Earth Day is a day for recognition and to channel our energy towards environmental issues that affect every individual. A day to inspire, motivate and encourage everyone to make small changes to their lifestyle which, will in turn create positive changes and take a step in the right direction to help preserve the goodness of our planet for years to come. It is easy to sometimes forget what a generous and bountiful planet we live on. Earth provides us with everything we need to survive and to thrive.
The Earth Day Movement
The Earth Day movement was started by Jon McConnell in 1970. Since it began, trees have been planted and attention has been given to environmental troubles that require consideration and a change in attitude.
Some of the medicine we use to heal ourselves graciously comes from the natural herbs and plants it gives in abundance. For instance, did you know that the plant, Madagascar Periwinkle (a gorgeous little pink beauty) has helped yield two types of drugs that help treat cancer?
The wonderful fact about this, apart from the millions of lives that our planet has helped save, is that there is still so much research to be done. Many plants have yet to be researched further for their medicinal compounds, leaving the future open to so many life changing discoveries.
So, it only seems right that we ourselves should help to heal the earth of its wounds and illnesses. We can all contribute a little each day to ensure we help look after this wonderful planet which has in turn given us so much and continues to each day. By preserving these ecosystems, it means we preserve the future of medicine and look after ourselves internally and externally.
The Importance of Trees
The simple shelter of a tree on a hot summer's day or from a rainy downpour are the small things that we often take for granted in our day to day life. When you're driving or walking down the street how often do you notice the trees that line your path? Whilst they do add an aesthetic quality to our neighbourhoods and cities, they provide us with more than you could imagine.
The more trees we have surrounding us, the more oxygen going out into the environment, the more oxygen, the less carbon dioxide, which is a large factor in global warming (especially if you live in an urban environment). They reduce noise pollution and absorb pollution whilst being effortlessly beautiful at the same time. On a whole... trees are pretty great.
Water in the UK is also something we often take for granted because of its easy accessibility. Open your tap and you have clean drinkable water whenever you need it. Yet as sea levels rise and the oceans absorb large amounts of greenhouse gasses, we often don’t consider the consequences that pollution and overuse has.
70% of the earth is covered by water and yet only 3% of this is fresh water and when you take into consideration how many non-marine living creatures rely on freshwater for their survival and what a key role water plays for food production, we soon start to realise the importance of water, not only for humans but our whole ecosystem. And as with any cycle, the more biodiverse our ecosystem, the cleaner water we can obtain.
So What Can We Do to Help?
At the end of 2015 the Paris Climate Agreement was negotiated to attempt to keep rising temperatures at bay and to help curb climate change. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t make a difference also. Here are just some of the ways that you can help:
- Think before throwing away food. Can it be saved for another meal? Will freezing it mean you can use it at a later date?
- Reduce the use of disposable plastic
- Buy locally and reduce your carbon footprint
- Cut down on meat
- When shopping, opt for a 'bag for life'
- Reduce use of throwaway cups
At Lucy Bee we use glass jars for our organic Coconut Oil. They can be reused and recycled as an additional bonus, a small movement, which has a large impact.
This leads us to a crucial factor that requires our attention. Helping to reduce the use of disposable plastics - billions of plastic that we chuck away every year, ends up in the ocean. Of the 300 million tons of plastic that is produced to make bottles, packaging and other products, only 10 percent is properly recycled and reused.
This problem threatens to affect humans and wildlife alike. So consider reducing the amount of plastic you use and consider switching to sustainable alternatives.
Meat Free Mondays
Diets that consume more animal protein leave a larger water footprint than a vegetarian diet. So consider cutting down on your meat, if we eat less meat then we can actively help towards the greenhouse gas emissions that the meat industry is responsible for. Over 36 billion tons are emitted, making up roughly 20% of the worlds greenhouse gas emissions. So try cutting down and having more meat free days, the earth will definitely appreciate it.
Compost Your Food Waste
Start composting. Consider in a whole year how much food is thrown away and help make a difference by turning your food waste into soil.
Recycle and dispose of it properly so that we can give it back to the earth by home composting, your garden will thank you for it in the end! By simply having an extra bin in your kitchen to dispose of food you can help prevent food waste ending up in a landfill site, where, is doesn’t decompose as most people would think, it actually releases the powerful greenhouse gas methane.
Reduce the Number of Throwaway Cups Going to Landfill
Rather than adding to the shocking 100 billion single-use cups that end up being discarded every year, why not try a Lucy Bee Eco Mug? Made from organic bamboo, this is a great alternative to paper cups and looks great too!
Appreciating Our Planet
The cause is growing every year and will continue to grow. It started off with millions of Americans and has now continued and spread with the help of 196 counties.
Earth Day is simply a way of showing appreciation towards nature and all that earth does for us. And with Earth Day falling at the end of April, with so much wildlife in bloom, why not go outside and take a deep breath of fresh air, take a walk through the woods and notice the quiet hum of the bumble bee, the emerging wildflowers and appreciate the beauty the earth has given us.
Join us in celebrating and take a step towards conserving and healing our planet.
About Lucy Bee
Lucy Bee is a lifestyle brand selling food, skincare and soap products all completely free from palm oil and with minimal use of plastic. Lucy Bee is concerned with Fair Trade, organic, ethical and sustainable living, recycling and empowering people to make informed choices and select quality, natural products for their food and their skin.