It’s Earth month. Instead of just merely acknowledging it, why not do something that’s actually actionable not just for a day or for a month, but for lifetime. Start with one goal, walk the talk, then add as you get accustomed to your newfound lifestyle. For example,
1. Ditch plastic. The past weeks had been horrific for marine life. The carcass of a pregnant sperm whale got washed up in Sardinia, Italy, with over 40 pounds of plastic in its stomach, together with a lifeless fetus. In Davao, Philippines, a dead whale got washed ashore with over 80 pounds of ingested plastic (shopping bags, rice sacks). When I read these news, I got really teary-eyed and angry at the same time.
What you can do: recycle or reuse, bring your own shopping bag, don’t use plastic straws & utensils.
2. Re-think fast fashion. The fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world. Fast fashion is basically cheaply made clothes mostly manufactured from third world countries where child labor, unsanitary work conditions, health hazards, and cheap labor exist. Fast fashion means shorter life cycle for clothes which eventually end up in the landfill.
What you can do: shop second hand, opt for quality than quantity, be mindful of the clothing materials you wear. Do you know that polyester, a synthetic petroleum-based fibre is not biodegrable? it is cheap to produce it, hence most fast fashion use it as a material. Sadly, microfiber plastic like polyester is a major pollutant in the ocean. The fibers get eaten by the fish which ends in your plate eventually.
3. Go vegan. Truth: Animal farming produces more greenhouse gas than all the cars, planes, and transportation combined. By going vegan, you can reduce your carbon footprint by 73% (Univ. of Oxford, June 2018). You spare the animals from cruelty, you save the planet, you save your health (granting if you eat a well balanced whole food plant based).