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Weekly Changes You Can Make to Help the Planet

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With 2020 fast approaching, scientists warning that the world may already have crossed a series of climate tipping points, resulting in "a state of planetary emergency" and on the back of The European Parliament this week declaring a 'climate and environmental emergency' and pushing the climate crisis to the top of the EU's agenda and urging member states to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.  Action needs to happen now and you need to help. You can't not get involved if you want a future planet for your children and your children's children.

Why? 

The rate of destruction of the planet is at it's highest rate ever, in over 2000 years. The world's resources are at an all time low and fragile ecosytems are dying at an alarming rate. Humans can be ranked as the most dangerous animal on the planet being responsible for the destruction of critical habitats and being the cause for the acceleration of the extinction of species in the animal kingdom.

The damage we've inflicted on the natural world is sadly horrendous so make a choice. Continue to be an Emu and stick your head in the sand denying the fact there is a problem and claiming there is nothing you can do. Or, start to make small everyday changes that make an impact.

We all need to take action and now. This isn't something we can ignore anymore. We're in this Climate and Environmental state of emergency due to our over consumption of goods and services, the mass extraction, production, distribution, use, and disposal of the stuff we buy. 

You as a consumer can make a positive impact everyday with your choices. Below are 52 simple things you can change in your world today to help the planet. Why 52? Because you can implement one every week and by this time next year you'd have made a difference to your home, planet earth.


Alarming Facts You Should Know. 

 All facts have been taken from the World Counts Project, which gives an overview of critical global challenges. Check out more here

  • Today we need about 1.6 planets to provide the resources for our consumption and absorb our waste. By the mid 2030s, only 15 years from now, we will need 2 planets to support the world's population and our current rate of consumption.
  • Humanity's annual demand on the natural world has exceeded what the Earth can renew in a year since the 1970s. This "ecological overshoot" has continued to grow over the years. In 2012 "earth overshoot day" was August 22 meaning that from this day humanity lives beyond the ecological capacity of planet earth. Every year the day arrives a little earlier… in 2009 it was September 25.
  • Every 60 seconds forests equivalent to the size of 20 football fields are being cut down. By the year 2030, only 10 years from now, we might only have 10% of our forests left… and if we don't stop deforestation, they could all be gone in 100 years. Trees are the lungs of the planet and home to around 50% of the world's plant and animal kingdom. They absorb incredible amounts of carbon monoxide that humans release whilst providing the most important thing we need to survive, oxygen yet through our actions we are quite literally killing off our own air source.
  • Every year we extract 55 billion tons of bio-mass, fossil energy, metal and minerals from the earth. This is almost 10 tons for every person in the world.
  • Natural eco-systems are losing their ability to adjust. They are reaching critical thresholds beyond which they will no longer be able to recover.
  • If Earth's history is compared to a calendar year, modern human life has existed for 23 minutes and we have used one third of Earth's natural resources in the last 0.2 seconds.
  • Every year we dump a massive 2.12 billion tons of waste. This stunning amount of waste is partly because 99 percent of the stuff we buy is trashed within 6 months.
  • By 2048, the world will run out of seafood as we are draining our oceans of seafood at an alarming rate. Worldwide, 90% of the stocks of large predatory fish, such as sharks, tuna, marlin, and swordfish, are already gone!
  • At least 10% of the 100 million tons of plastic we use every year end up in the oceans. This is equivalent to the weight of 700 billion plastic bottles. Put on top of each other these bottles would reach further than the sun. Sadly they are in our oceans and will stay there.
  • Every year we use a massive 4 trillion cubic meters of freshwater which is comparable to everyone on the planet drinking over 4 glasses of water…every single minute.
  • 1.4 billion people already live in areas that are simply running out of water. The amount of freshwater on the planet amounts to only 3 percent of all water on the planet…and less than 1 percent of this is ready for human use. The ever increasing world's population means we need to solve the water problem. Compared to today, we will have to support an additional 2.7 billion people with water in 2050 requiring twice the current supply of water.


52 Simple Changes to Help Your World.  

1. Help pick up rubbish, even when it's not yours. People always thinks it's someone else's responsibility. We all live on the same planet therefore it's all our responsibilities. 

2. Use less water by simply not always flushing the toilet. if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down.

3. Always a controversial topic but reduce the number of children you have or chose not to have children or adopt. Don't let society pressurise you into having children. At the current rate of 250 babies born every minute, population overgrowth is not slowing down contrary to want people want to believe. The Earth is overpopulated as it is, and there are so many children whom are in bad situations that need loving homes. 

