Blogs you need to follow

Blogs can be such a great source of information and on important topics such as helping the environment I think they are a great way to get across information in an interesting and casual way.

Before I jump into this blog post I just want to thank Keeley from https://thelongestroadtowalk.wordpress.com/ for helping me find some great blogs to follow and offering help since I started this blog. Please go check her out, she writes lifestyle posts and has some great pieces based on the environment.

  1. Old World New

Addie has some great posts about sustainable living, her posts are simplistic but informative, a great read.

2. A Lazy Girl Goes Green

Trudi has some amazing posts that feature a variety of sustainable changes we can make: green food, green travel, green beauty and so on.

3. Trash Is For Tossers

If the name of the blog itself doesn’t sell you already then Lauren and her site contributors informative posts will.

4. Sustainably Chic

Natalie’s post about sustainable fashion are a great way to help you re-think the way we shop but still enjoy the clothes.

Thank you so much for reading, please go check out all the blogs I’ve mentioned in today’s post.

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Organisations you should know about

With the state of the planet declining thank goodness there are organisations, big and small, doing their part to help our environment.

Green Alliance

Green Alliance is a charity and independent think tank focused on achieving ambitious leadership for the environment. Their projects involve in depth research and advocacy by our experts, often in partnership with other organisations and interests. 
They host Inside Track as a home for debate on UK environmental policy and politics. As well as offering their own views, this is a popular platform for perspectives from other leading commentators.

Their three core aims are:

  • to make the environment a central political issue;
  • to integrate the environment into public policy and decision making;
  • to stimulate new thinking and advance the environmental agenda into new areas.

Energy Saving Trust

Energy Saving Trust are a leading and trusted organisation helping people save energy every day. Their experts speak with millions of householders every year, deliver first class programmes for governments and provide consultancy to UK businesses and international companies.

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth stands with anyone who cares about the world we live in. They work with local groups, experts, business leaders and politicians and push for change on causes that matter to you:

  • Protecting your home and local environment.
  • Promoting safe and healthy food and water everywhere.
  • Supporting alternative energy solutions that can change the world for the better for everyone.

Keep Britain tidy

Littering on our streets is another contributor to the damage being done to our environment. Keep Britain Tidy works to reduce it. Through education and campaigning, they continuously spread the word that littering and waste is something that needs to be handled more efficiently and therefore reduce the risks on the environment.

Please check out any of the organisation for more information and if you’d like to get involved with any campaigns they are doing.

Everyday changes we can make

We can all do more to help the environment, doing small things consistently can make such a difference. So today’s post will give you guys some tips on small changes you can make to help the planet.

  1. Travel smart

Transport is one of the most polluting sectors in the UK. So if you could cut don how much you use your car then that can make an impact. Walking or cycling could replace shorter journeys where your car isn’t exactly necessary.

When it comes to travelling abroad, one short haul return flight can account for 10% of your yearly carbon emissions, and long-haul flights can completely determine your carbon impact. Using the Eurostar can extremely cut down your carbon footprint.

2. Eat smart

Food production is a major driver of wildlife extinction. What we eat contributes around a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions and is responsible for almost 60% of global biodiversity loss.

Farming animals for meat and dairy requires space and huge inputs of water and feed. Today, one of the biggest causes of forest loss is the expansion of agricultural land for animal feed production. Producing meat creates much more carbon dioxide than vegetables and grains.

Moving away from a meat-dominated diet can lower your impact on the environment. Not only that, but cutting down on meat and dairy products can reduce your weekly food bills. So cutting down on your meat and dairy intake could benefit you financially and benefit the environment.

3. Reduce your waste

Every product we buy has an environmental footprint and could end up in landfill. The impact of plastic pollution on our oceans is becoming increasingly devastating.

Recycling what we can reduces the amount of new materials we are making and upcycling is a creative way to reuse materials while creating something new.

