Today I will share with you how to be more eco today and in the year that is coming + why it’s on us to change the world and not on the government and politicians.
I have a feeling that people do want to be more eco-friendly but they are not sure how to start or what being eco-friendly even means. Of course, they know that climate change is real but they are not aware of how real it is and how threatening to our survival it is.
I am very passionate about fighting climate change. It’s something that gets me up every morning and gives me the power to continue doing what I do.
Being eco-friendly means living in a way that is not harmful to our mother nature. It means living according to the laws nature created and it means respecting what she gave us.
Now, I assume you already know that animal agriculture is the main cause of climate change and you probably are already vegan or at least plant-based, but that is not enough by far. Read this post if you are not aware of how bad animal agriculture is.
While it is good to not contribute to the main cause of climate change, it is also very important to do other things that have a positive impact on our planet Earth. We should not stop at being vegan but we should continue expanding our awareness and doing everything that we possibly can to save our beautiful planet.
I want to present three ways on how you can be more eco today, so here they are:
- Do not use glitter. It is tiny plastic that we can never get rid of and it can sadly be found in some sea animals that swallow it due to it being so small. But if you absolutely must use glitter for one or another reason, make sure to find a biodegradable one.
- Stop buying so many clothes. Not only are people abused and sometimes enslaved to create clothes that will become a part of what we call fast fashion, but all the pesticides that are used in the making of clothes are hazardous to our environment. I recommend reading this article.
- Stop using plastic straws (and use wooden ones instead). Disposable straws are usually made of plastic and sadly plastic never breaks down. Straws usually end up in our oceans and can be found inside the bodies of sea animals. Have you seen this video of a sea turtle getting a straw removed from her nose? It’s bloody but also bloody sad.
Climate change starts and stops with us.
We are responsible for what is happening on our planet and all around us. To deny our footprint would be to deny our life and that is simply impossible. Being alive means being held responsible for our actions and right now our actions are driving our planet towards destruction and horrible death.
Not only are we harming ourselves and our nature but also all the other animals. When we harm nature we harm ourselves so to claim that we are powerless when it comes to fighting climate change is the same as claiming that we are powerless to change.
We can all change.
I want to share with you a beautiful image of Earth, taken by Voyager 1 spacecraft at a distance 6 billion kilometers away from Earth.
The following is the excerpt from Carl Sagan’s book Pale Blue Dot.
Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there–on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.
Remember to take care of our home. It’s the only one we’ve got at the moment.
Leave me a comment and tell me what steps you are taking to ensure that you are living an eco-friendly lifestyle. What do you think we can all do more of to be more eco today?
p.s. – To learn about why a plant-based diet is the healthiest diet for us, please check out this post I wrote.