Now is the (Earth) Hour
Imagine being handed the most precious thing in the entire universe, without which, human life would not be at all possible. General consensus would be to protect and cherish it with all you’re worth. Well, it seems like the homo sapiens didn’t get the memo. Because, when it comes to looking after Earth, we’re not really doing a great job of it.
The Industrial Revolution brought us many, many things: the steam engine, locomotive innovation, typewriters, photographs and batteries to name but a few. It undeniably paved the way for the countless things we use in our daily lives today. There’s even a decent chance that you’re reading this from the back of an Uber or the Gautrain on your battery enabled device while someone around you just took a selfie.
But unfortunately, as great as all these things are, the ramifications of them are equally as bad. Air pollution, climate change, overfishing, overflowing waste in oceans and landfills as well as deforestation can all be tracked back to industrialisation. It’s our responsibility to amend it.
Globalisation works hard but the WWF works harder. Their mission statement reads: “To stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity; ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable; promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.” As simple as that. And we all should assist where we can.
What started as a marketing event to raise awareness about climate change back in 2007, evolved into an annual global movement where more than 7000 cities around the world partake in switching off for one hour.
This year, Earth Hour has been scheduled for Saturday the 30th of March between 20:30 and 21:30 for South Africans. If you’re taking part, which we encourage you to, make it all the more special. Gather the kids and the rest of the family for a braai. Get giant marshmallows, available Woolworths or Pick n Pay Greenstone, and roast them over the flames for the hour while you squeeze in a scary campfire story or two.
But why stop there? Saving the Earth is not a once off errand but should be a fulltime commitment! Luckily, it is neither difficult nor expensive. Here are some unique tips in going “Green” in 2019:
- Switch Off
Just like the duration of Earth Hour, turn off none essential lights and appliances when they’re not in use. We find this one often forgotten and neglected, but it’s really easy to do. Lights use a fraction of the energy to turn on as opposed to staying on, so the myth of leaving them on to save power is completely and utterly false.
- Consider Home Composting
“Composting?” you ask? Composting is nature’s way of recycling. Composting biodegrades organic waste that is, food waste, manure, leaves, grass trimmings, paper, wood, feathers, crop residue etc. and turns it into a valuable organic fertilizer which is healthy for your garden and more importantly the environment. If you need a good how-to, we suggest to check this out:
3. The Last Straw
We can’t make a save the planet list in 2019 and not say something about the straws… By now you have probably experienced the unfortunateness that is a paper straw – our condolences. But it’s scary to think that every plastic straw you’ve ever used, is still in existence today. Possibly in the ocean. Which is why the straw outrage is in swing in the first place. If you can’t deal with the paper cylinders anymore, perhaps it’s time to invest in a metal, bamboo or glass straw to enhance your planet saving slurping experience.
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