Since it’s Earth Day, I thought I’d do a post focusing on what you can do to care for the Earth. It’s no secret that the state of the Earth is declining due to global warming, degradation of soils and lots of pollution. The state of the Earth is in our hands and each of us have a responsibility to look after it. We feed off the Earth. The Earth feeds of us. If we keep taking from the Earth without caring and nurturing it, eventually we’ll be left with little. And for the sake of future generations we need to care for the planet.
Earth Day – How You Can Care For The Earth
Here are some ways you can do your part to care for the planet.
#1 – Reduce Food Waste
In the food supply chain the majority of food waste occurs in the household. Yes – the end consumer tends to waste most food throwing it out. Food takes time, energy and resources to grow – we should be eating what we can of the food we buy and not throwing it out.
Here are some tips for reducing food waste:
- Only buy or cook what you need.
- Store leftovers for consumption at a later date.
- Use freezers and fridges to give foods a longer shelf life.
- Use the Too Good To Go App to get food at a cheaper price from food retailers who would otherwise throw the food away.
- Compost vegetables to make nutrient rich soil.
- Keep an eye on what you buy and don’t let it expire.
- Cook food that others will enjoy if you don’t want it or give them the ingredients.
#2 – Use Less Plastic
Plastic contributes to a lot of waste in our oceans so if we can use less plastic then there will be potentially less plastic waste in our oceans. Large companies such as Unilever have many commitments towards reducing plastic use. You can also do your bit for the Earth by:
- Purchasing items with less plastic packaging.
- Using refillable water bottles instead of buying plastic water bottles.
- Not buying toys or items with lots of plastic.
- Buying shoes such as Adidas Parley which use recycled plastic bottles.
#3 – Support Regenerative Agriculture
Regenerative agriculture including both livestock and plants are important for the health of the Earth. You can support regenerative agriculture by buying organic and local produce. Animals give to the Earth whilst plants take from it. There’s a balance and a cycle. The Earth needs both. Many minerals from the soil have been depleted due to monocultures of crops depleting the same minerals. Farmers which rotate their crops and leave time for the soil to regenerate promote a more sustainable and regenerative manner of farming which helps the Earth.
#4 – Preserve Nature
You can help preserve nature by simply being mindful of the environment your in. If you’re hiking on lonely trails, don’t leave any litter. Stay off the sand dunes. Don’t walk over native plants. Leave what you find in nature. As they say, when you go exploring, take memories and leave only footsteps.
#5 – Less Air Travel
Air travel is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. Pollution has dipped significantly due to the coronavirus halting most air travel worldwide. Travelling less using airlines is one way you can reduce your carbon footprint.
#6 – Go Electric
Electric seems to me like it’ll be the next big thing in ten years or so. Electric cars instead of petrol cars. If you travel a lot and are mindful about the pollution your vehicle produces, then think about switching to an electric vehicle or a vehicle which is more efficient.
#7 – Use Renewable Energy
Solar panels are one way houses, schools, offices and all manner of buildings can make use of energy from the Sun. It’s free and can be used to generate electricity at not extra cost once installation is complete. For many, particularly in sunny areas, as a long term investment, solar panels will end up saving you money.
#8 – Recycle
Where possible try and recycle any items you can recycle. Plastic, cardboard, metal tins, glass bottles – anything you can recycle.
#9 – Reuse
In addition to recycling, it’s even better if you can reuse items. This prevents them from going to waste and ensures you can get more ‘life’ out of an item before it is thrown away or recycle. You can reuse items by allowing other people to use them e.g. a dress that doesn’t fit or by being creative e.g. using some left over wood to create a shelf.
Thanks for reading! The Earth is precious to all of us and we need to do our part to look after it. Please share this article with anyone else you think might find it interesting or useful!