We are aware that we are in a very difficult situation when it comes to the environmental state of our planet, because of all the consequences of the climate change and global warming, that are just starting to show us their power. People all over the world organize demonstrations and protests in order to be heard and understood when it comes to their concern about our home-planet. Thousands of people are marching through the capitals of European cities, trying to draw the attention of everyone and announce the last call for the major changes that have to be made in our relationship with our planet, in order to save it from the damage that is threating us.
The United Nations suggests that climate change is not just the defeating issue of our time, but we are also at a defeating moment in history. Weather patterns are changing and will threaten food production, and sea levels are rising and could cause catastrophic flooding across the globe.
What is very important to understand is that it is not always necessary to only focus on the big changes and big moves, but also on the small and simple ones, because they can make a huge difference as well, and lead us to the change that we want to achieve. We all as a group and a society can do great things in order to achieve our goal by spreading the awareness of the situation and the strategies for solving the problem, but as individuals there are a lot of things that we can do every single day, things that at the end will make a big difference.
What happens is that many people lack of the general and very basic knowledge and relevant information about the situation we are in, so they can’t make the right moves and take the action, but instead they unconsciously keep following habits that can cause further problems and consequences all over again.
In order to spread some alertness and consciousness about the issue, here are some information that might help you understand the issue better and from closer, but also some simple steps and changes that you can start making today, which can lead to the improvement that we all need.
Plastic pollution poses has the strongest impact on the environment because of its widespread usage and its durability component. These plastics wind up negatively affecting wildlife habitat, wildlife itself and humans, by affecting lands, oceans and waterways.
People around the world buy 1 million plastic drinking bottles every minute, and use up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags every year. Humans are addicted to plastic, and hardly any of it- only about 9% gets recycled. A staggering 8 million tons (7.25 metric tons) ends up in the ocean every year.
What can you do?
You can help reduce pollution just by putting that soda can in the recycling bin, but also when it comes to paper. It really does make a difference whether you recycle, reduce and reuse, and if you follow the recycling-trash system.
Fact: If an office building of 7.000 workers recycled all of its office paper waste for a year, it would be the equivalent of taking almost 400 cars off the road.
Small things lead to big results. It can be of a huge importance if you take reusable bags to the grocery, or just take a bag with you before you go to shop and avoid using the plastic bags, since they create a huge amount of waste. On the other side, your drink will surely not lose its taste if you don’t use to plastic straw while you drink it- but it might help you save a few lives: it’s up on you.
Try to be more car-conscious. Only by staying off the road for a few days a week, you will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,590 pounds (721 kg) per year. Driving a bike or walking the distance that is not very long are some of the options, that can improve your health but also your environment. But being car-conscious also means maintaining your car regularly and driving properly: driving slowly plays a very important role. For example, driving at 50 mph uses 25% less fuel than 70 mph, so next time you use your car try to follow the speed limits, which will keep you safe, but the planet as well!
High meet consumption leads to high meet requests, and high meet requests lead to high meet production. The largest tropical rainforest in the world Amazonas, which is also responsible for the production of more than 20% of the world’s oxygen had been on fire for longer than two weeks, causing a major problem to our planet. There are many versions of what have started the fire, but it’s a fact that an enormous part of the rainforest got cleared for animal agriculture and soybeans production: exactly 90% of the soybeans worldwide is being produced on the territory of the rainforest Amazonas. 136 million rainforests acres have been cleared for animal agriculture. Brazil is currently the world’s largest exporter of beef, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, with the country’s cattle herd increasing by 56% between 1990 and 2018.
Industrial farming practices are not only harmful to individual animals, they are unsafe for the planet too: factory farming produces a lot of air and water pollution. Only by limiting your consumption of imported meat, you are already influencing the meat production and therefore the environmental conditions.
Finally, there are many organizations and institutions that are happy to help and inform people more about the climate change, environmental change and the global warming, and the consequences they are causing to our planet but also the strategies we are able to apply in order to improve the current state.
Fridays For Future is a worldwide movement, where thousands of people gather in order to raise their voice and expand the consciousness about the issue. By joining the movement you might be able to receive a plenty of new information and facts that can help you make some small moves and changes as an individual too.
”We are the last generation with a real opportunity to save the world.” Laurence Overmire