This post is going to be a little heavy, but it’s something that HAS to be addressed now, because our planet as we know it, is on a serious fucking decline.
As shitty and awful as COVID-19 has been, it was also very needed to get people indoors & cars off the roads, factories and plants to stop pumping toxic pollution into our air, wildlife to roam freely and Mother Earth to just breathe.
But, after reading several articles and posts from conservationists, this may all be happening too late.
I was scrolling through instagram when I stumbled across the post below from one of my favorite conservation photographers, Paul Hilton, outlining, just how LITTLE time we actually have to reverse the extensive damage we’ve caused to this planet.
Reading that, I instantly felt like someone punched me in the gut and for just a second, I almost lost the good thoughts and hope that we can all make the change necessary to reverse this.
I try really hard to keep a positive mindset about whatever is going on, but I’m not going to lie when I say that the last 4 months have been especially difficult when it comes to my mental state.
How can every single person on this planet not be concerned with what’s happening and what’s going to happen to us in the next 20 years?
According to this source:
It wasn’t until last year that the world really got a clear sense of how much worse 2˚C (3.6˚F) would be than 1.5˚C (2.7˚F), after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report on the subject. Its findings were grim. Even 1.5˚C is likely to entail “high multiple interrelated climate risks” for “some vulnerable regions, including small islands and Least Developed Countries.”
All of those impacts become much worse at 2˚C. (The World Resources Institute has a handy chart; see also this graphic from Carbon Brief.) Severe heat events will become 2.6 times worse, plant and vertebrate species loss 2 times worse, insect species loss 3 times worse, and decline in marine fisheries 2 times worse. Rather than 70 to 90 percent of coral reefs dying, 99 percent will die. Many vulnerable and low-lying areas will become uninhabitable and refugee flows will radically increase. And so on. At 2˚C, climate change will be devastating for large swathes of the globe.
Baffling to me that we still have people who think climate change is a complete joke and not real.
All you gotta do is watch the news or look around to see it is v much happening.
Some people also just don’t even see WHY saving our oceans is important so below I’m sharing a few ocean facts & how they are actually crucial for our existence.
Love Our Oceans
+ The ocean provides over 50% of the oxygen we need and absorbs 1/3 of all carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.
So unless you don’t like breathing, we need to protect the ocean in order to protect us.
+ Only 2.5% of coral reefs are “actively” protected in marine parks.
We need healthy coral ecosystems because they are a source of food and habitat & nursery grounds for millions of species; they protect coastlines from storms and erosion; and are hotspots of marine biodiversity [ source ]
+ Oceans cover 71 per cent of the Earth’s surface, and they hold 97 per cent of our planet’s water.
+ They regulate the Earth’s climate.
+Oceans have therapeutic properties.
Ever notice how much more calm and peaceful you feel when you’re sitting in the sand just staring at or listening to the waves?
How We Can Help
+ Do your research on a company before purchasing. There are soooo many companies out there that are creating sustainable products, giving back in big ways to organizations helping the planet, and are doing their best to be as eco-friendly as possible.
I will be a doing a FULL post on my faves soon, but to name a few:
Pact, SandCloud, Pura Vida, Holistic Habitat, & Everlane.
+ Quit using single use plastic! This is such a biggie and should be a no-brainer. 8 million pieces of plastic enter the oceans DAILY.
So grab some cute reusable grocery totes/produce bags, and reusable water bottles, bring reusable straws with you to restaurants, decline plastic utensils when ordering out, bring your own to-go containers…
+ When choosing household cleaning or personal care products- make eco-friendly choices or buy from companies that are trying to minimize their impact on the planet.
I get bamboo toothbrushes from SandCloud, Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products, and am trying to swap shampoos and soaps to companies that don’t use packaging or come in recycled packaging, I also love my reusable cotton swabs from Lastswab.
+ Organize a beach or park cleanup in your neighborhood.
Obviously there are a ton more ways to beautify the planet, but those are a few of my faves.
Alright peeps, off to compile a list of my Plastic Free July swaps!
Share below any must haves you have, brands you love, or any other tips for how we can do better for our planet!