Earth Day 2019 – stop making excuses

April 22, 2019, is Earth Day. As the years go on, it will get more important for us to recognize this day and take action. The earth is being and will continue to be, destroyed by us if nothing changes.

I’m sure the idea of environmental protection is not distant to you; our feeds seem to be filled with articles, photos, and videos regarding environmental protection, as awareness is spreading. We feel good if we follow an account who claims they create a product from recycled materials, but do we really know why they do this? Why it’s so important that we recycle? That we save water? Electricity? For most people, the answer is no. We feel fulfilled enough with the little scraps of information we get from the headlines about climate change and rising sea levels, but we don’t really know how this will impact us, and we don’t bother to do anything because we feel like we can’t make a difference. So we continue to live in our naive bubble, telling ourselves that we’re doing enough by watching others tackle environmental problems when all around us the earth is changing, and we can’t undo that change.

Planet earth is our home, and it has been for about 200,000 years. It gives us food, water, and shelter, but what do we give it in return? Nothing. Instead, we tear it apart day after day, destroying it, polluting it, just for our own needs. What gives us the authority to do this?

According to the UN Environmental Report, the earth is now at a turning point. We can turn back, change our habits, and move towards a ‘sustainable future’, or we can plow forward towards a ‘bleak future’. The earth is on course to increase 3 degrees Celsius in the next dozen years. Even if only 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming happens, it would threaten ecosystems, cause extreme weather events, the coral would die off, the Arctic region would be in danger, coastal flooding would increase, crop yields would decrease, and the health of living organisms would decrease. If the sea-levels rise, it would affect 10 million people and would present us with many environmental refugees. So why aren’t we doing much?

There are a huge number of people who are doing great things to protect the environment, but there aren’t enough. It’s a common mindset to think that, if we can’t make any difference by ourselves, so we shouldn’t even try. But these are issues which can’t be solved by just one person, the only way we can move forward in a sustainable manner is to see the world unite to protect this planet.

This earth day, I challenge YOU to go further than just putting your paper in the recycling bin or taking a shorter shower for one day. I urge you to make a regular sustainable change in your life. Don’t just do something because it’s earth day, do it every day! Don’t just watch others fight for the environment, do it yourself. This problem is urgent and it’s large, so make sure that your actions for change match this.

If you are interested in reading some more articles about sustainability, here is where I got my information from Source 1, Source 2, Source 3.

If you have anything to say on this issue please leave it in the comments section below, and don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

See you next week,

Little Miss Expat

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Sustainability: why it’s important

I just spent the past few days at Abu Dhabi Sustainability week and I’ve come back very INSPIRED. Sustainability has always been something I’ve been very passionate about, but I feel like it’s extremely vital that we take action right now, otherwise nothing is ever going to change! As part of the younger generation I feel as though it’s up to us to be change makers and to speak up and inspire others to do the same, because if we all do our part, we can help the environment a lot. It was amazing to meet with other teenagers from around the world and hear about how they use their innovative spirits to help our world, and it made me inspired to do the same. It was nice to get out of my privileged life and experience something bigger than myself, to be around others who think the same way as me and hear about ways in which they’re helping the environment. Honestly, it just puts everything in perspective, when I worry about my high school problems, I realize how insignificant they are compared to what’s really going on in the world. It’s heartwarming to see so many people working towards the same goal: environmental protection! And I want to inspire you guys to do the same! So here are some easy ways to support the environment in your everyday life:

Get a reusable water bottle: This is such a simple way to be more sustainable! By getting a reusable water bottle you’re stopping yourself from using so much plastic. Also, it’s way better for your health and it inspires you to drink more water! Personally, I bring my water bottle on holidays with me, and pretty much everywhere I go if I know I’ll be out for a while.

Bring your own plastic bags to the supermarket: This is also another easy way to cut down on plastic usage! Just remember to bring your own plastic bags to the supermarket instead of using the disposable plastic ones.

Save water and energy: When you don’t need lights, don’t use them! Or when you don’t need the air conditioning don’t use it! Also, try not to waste water when you’re brushing your teeth etc… These are really easy things to do, and not only are you helping the environment, but you’re also cutting down your water and electricity bills!

Say no to plastic cutlery: This one is really easy to implement. When you’re getting a takeout just ask them not to include plastic cutlery in your order (as most of the time you don’t even need this if you’re eating at home) and it’s just a waste of plastic that goes into landfills.

Don’t use plastic straws: This is another tip that is really simple to do, you could buy reusable straws made from metal (which is what I have) or just don’t ask for a straw when you’re out. It’s something really simple to cut down on and is great for the environment!

Use your voice: We all have a voice, and a way to speak out! Be a change maker who inspires others to do the same. Let your actions be positive ones, and others will follow in your path.

I hope that these tips are useful to you and that you start implementing them in your daily lives! If you can think of any other easy tips to be more sustainable let me know in the comments section and we can learn from each other.

Make sustainable choices and see you next week!

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