Happy Earth Day! 3 Promises to Support Mother Planet
Here are 3 practices I’m implementing for prioritizing poor old Mother Earth...
PLUS links to SCM posts about them..
PLUS quotes that got me committed to changing my ways:
1. Eating Vegan Before 6pm- “According to the United Nations, 33 percent of arable land on Earth is used to grow feed for livestock. Even more, 26 percent of the ice-free terrestrial surface of Earth is used for grazing livestock. In all, almost a third of the land on Earth is used to produce meat and animal products.“ (Atlantic, Hamblin, 2017)
2. Only Buying Old Clothes- “... if current clothes consumption continues ‘...it will account for more than a quarter of our total impact on climate change by 2050’, chairwoman (of House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee) Mary Creagh told BBC News. ‘Three in five garments end in landfill or incinerators within a year - that's expensive fuel! Half a million tonnes of micro fibers a year enter the ocean. Doing nothing is not an option.’” (BBC)
-if you haven’t already, check out Poshmark— It’s got everything you’d ever need (including great basics) and will help you get rid of the things you don’t!
3. Researching the “Zero Waste” movement (reading this book, watching this video) and Trying My Darndest Not to Buy Plastic Stuff- “From the 1950s to today, 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been produced, with around half of it made since 2004. And since plastic does not naturally degrade, the billions of tons sitting in landfills, floating in the oceans or piling up on city streets will provide a marker if later civilizations ever want to classify our era. Perhaps they will call this time on Earth the Plastocene Epoch.” (NYTimes)
Oh, turns out... “Life Without Plastic is Possible, It’s Just Very Hard.”
I’d love to add to this list. Mom, what other ways are you going easy on the Earth?