4. Make Ecocide your primary concern. It's so fundamental that recently the Pope requested it be included in the Catholic teachings. Yes he's asking that the church teach about protecting the earth and making nature it's priority.

5. Stop buying plastic toys for children, as gifts or plastic furniture. Buy wooden or give organic and sustainable gifts. Give up plastic altogether.

6. Start making things again from something as simple as cooking from fresh to making your own homemade soaps. Why? The more processed or pre-packed food and products you buy, the more you're adding everyday, to the 2.2 billions tonnes of waste.

7. Find the correct way to dispose of old fridges, phones, tvs etc. Or better still don't upgrade! The average person changes their mobile phone every 18 months and with over 5 billion subscribers to mobile phones, that's a lot of waste both plastic and battery waste, never mind all the impact from the production of mobile phones and making products connect to the internet. 

8. Put pressure on your local authority to get the utility companies fixing broken pipes, water leakages quicker and making this an upmost important focus.

9. Start investigating and installing alternative sources of energy in your home. Try something as simple as a small house wind turbine to use instead of fossil fuels always.  

10. Cut your food waste, eat more raw and compost. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted.

11. Investigate where your bank is investing your money. Chose to bank with ethical banks or those banks that don't invest in fossil fuels but more green energies. 

12. When you shop, make the planet your priority not bargains or profits. This is everything from being conscious of where your coffee and tea are sourced and farmed to where your clothes are made.

13. Stop buying products that have a lot of unnecessary packaging. Or ask the store to give you your purchase as is and without all the plastic packaging and boxes etc. The more companies have to pay to get rid of the waste packaging the less they'll use to package their products.

14. Support a conservation project that helps prevent the decline of wild animals. In the last 10 year alone the wild elephant population has declined by more than 60%.

15. Stop buying bottled water. Very few of the bottled ever end up recycled but instead end up in our environment. Use tap water instead and tap filter if you want better quality water.

16. Walk, bike or take public transport more often.

17. Turn your internet or wifi moden off at night. With SIM connections predicted to reach over 9 billion by 2025 that's a massive amount of energy required to deliver all those connections not taking into account the pollution from the electro-magnetic frequencies. Yes it's great we're all connected but the environmental impact is staggering for humans and the animal kingdom.

18. Set up a swop community between friends and family rather than buying new things.

19. Try to source sustainable products, whether this is checking to see if the cotton in your t-shirt is from sustainable sources to the food you eat.

20. Help plant more native trees and plants in your home and local community.

21. Reduce the amount of meat you eat or only buy from organic and sustainable sources.

22. Buy health and beauty products that are environmentally and eco-conscious friendly. Look for ethical retailers that promote fair trade, sustainability and environmentally conscious products such as The Natural Collection.

23. Write to your favorite suppliers or brands and ask them to reduce the amount of packing on their products.  

24. Chose products that aren't tested on animals. Some of the main retailers of beauty products and their subsidiaries such as L'Oreal, Estee Lauder, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson still test on animals. A lot farm their production out to China, where it's still legal to use animals in product testing. For a list of cruelty-free make-up brands click here.

25. Encourage your friends and family to always adopt a pet and not buy. They are contributing to animal cruelty and animal trafficking even if you think the breeder is reputable and local. With nigh on 3 million pet's euthanized each year, help rehouse unwanted pets, nurture your pet and microchip it. Make adopting a pet the right choice not purchasing.

26. Choose to buy clothing that's made from organic sustainable cottons. Cotton production is an intensive farming process and impacts local environments, especially in poorer regions. The more cheap cotton clothing you buy, the greater your negative impact on the local habitats.

27. Keep clothes for longer we now live in a through away society and it never used to be this way. Look to purchase things of quality that last, fashion that's classic than can be used time and time again rather than just one time use only. 

28. Help plant a community edible garden. Or be the person that start this in your local area.

29. Buy clothes from charity shops and give your unwanted clothes to charity shops.

30. Buy as many natural products as you can, whether that is natural toothpaste, floor cleaner or nail polish remover, go natural. 

31. Re-use containers as much as possible for food, drinks and don't accept plastic cutlery. 

32. Make it a house rule that whilst you're having your dinner, your electronics are switched off and not on stand-by. Or simply reduce your consumption by not having multiple items on at the same time i.e. the radio and the tv. Turn things off you're not actively using. With nigh on 8 billion people on the planet, if everyone could get into the habit of turning of their electronics for just one hour whilst having dinner, it would have a huge impact on energy consumption demand.

