper straw bandwagon. Instead of throwing your food all in one bin, why not create your own compost bin. Reducing waste doesn’t have to be as difficult as you think.
Did you know that the average person wastes 140 litres of water per day! Now I’m not saying to scale down on personal hygiene, but there are ways to reduce your water usage. Instead of having long hot baths (only to sit in the tub for 10 minutes), have a speedy shower to conserve water. I’m personally guilty for keeping the water on when I’m washing up dishes, but we could save so much more water by using a basin and turning the tap on and off whenever we really need it.
Educate yourself about our big world. Don’t be scared to learn about what’s going on in the world. Organisations such as Tearfund, ICS and STA are all big advocates for helping our earth heal. Whether it’s raising awareness on an international scale or doing something small at home, you can make a difference with all the knowledge you soak up and end up using.
Down to earth
Sometimes it can become quite overwhelming to hear all the bad things that are going wrong in our world. But in order to become more than a hashtag, we must acknowledge that we have a duty of care to this earth. God’s blessed us with a galaxy that holds up the stars, a Milky Way that has billions mesmerised and an earth that holds us all. So let’s use the tools given to us, to keep the earth healthy, clean and green.
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