I have recently started watching the Netflix series ‘Our Planet’. I’ve dug deeper into the website to find some actions steps everyone can take to fight climate change, I will elaborate on each of the 5 steps. Of course there is so much more you can do, but below is a good starting Point.
1. Make your diet as plant based as possible
As Human’s we tend to keep Alot of animals for food, currently about:
- 23 Billion chickens
- 1.5 Billion Cattle
- 1 Billion Sheep
- 1 Billion pig’s
About 26% of Earth’s Land area is used to maintain the above. If we include water into the equation, then 27% of fresh water is used to maintain these animals.
To produce 1kg of steak, a cow needs:
- 15,000 Litres of water
- 25kg of grain.
We could nourish 3.5 Billion people if we feed them what we feed to the animals.
As you can probably tell, eating meat and dairy is not very efficient.
Of course you don’t have to completely elimanate it, but you could certainly reduce your intake. Maybe try a plant based recipe book and see how you like it.
2. Shop for sustainable fish & meat
Of course it’s very difficult to eliminate meat & dairy, so if you do choose to consume it, make sure it’s from sustainable sources.
3. Switch to a clean energy provider
Renewable energy is energy that is collected from renewable sources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, Tide’s Waves, and geothermal heat.
4. Choose deforestation Free Palm oil products
Do it for the Orangutans! Only 70,000 orangutans still roam the forests of Southeast Asia, yet the EU’s biofuels policy is pushing them to the brink of extinction due to palm oil production.
Palm oil is literally everywhere – in our foods, cosmetics, cleaning products and fuels. It’s a source of huge profits for multinational corporations, while at the same time destroying the livelihoods of smallholders. Displacement of indigenous peoples, deforestation and loss of biodiversity are all consequences of our palm oil consumption.
5. Buy Wood and paper products from well managed forests
The FSC logo on products means people can identify and buy wood and paper products that have come from well managed forests; that have post consumer recycled fibre; and/or exclude any material from highly contentious sources such as illegal wood, wood from forests being converted to plantations or wood from areas where high conservation value forests are threatened.
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