” We are living on the planet as if we had another one to go to. ”
– Terry Swearingen
Let me give you a little bit of context on why i’m writing about this today. So, every year an estimate is made of the day when Humanity will reach its limit of the sustainable use of natural resources available for whole year. This phenomenon is referred as the Overshoot day, meaning that the natural budget is finished and that we’re basically leaving off credit from the Planet Earth.
Now, somehow we’ve managed to reach the limit this month. It’s still August. How is it possible? How? Why? You may ask. The reason why is bluntly because we are a bunch of stupid inhabitants of this gorgeous planet. The Overshoot Day is telling us that we are pushing the planet’s boundaries so much and with such intensity, that is is urgent to change our habits for the good of humanity and its quality of life.
Scared yet? Well you should!
I’m in no way an expert about this, but i did my research a while ago when i travelled to Bali and saw the state of their seabed. So, watching the news on the day that we started to live off credit it just made angry about the whole situation.
Is it lack of awareness? Or we just chose to don’t care about it? I refuse to believe that the reason is just ignoring, so that’s why i’m writing this post. Let’s educate ourselves and make this Planet a better place to live in. In this post i’m gonna cover what are natural resources, what can we do to help the planet in regards to the natural resources but also to other thing ie: coral reefs, plastic usage and wastage and so much more.
What are Natural Resources?
The crude definition of Natural resources is basically resources that exist without the our help, meaning without mankind. On our planet, the natural resources are sunlight, atmosphere, water, land, minerals, all vegetation, crops and certain animal life.
We don’t give props to the Planet but actually, Nature is very clever. It produces things we “the supposedly clever and know it alls” can’t. It can make some resources renew themselves after we spoil and finish it.
There are many ways we could categorize natural resources, but i’ll just go through the basics.
There are a few renewable natural sources, such as soil, wood, water and sunlight. However, water is technically renewable, what that means is that we can only think of it as renewable in a short-term because the sustainability of it is questionable nowadays. One of the reasons behind it is that population is expanding at a super fast rate, and that means that a lot of pressure is being put on all our resources, even the renewable ones like water.
Non-renewable resources are quite self explanatory, they basically can’t renew themselves. A good example of it is coal, for burning oil to cook. Due to how easy it is to lose this natural resources, we’ve started hearing about the new ways like solar energy, tidal energy, and wind energy.
Can we help?
OH YES WE CAN!
There’s quite a lot we can do to help our planet, a few changes that can take us a while to get use to but those little changes can be huge on our planet on the log run. So, don’t give up! You’ll get there, it took me time to understand the impact i was having on the planet, and now here i am preaching about this.
As referred above some one of the biggest reasons why we are running out of natural resources is the growth of the planets population. Now that we can’t change right? But, if we all do our part in this planet we can the all enjoy it for a long time. For example in regards to water, no one is telling to not to drink water nor to take showers, but to be smart and when you do use water you use it consciously.
Now this is not just about water, there’s a lot more to it. But usually it is the easiest way to talk to people when trying to explain natural resources and what we can do to help.
I am known for making list, insane lists of things i need to do daily. I used to use paper to write them down, but a few months ago i went paperless and started writing on my windows and mirrors. Sounds crazy? Nah! I bought a “glass pen”, that i can simply write whatever i want of ny window that easily wipe it. Now i know what you’re thinking,! Girl, you’ll using paper to wipe it after. But nah! i bought a microfiber cloth that you can just wet it with warm water and use it on mirrors and windows. Cool isn’t it?
Look, you’re reading this post, right? Sooo, that means you have access to the internet, correct? There is no need for any of your bills or mail to be in paper form. A lot of companies nowadays give discounts to their customers if they chose the paperless bills. In my household, there isn’t a single bill that comes through our post. It becomes cheaper and hey one less round to the recycling bin.
Supermarket list? write them on my phone! Can’t go paperless? Not to worry as long as you recycle it in the appropriate manner. Don’t just throw it it in the bin.
Say no to plastic
These are changes i only made recently, but hear me out on this one. Last year when i went to Bali i’ve encountered so many plastic bags in the ocean you guys have no idea. Whilst in Bali i visited a Turtle Conservation Centre where i got to see the reality of some Sea turtles, unfortunately a lot of their problems were human made. Sometimes they cannot distinguish food from plastic and eat it while others get trapped in it.
It’s so sad, the state of it is so bad at the moment that Government officials in Indonesia declared a “garbage emergency” for the 100 tons of garbage that wash up on a daily basis. An guess where about this is? Oh only where all the tourists gather around, on beaches from Kuta to Jimbaran and Seminyak.
So having had my ranting moment, i only adopted this changes about a year ago. But hear me out on these ones because they’re not that hard. Get a reusable bag! Here in the UK and the rest of Europe, supermarkets and other stores charge their customers for plastic bag use. So you’d be saving money on the long run, plus these reusable bags aren’t expensive at all as you can buy them for a pound each.
We all drink water, right? But that doesn’t mean that we have to drink it from a plastic bottle. One plastic bottle can take hundreds of years to decompose, so why not using a reusable bottle? I’m one of those that don’t like the taste of tap water (don’t really know why) , so i bought a Brita to purify it and then i just pour into my reusable bottles. I have 3 sizes, 1 L, 750 mls and 500mls, The reason behind it is that if i’m running around all day i can only fit a 500 ml bottle in bag, if i’m at home i use my 1 L to keep track and if i’m off to the gym i’ll take my 750 ml which is easy to grab if am walking there.
Straws, they’re cute but… Nowadays you can get paper straws made of recycling paper, or you can get steel straws. Heard a lot of people saying that it tastes bad, but i can’t taste anything really, it’s just a straw. And you’re reducing the amount of plastic out there.