33. Starting growing some of your own food, even if it's just kitchen windowsill herbs. 

34. Become more minimalistic. You really don't need another pair of shoes or yet another ornament to stick on your windowsill. 

35. Get rid of straws and go for cloth napkins as opposed to paper napkins. Or cut down your usage of both. Paper napkins contribute to the destruction of trees and the straws are adding to the ever increasing pollution of plastic. The plastic waste has hit an all time high where there is now evidence of micro-plastics in soils on top of the issue of the "plastic soups" floating around the world. 

36. Buy energy efficient technology wherever possible and dispose of things like batteries in the correct way.

37. Start to source how you can capture and use rainwater to water your garden or for cleaning etc.

38.  Become more curious about the world around you and check out what you're hard earned money is actually funding when you buy something.

39. Take a stance on something but ensure it puts the planet first.

40. Change your vibrational energy. There is so much anger and hate in the world right now, whether it's through social media or actions of world leaders. Intend to leave the people and the environment you touch in your day to day coming and goings in a better state than when you found it.

41. Stop using bug sprays to kill the insect world. Yes they may look ugly but they are necessary to the planet. If you don't want them in your home start using natural remedies like lemon peels to repel them from entering but try to avoid killing them.

42. Start using Ecosia as your search engine instead of chrome, yahoo etc. as they help plant trees with every 45 searches you do on the internet. With the recent destruction of the Amazon they have an aim to plant 3 billion trees in vulnerable areas. You can help them build our oxygen source by surfing the net using Ecosia - the search engine that plants trees.

43. Join the Ecocide movement, sign up and help make crimes against the planet the 5th international crime against peace. It's to impose a legal duty on governments to protect the public and environment from dangerous industrial practices. It's to outlaw the worst kinds of environmental destruction and to have the destruction of ecosystems ranked alongside offences such as genocide and war crimes.  Click here to add your name to the list

44. Adopt an animal that's an endangered species - This is about adopting an elephant, rhino, jaguar etc. through conservation organisations that are trying to prevent their destruction, help maintain their habitats and re-introduce orphaned pets back into the wild.

45. Stop turning a blind eye to the world around you.  Species are becoming extinct, environments are being destroyed, and enabling destructive practices to staying in place, through your silence or poor consumer choices etc. is not helping. Your in-action will expedite things so start to do something!

46. Make a pledge. Make a solemn binding promise to do, give, or refrain from doing something from today onwards.

47. Volunteer for something, but try to give back to the environment or help people that have less than you. If Mother Teresa could do it with her small resources then you can to.

48. Reduce your water consumption. This can be everything from not doing half loaded washing machines to not leaving the water running to rinse pots, brush teeth etc. Have shorter and cooler showers, refill a bottle for water as opposed to constantly buying new bottles. Fix leaks. 183 litres water is lost through a leaky tap alone. rinse your razor in warm water as opposed to running the tap. Install a low flow shower head which can save 40,000 litres a year per person. Get your leaky toilet fixed asap as it can lose 757.litres every day. Just start reducing your water consumption today.

49. Use a travel mug for your takeaways coffee.

50. Reduce you're overall energy consumption by turning off everything you're not using, selecting a warm wash cycle as opposed to hot, reducing the temp on your thermostat, hanging out clothes to dry, reduce the hot water temp on your boiler even by one or two degrees, use less air conditioning, clean the back of your coils on the fridge to help keep the consumption down as dirty coils make the fridge work harder.

51. Buy organic beer and wine.

52. Reduce your consumption of chemical based cleaning products and clean with vinegar. It kills bacteria, germs and mold. Or buy eco products that have no harsh chemicals, like ammonia, bleach, foam boosters and optical brighteners, helps, as your normal cleaning products damage both your health and the environment.

53. Plant flowers that encourage the reproduction of bees. Bees are incredibly important to balance different ecosystems. They are the world's most important pollinator of food crops and many species of plants are pollinated throughout landscapes resulting in a production of fruits that serve as food for many wild animals. One third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees, insects, birds and bats.

Help save your home and take action today, Do something of significance.


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Resources

The daily telegraph
BBC World News
Animal Wise
SustainWeb
The Guardian
This World Counts
StopEcocideEarth
GSMA
Ecowatch
Ecosia
50waystohelp
WWF
Science.howstuffworks
Thoughtcatalog
crueltyfreekitty
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