7 Things You Can Do to Help Save Our Planet
The philanthropists have promised to protect 30% of land and sea by 2030 as the planet’s health rises to the charity agenda.
When their time came, many of the wealthiest people on Earth pledged to give away most of their wealth. Education, poverty and the arts have traditionally benefited from philanthropy, attracting billions for fundamental reasons. But more and more nature and the climate crisis are becoming the focus of giving.
We have seen what nature can do to us if we don’t stop caring about our first home — planet Earth. It is why environmental activists have started an initiative claiming to donate to save our planet (save the oceans initiative).
The scale of the barriers facing our planet may seem daunting, but we can all do something. Here are the top seven ways you can help reduce your impact and help in the fight against climate change.
Use your voice
We are the first generation to know that we are destroying the world, and we could be the last to make something of it. Talking is one of the most powerful things you can do, especially for real people. Tell rich people to take action to protect our nature and our home.
Now, we are able to contact the brands you buy from and get them to tell you how their products are procured. Employing social media is one of the most effective ways to get brands to listen to you and tell them you want a change.
One of the things you can do best is to look out for more. The more you know, the better, and it leaves you better equipped to conduct those conversations with your friends and family and with the people you want to influence. Get the facts in order, stay up to date with the latest news on the state of our natural world and think about what you can do.
It is an opportunity to vote for a person who is representative of you and your views. This will make the environment a top priority.
To start being a politically engaged person is not that easy, and it is certainly not determined by how young you are. Every year more and more young people work together to show our political leaders that they want to change.
One of the most proven ways to reduce the impact on the environment is through responsible travel. That means, whenever you can, choose a more sustainable way to get from A to B — walk or bike when you can.
Transport and travel are some of the most polluting sectors in the entire world. But resting closer to home can have a significant impact on your carbon footprint. A short-haul return flight can account for 10% of your annual carbon emissions, and long-haul flights can ultimately determine the effect of carbon.
Still, you can usually get trains to European destinations to reduce your carbon footprint if you have the time. Be creative and try to find alternative ways to travel.
Food production is a significant driver of wildlife extinction. What we eat contributes about a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions and is responsible for almost 60% of global biodiversity loss.
Raising animals for meat and dairy products requires space and vast intakes of water and animal feed. Nowadays, one of the biggest causes of forest loss is expanding agricultural land to produce animal feed, such as soybeans.
Meat production also produces much more carbon dioxide than plants such as vegetables, grains, and legumes.
Reduce the waste
We need to make spending our resources unacceptable in all aspects of our lives. Every product we buy has an ecological imprint and can end up in landfills. The impact of plastic pollution on our oceans is becoming more evident, drastically affecting the marine world.
Recycling can reduce the number of new materials we make, and recycling is a creative way to turn old items into something more valuable. It could be reusing a jam jar as a candle holder or using old cans as pots — the possibilities are endless!
We are able to do more to be more aware of what we are buying and where we are buying it from. For instance, buying less will save you money, reduce waste and improve your environmental impact. Leading a less consumerist lifestyle can benefit you and our planet.
Make your own purchasing power and make sure your money is going towards positive change. By supporting eco-friendly products that are less damaging to the environment, you encourage companies to source and sustainably produce their products.
We can solve the crisis that nature is facing. But it will take the wealthiest nations and wealthiest individuals to commit to reinvesting our vast treasures here on Earth, preserving nature, and protecting our lands, waters, and wildlife.
Luckily, everyone is awakening now and aware that we need to work in favor of saving our planet and keeping our minds clean to grant progress for the entire process of recovering.