There are many environmental movements and charities who are doing brilliant work raising awareness for the environmental issues and there’s also many avenues for activism and making a change for a greener future. Up until the recent years, it was up to individuals raising their voices and innovating creative solutions to reduce the impact of greenhouse gasses to our environment, now many governments and organisations are coming together to bring out new legislations to help those green movements.
We can all contribute in so many different ways, however small that may be, every little act of kindness towards planet Earth adds up towards the bigger dream of preserving it for future generations.
How many times do we open our wardrobe that is full of clothes, yet we find ourselves saying that we don’t have anything to wear. Most of us have wardrobes bursting to the seams and kitchen cupboards with items of long-life tinned food that we’ve forgotten we had. Consumerism have seen a steady rise over the last few decades without a thought about how it affects the environment. At the moment, there is a slow shift in the direction of buy less and buy less often.
When it comes to fashion, slow fashion is definitely the way forwards. Fashion brands need to take more responsibilities for how much they produce and what they have in way of sustainable strategies. When it comes to us buying fashion, we have to look at quality over quantity and buy less with a thought of style in mind, so we can mix and match to create as many different looks as possible. It’s also a chance to shop from brands who are ethically kind and sustainable.
We can reduce the amount of energies we use at home, from using less water and fixing any leaks to something as simple as switching off lights and unplugging appliances we are not using. Not only these little things will reduce our energy bills, but it will go a long way towards reducing our own carbon emissions.
Taking a closer look at our diets and making healthy eating plans whilst only shopping for what we need would go towards reducing the amount of food waste we produce. Most of us love to eat meat, however there is a hidden environmental cost to the production of meat for human consumption. Live stock farming increases deforestation to provide space for the farms. Added to that is the waste product, for example millions of cows and sheep produce an unimaginable amount of methane, which is 84% more effective than CO2 in trapping the heat in our atmosphere and causing the temperatures to rise. It also reduces soil conditions by removing native plants and flowers from the lands needed for farming.
Many of us have gardens, green spaces and even balconies where we can plant seeds to grow our own produce. This not only puts food on our tables but also helps clean the air of CO2 through photosynthesis.
We can all contribute in our small ways towards creating a greener future by taking small steps in being kind to our planet. If we don’t have a garden or green spaces, we can always donate to different charities who do have the space to plant trees and bushes.