The New Year presents endless opportunities for growth, realignment and new and improved aspirations. Each year, millions of people around the world brainstorm ways in which they can better themselves, and see the light of a new year as the perfect time to start on their journey of self-improvement and self-discipline.
Can you just imagine if all of those people put as much effort into easing the burden on the Earth, and being of service to others, as they did into their own personal growth? Ah, the sweet smell of a Utopia brewing…
It’s not too late to relook some of the goals you may have set for yourself in 2022, and add a couple more to the mix that take heed of the plight of the planet. Here are some ways you can expand your current aspirations to benefit yourself, the people around you, and most importantly, our dear Earth:
It is kind of our duty, as residents of Earth, to understand the planet that provides us with our very life force. We need to actively (and consistently) upskill and educate ourselves so that we can better understand the impact our actions are having on natural resources, neighbouring communities, and the planet as a whole. It’s no use throwing buzzwords around and hopping on trending hashtags if your environmental literacy leaves much to be desired. We’re living in the age of information, and building up our knowledge of the environment around us and what we can do to sustain it, is quite literally at our fingertips. Encourage yourself (and others) this year to bring environmental issues – and solutions – to the forefront of your education and start making an effort to be a responsible resident of our Earth.
PAMPER THE POLLINATORS
Insect pollinators are arguably the most important species supergroup on planet Earth. Without them, we would lose our floral diversity and food production would suffer – as would humans as the chief beneficiary of the honeybee specifically. Bees are a quintessential part of our evolution and a shining example of the extraordinary design capabilities of nature. They are everywhere, visiting around 90% of the world’s top 100 crops, and play an integral role in sustaining the global population, as well as the functioning of entire ecosystems. This year, do your bit to help bees and other super pollinators thrive by creating a haven of wildflowers in your garden. There is a huge array of beautiful and pollen-rich flowers that attract bees, butterflies and the like that will not only bring colour to your own life, but will also enable these champions of sustainability to thrive!
Flying, quite simply, is not compatible with a happy, safe climate. However, despite the pandemic moving into a more manageable phase and travel restrictions easing, more and more people are making a commitment to flying less, revealing a growing belief that our actions as individuals do, indeed, impact the environment. We’re not saying cut it out entirely – we understand the need for air travel, especially for those who live in remote locations, travel for work, and/or have families that live on the other side of the world. However, by simply cutting down on your aviation emissions, you can make a world of difference. Considering that just one long-haul flight generates more carbon than the average person produces in an entire year, there is just no denying the impact.
What’s that? You have an insatiable wanderlust? No problem. Next time you have an itch to travel, perhaps consider staying in one location for longer as opposed to hopping from one country to the next. Not only will you be able to explore even more of your destination and learn about the culture, you’ll also be doing your bit to avoid adding even more planet-warming gases into the atmosphere.
DITCH THE PLASTIC BAGS… FOR GOOD!
We’re not saying avoid plastics altogether, but the era of the pesky plastic shopping bag needs to end. Yesterday.
USE YOUR VOICE
It would be pointless to keep all your newly acquired knowledge about the issues facing the environment and solutions to protect it. Knowledge is power, and with great power comes great responsibility. It is our responsibility to advocate for change and make our voices heard, encouraging governments and businesses to make sustainable changes to their practices. It is also our responsibility to find ways to make it easier for those from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds to protect the climate. This means supporting local and working at creating a world where sustainable products are affordable and start to become the norm.
And lastly… talk about it. Talk to your friends, family, colleagues, even strangers on the street. Tell them about what you’ve learnt and the steps you’ve taken to protect the planet. Get a conversation going and encourage those around you to participate and follow your lead. Pay it forward.
It goes without saying that it’s ‘Earth First!’ all the way for the team at Positive Earth and we can’t wait to have you on board. Have a great 2022 and watch this space for exciting developments!