With people like Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough and the terrible tragedies happening all over Australia, it is hard to turn a blind eye to what we, humans, are doing to our planet. Now, of course, most of us are doing things as we have always done, without knowing any better but as we hear the words “climate change” more each day, we cannot ignore it any longer. There are so many things we can do to be kinder to our world and the environments in which we live and travel. It is important, now more than ever, to educate ourselves on what we can do so that we can pass this down to our younger generations, after all, they will be here long after us.
Let’s take a look at the simple changes we can make in our everyday life to contribute towards a better life for ourselves, our loved ones and our planet.
Eat Less Meat
That’s right, cutting down on eating meat helps in more ways than one. Greenhouse gas is something that we need to drastically reduce and while 30% of the planet’s surface is being used to farm animal for the meat and dairy industry, this has a big impact on our environment. A recent study done by the United Nations showed that “the livestock sector accounts for 9 percent of CO2 deriving from human-related activities, but produces a much larger share of even more harmful greenhouse gases. It generates 65 percent of human-related nitrous oxide, which has 296 times the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2”. Cutting back on eating meat is truly essential for us to reduce those damaging greenhouse gases.
Paper and Recycling
Due to technology, people have really reduced the amount of paper they use in their everyday life, although for whatever reason, it continues to be manufactured just as it always was. This means those trees that provide us with oxygen are being cut down at an alarming rate. Although you may be recycling paper, it is better if it was never cut down in the first place however never underestimate the power behind recycling.
Cut Out Plastic
Did you know that one single piece of plastic takes 1,000 years to decompose! We know that is hard to fathom but it is true and there are ways we can help. Instead of opting to stack your shopping in plastics bags, why not try and get a canvas bag that you can roll up and take with you wherever you go for any time you need it.
Each of these things are tiny adjustments in your life that you just need to pay a little extra attention to and when you do, the world will really feel it.