22 Apr 8 ways to save Mother Earth
It has not gone unnoticed that World Earth Day has arrived right in the midst of the current chaos we are all experiencing.
And I feel certain that this year we really will take notice of our beautiful planet and think of ways we can protect Mother Earth and all that she provides for us, because without her we would not be much use at all.
Small changes can make big differences so even if we feel we are hopeless on our own and our tiny contribution is not enough, if we all can do a little bit, it really can have a huge impact on the world.
I love this quote by Anita Roddick of the Body Shop ‘If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito’
Putting the 5p charge on plastic bags at the supermarket 3 years ago has dramatically reduced their one time use, we are all more aware of the problems they cause so most of us do our best to avoid having to buy a bag these days.
Plastic straws and stirrers have all but been removed from circulation and people are not asking for them either. Plus coffee shops are rewarding people for taking in their own cups.
All of these are great incentives but there is so much more we can do and by changing our buying habits we will be making a stand too.
Here are a few other suggestions
- Grow your own veg, if you have space, even a few lettuces or herbs could reduce food miles
- Buy from a farmers market. Most people live fairly close to a regular farmers market where they often sell great seasonal produce with very little packaging, plus you are feeding the local economy.
- Buy from a real farm shop; this can reduce food miles as well as packaging
- Use a refill station where you can. Ecover cleaning products often have them in health food shops
- Try not to waste food, it should never be treated as a disposable commodity, it is way too precious
- Recycle or reuse as much as you can, plus ensure you reduce your purchases of packaged goods where possible.
- Walk instead of driving, car share or take public transport where possible (not at the moment of course!)
- Make and bake our own foods from cookies to curries, pizza to pasta sauce, it is all possible, and fun
There are hundreds of other ways to help Mother Earth. For now things have greatly improved but we need to ensure we carry this on even when we return to some sort of normality, whenever that may be.
It is a great time to re-evaluate the damage we personally are causing and make some shifts before it is too late.