Donate your clothing, Furniture, books, etc
Decutlering wardrobes are a fun thing to do but be mindful of what and how you throw away things. Just last week, myself and my housemate donated a few bags of clothes and other bits and bobs to charity. Not every single thing can be sent to charity but they’ll accept a fair bit. When you’re decutlering or if you’re redecorating, just think to yourself: Can it be donated? Can it be saved? Recycled? I’m sure there’s something you can do with it besides just throwing it in the bin, well that should actually be your last resort.
There’s a website called icollectclothes.co.uk, it’s a hassle free charity donation where they collect things straight from your door, you can donate things like: Clothes (womenswear, menswear and kidswear); Paired shoes; Linen, bedding, towels, curtains; Accessories (bags, belts, hats, scarves etc); Books, DVDs, CDs and toys. There are plenty of charities to choose from in their website but you also have the option to donate in general not to a specific charity.
Make use of farmers markets
Farmers market are possible on of my favourite kind of markets, everything’s fresh, organic and naturally sourced. When buying in a farmers market you are not only supporting your locals, but you are also cutting demand for large companies. Big companies usually produce a lot more waste to the planet compared to the farmers who use composts.
Another plus side is that you’re also cutting down the amount of plastic too, since all the products that you buy at a market dont come prepackaged. With this one change, you’re solving so many other problems.
More veggies less meat
I am vegetarian, yes i no longer call myself a vegan, but that’s a story for another time. I am not here to convince you to become a vegetarian/vegan/plant based. I’ll just give you facts in regards to what it benefits in regards to the planet, i won’t even go into the health subject.
It takes an enormous amount of water to grow crops for animals to eat, clean filthy factory farms, and give animals water to drink. A single cow used for milk can drink up to 50 gallons of water per day—or twice that amount in hot weather—and it takes 683 gallons of water to produce just 1 gallon of milk. It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef, while producing 1 pound of tofu only requires 244 gallons of water.! (PETA)
More than 90 percent of all Amazon rainforest land cleared since 1970 is used for grazing livestock. In addition, one of the main crops grown in the rainforest is soybeans used for animal feed. (PETA)
These are just a couple of facts, but if you want to read more about this subject please head over to this link on PETA’s website.
This one i guess is a no brainer. There’s plenty of people in this Planet that have no access to drinkable water, so be mindful on how you waste it. Don’t just waste gallons and gallons of fresh potable water unnecessarily. Don’t worry if you can’t do everything, just pick a few. As long as you’re doing something, you’re helping!
Brushing our teeth is something that we do daily, so don’t let all that water go down the drain while you brush! Turn the water off while you brush your teeth, there’s no need to have it going as your not using it. The same thing goes for your hands and when you’re having a shower too, when washing/ using the soap turn off the water!
Now this one so cool and i bet a bunch of you didnt think of it, i know i didn’t! Instead of dumping your pasta water down the drain, try draining it into a large pot so once it cools down you can use it to water your plants. Isn’t that a good idea?
These are quite self explanatory: Don’t run the dishwasher with nothing in it; water your plants early morning, keep an eye to spot water leakages, cut showers short,install a low flow toilet and shower.
Since 2011-12 the overall household recycling rate in England has risen by just 0.7%. That’s shocking, it’s 2018 folks! Recycling is being taught in schools, so if lil kids know about it, then what’s happening to adults?
Let me tell you a lil story of how a can of coke hot my head because it wasn’t in the appropriate recycling bin. Someone thought it was extremely hard to walk 250 meters to put it in a proper bin and left it on the floor, so in wind England that can just flew straight into my head. Funny ah? It just goes to show the state of recycling here.
Not only here, you know, been reading all the statistics and i am honestly just shook and out of words! If you don’t recycle, c’mon dude it’s freaking 2018! There’s no excuses!
Adopt an animal
It’s so close to my heart! My dog is a rescue, unfortunately in Portugal on a daily basis animals are just left on the street. Reasons range from going on holidays and can’t take them, they don’t like them anymore, the animal chewed their shoe, because their owners couldn’t be bothered to neuter them and they had babies, well the list of excuses can go on and on and on.
Mine specifically was abandoned at 1 month old because the mother wasn’t neutered and the owners didn’t want the babies.I don’t know what happened to her brother and sisters, but she is the happiest dog ever, she’s now 9 years old.
So please people, don’t buy animals. Adopt them, there are thousands and thousands of pets that are waiting to get a family, a home and some comfort. Be sure to know that a animal isn’t something that you can dispose of, they’re real live beings, they’re not meant to be thrown away when you’re not happy to have them around anymore. So be conscious!
Ride a bike, if you can
The the title says “if you can”, and that’s because, funnily enough i can’t! Not kidding at all you guys, i actually can’t ride a bike. I was amazing on it when i was younger until i fell of a cliff while riding my bike, burned my arm and hit a tree, got so traumatized by it that till this day i can’t do it. I’ve tried loads of times after the incident, and i’d just bump into things because i was scared and would close my eyes and wouldn’t hit the break at all. Now you can laugh at it!
So if you can actually ride a bike, and work or shops arent that far and your city is bike friendly, then why not? It’s a win win, you get some exercise into your day and you also help the planet. Oh! And stay SAFE guys!!
When people see you making changes you’re already spreading awareness. They’ll see, question and therefore learn!
If their open to learning, why not start saying some facts about the planet and how they can help it out, or perhaps just share your findings. If you have children, nephews, if you’re a teacher well if you have any contact with children at all just spread the word. They are the best ones to learn and implement, and also make the adults do something too!
Together we are unstoppable, let’s save our beautiful Planet Earth!!