2019 is coming up. Time for those New Year's resolutions!
So it's the perfect time to make a pledge for 2019:
become a changemaker!
The Earth's declining health must be our most important concern next year, because our very lives depend on a healthy Earth.
Recently, a report was released by the world's leading scientists of the IPCC that we have exactly 12 years to turn climate change around. Our little planet is now warmer than at any time in measurable history! We have abused the Earth so much that it is now moving back to the hot state it was in 55 million years ago. And if it does, most of us, and our descendants, will die.
We have lost 50% of our biodiversity in the last 40 years. And it is predicted that a whopping 90% of the remaining animal species will be extinct by the end of this century.
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO? TAKE ACTION!!
Take the pledge and become a changemaker in 2019!
I have condensed the 12 years into 12 months, with 12 things you can do throughout the year to become a changemaker.
When you sign up, you will receive the list immediately, as well as monthly e-mails from me to help support you on your journey. I will be available for any questions, and for more personalized support, you can book yourself onto my one-to-one mentoring program! More info here.
The first week of every month, you can post about your experiences becoming a changemaker - the changes you're making, how you're inspiring others, etc... And at the end of the week, I will pick 1 person who shows the most commitment, and they will receive an eco-friendly gift for their efforts!
Thank you for doing your bit for the planet and all its inhabitants!!!
i pledge to become a changemaker!
The first call to action:
Post a photo of yourself on your Facebook and/or Instagram holding a paper that says, “I pledge to be a changemaker in 2019!” Like the one above!
This is a form of activism that will spark the attention of those around you. It is also a way of presenting the world with an urgent message, in a light way.
You can write a little bit about why you took the pledge, or what you’re going to start with from the list of 12 and why. You will receive the list of 12 things you can do this year when you take the pledge.
"Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water.
Don't sit this one out.
You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet."
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."
my experience of living sustainably
My approach to reducing my footprint and living sustainably on the planet is to lead a vegan, zero waste lifestyle.
Reducing our effect on the planet can simply mean realizing our choices make a difference.
When we start becoming aware of plastic and the role it plays in our lives, and of animal slaughter, the thought of finding alternatives can be overwhelming. Seeing with new eyes is always painful at first! It can seem very daunting to stand at a supermarket and see the rows of shelves piled with plastic packaged foods, or to eat out and find the only alternative to animal products is lettuce and tomato.
The shift to live sustainably just means to be mindful of our consumption and our waste, by doing WHAT WE CAN. It's better to do our little bit than to be overwhelmed by the enormity of the task and do nothing.
The reality is, few of us are living completely sustainably, growing our own food and weaving our own clothes. Most of us have smartphones and laptops and they're hardly zero waste...
For me, the 3 key ingredients in my vegan zero waste pot are to minimize, to be creative, and to stay positive.
The point is to simply do what we can with the resources we have.
Why Zero Waste?
"Each year, humans kill and cut up 60 billion animals, 60 billion lives, nearly 10 times the human population. In a single year.
Throughout the world, every second, 2,000 animals are being slaughtered to feed 7 billion people."
- Terra, 2015 (a visually stunning documentary that reflects humans' relationship with other species on Earth as humanity becomes more and more isolated from nature.
"We are running out of time and it's now incumbent upon all of us, all of you, activists young and old, to please get involved. Because the environment and the fight for the world's poor are inherently linked. The planet can no longer wait, the underprivileged can no longer be ignored.
This is truly our moment for action. Please take action."
- Leonardo Dicaprio at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival
10 WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR PLASTIC WASTE
"The best way to keep these ecologically-destructive petroleum products out is to use less. The environmentalist and chart-topper offers some simple, everyday ways to cut back."
1. Bag It
Bring reusable bags on every trip to the store.
2. Take Back The Tap
Instead of bottled water, use a reusable bottle or glass jar
and fill it at the tap.
3. Ditch The Zip
Store food in glass containers rather than zip-top bags.
4. Pack A Waste-Free Lunch
Get a lunch box and fill it, rather than buying a meal
sealed in plastic.
5. Drift Away From Plastic Packaging
Buy meat wrapped in butcher paper and keep veggies loose or in a reusable bag.
6. Reimagine Takeout
Bring your own containers and ask restaurant staff to use them to pack your food.
7. Straws Are For Suckers
When ordering, say, “No straw, please,” or carry your own stainless-steel straw.
8. Party Plastic-Free
Treat guests to reusable party ware or serve finger foods that don’t need utensils.
9. Clean Up Your Soap
Read labels and stop using products containing microbeads.
10. Get Active
Advocate for laws that make businesses accountable for the plastics they produce.