Earth Day 2021 - 21 Ways to help the planet
We did a 21-day earth day challenge on our social media. We have included them in this blog article under different headings. These predominantly include changes that I have made personally or acts done to improve environmental awareness. We need an Earth day every day and these changes can help with that -
- Switch to renewable energy supplier – Check out https://electricityinfo.org/fuel-mix-of-uk-domestic-electricity-suppliers/ to know the fuel mix of your supplier. If it is not 100% renewable, make the switch!
- Explore the natural world - Explore nature, learn about its importance and you will realize we are so trivial as a species and you end up having greater respect for the natural world. The urge to protect becomes stronger! https://www.instagram.com/p/CNQFcxvndOR/
- Light Pollution – Switch of lights to reduce light pollution. Artificial light impacts astronomical observations and disturbs other forms of life. It confuses their migration, prey-predator relationship, and even psychological stress.
- Use lights only when needed, especially outdoors
- Cover outdoor lights, so that they light only downwards
- Use warm white light to cool white lights(There is a trend to use cool white lights)
- Try getting used to the dark - give your rod cells a chance to work :)
- Switch to reusable bottles: This might seem so yesterday, however In 2019 in the UK, 2.8 billion litres of bottled water were consumed. Check out this video from Story of Stuff and share it with those who are still using bottled water - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se12y9hSOM0
- Switch to a plant-based diet - 67% of the weight of land vertebrate animals is of livestock. Over 60 billion are killed a year for food which equates to over 164 million animals one on a single day. To put into perspective, the number of animals killed a day is way more than the casualties of World War 1 and 2 put together(110-125 million)
Providing food, water, land and in addition deal with the waste and emissions from them is a serious strain on the planet.
- Learn foraging – It is a super easy way to find free food that is local, fresh, healthy sans the packaging with literally zero carbon miles. Check out our post on dandelion honey. https://www.instagram.com/p/CNaaQcenM35/
- Choose ethical banks – Check out https://bank.green/ to see how your bank is doing in supporting climate change.
- Switch to zero waste cleaning in your Kitchen – Check out our kit which is fully plastic free and works great for cleaning. https://www.ecofully.co.uk/collections/kits/products/kitchen-cleaning-set
- Start composting – As per WRAP, It has been estimated a home composting bin can divert approximately 150 kg per household per year of organic waste. Composting is simple and very effective. Check out benefits of composting - https://www.instagram.com/p/CNlDgkznc2A/
- Think Dirty – Install Think Dirty app which educates on potential toxins in household and personal care products. This app is useful if you are trying to remove toxic products from your home.
- Sustainable clothing – Choosing natural organic fabrics where possible, buying second hand and repairing where possible has a significant impact on our carbon, resource and waste footprint. Check https://www.thredup.com/fashionfootprint to calculate your fashion footprint.
- Artificial Fabrics – Check out this super short video from Story of Stuff and why artificial clothing are bad for the environment - https://youtu.be/BqkekY5t7KY The book Killer Clothes was an eye opener for me. I have been consciously avoiding artificial fabrics after knowing their impact.
- Digital Declutter – I use Clean Fox to update my subscription and delete emails in bulk. I found it very useful and time saving in maintaining my inbox. Digital footprint also equates to carbon footprint.
- Sustainable Travel – Calculating one’s footprint does give a direction of where we should start first. For me, air travel is the biggest contributor. After having identified that, I have switched to exploring more of Britain. It has a varied landscape and so much to explore here. If I do travel by air to see my family, I do indulge in slow travel and zero waste travelling and offset them.
- Sustainable Menstruation – It is easier that it appears to be and there are quite a few alternatives from menstrual cups, cloth pads, period panties and biodegradable disposables to have a plastic free period. Check out our post for more information https://www.instagram.com/p/CN5oxG3H21R/
- Food Waste – If food waste is a country, it would be the third biggest contributor to green house gases. Simple behavioural changes can go a long way to cut down food waste. For example, we encourage our children to be a clean plate champion. Completing the food to have a thoroughly clean plate at the end of the meal. Understanding the right portions is a big factor to its success. Are you a clean plate champion?
Charities to Support –
- Population Matters – It advocates on the issue of rising population which is missed to be addressed by the UN sustainable goals.
- Vegan Organic Network – Advocate veganic agriculture which is green, clean and cruelty free.
- Centre of Alternative Technology – They provide solutions and learning for a zero carbon world and improved biodiversity. They are my to go people for learning and understanding issues concerning the environment.
Documentaries to watch.
- Seaspiracy – A popular one in the recent times. It highlights issues that have been for years now in the fishing industry and I am sure some of you have already watched it. Fish is usually the go to food when people want to leave meat, however, it is no less than meat in terms on sustainability, ethics, and health. Do watch Cowspiracy, What the health and The Game changers for a switch towards plant based diets.
- The true cost – An eye opening one which made me more reflective about my clothing choices. What is cheap clothing, is not actually cheap it is paid at the expense of garment workers and people in third world countries where labour is available for far less money.
With these changes, you could make everyday an Earth Day!