It’s estimated that a third of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted. Do your bit by eating up leftovers and use any ingredients you have spare to make interesting meals. Try to waste as little food as possible, and try to compost the organic waste you can’t eat.

4. Style smart

Although fast fashion is great for finding the latest trend at an affordable price but at what cost? Unfortunately it causes
negative environmental impact, water pollution, the use of toxic chemicals and increasing levels of textile waste.

It takes around 1,800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to produce just one pair of jeans. For some perspective that’s more water than it takes to make a ton of cement.

What you can do to improve this problem, is to donate your old clothes to charity and make the most of charity shop to buy secondhand items or use sites such as Depop and Ebay to sell and buy secondhand items.

5. Clean up

Make sure you’re not littering and ensure that others around you are not littering either. If it is something you really feel passionate about you could volunteer for something like a beach clean up or just do one off your own back.

Please check out
https://www.wwf.org.uk/thingsyoucando for more information on changes we can make to help the planet

Pass on the plastic

Are you sick of slurping through paper straws that go to mush if you leave them in your drink for more than 5 minutes? Well my answer to that problem is suck it up or don’t use one. Because despite it being a little inconvenient it is a small step to cutting down on plastic. Before you continue with this post please watch this video.

This post will give you 5 simple swaps you could make:

1. Bamboo toothbrush

2. Metal reusable water bottle

3. Metal reusable straws

4. Reusable shopping bags

5. Shampoo and conditioner bars

Even if you just swap one or two things you are playing your part in improving the world around us.

The state of our planet

‘Global warming’ and ‘Climate change’ are terms I have been aware of since I was a young girl. At the age of about 6 I was an Eco warrior in primary school. Through that I learnt that the ice caps were melting and the world was warming up. I learnt recycling was important and turning the lights off when I left the room was a must. I still practise those things today but it is time I learnt more, more about what is going on right now, how the problem has progressed and how it will continue to worsen if we don’t take action.

This post is just to relay facts that I have found from other sources with much more knowledge so at the end of the post I will link all the websites/sources I got my information from if you’d like to research anything any further.

If we continue to produce, consume and power our lives the way we do right now, forests, oceans and weather systems will be overwhelmed and collapse. Our unsustainable way of produce such as agriculture, fisheries, infrastructure projects, mining and energy are leading to unprecedented biodiversity loss and habitat degradation, overexploitation, pollution and climate change. Due to this there is food and water scarcity and the quality of the air we breathe is declining. Every day it becomes clearer of what our unsustainable impact on the environment is doing. A destabilized climate generates more frequent and extreme weather. The last five years have been the warmest five-year period on record. Eleven of the last twelve years (1995 -2006) rank among the 12 warmest years in the instrumental record of global surface temperature since 1850. The Arctic warmed much faster than predicted and the UN estimates that in the last 10 years, climate-related disasters have caused $1.4 trillion of damage worldwide.Forests are under pressure like never before, through unabated deforestation.

Our oceans are under great stress as we dump plastic and toxic chemicals into the sea. We catch fish wastefully and in an unsustainable manner, with 90% of the world’s fish stocks being overfished. We’ve lost 50% of the world’s coral reefs in the last 30 years. Oceans can absorb about a thousand times as much heat as the atmosphere. Because of this they create a massive inertia in climate change, which delays its onset, but ensures that once it begins, it cannot be reversed in anything less than several centuries.

It matters because we can’t have a prosperous future on a depleted planet, and all signs are pointing to human activity driving the Earth to the edge.

What can the future hold:

  • Approximately 20-30% of plant and animal species assessed so far are likely to be at increased risk of extinction if increases in global average temperature exceed 1.5-2.5oC.
  • We will endure more intense and longer droughts.
  • 46 million people per year are currently at risk of flooding from storm surges, this number will only increase.
  • Just 1 meter of sea rise may eliminate an entire small island.
  • Hurricanes will become stronger.
  • The Arctic is likely to become ice free.
  • By 2100, which really isn’t that far off, in South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa, up to 145 – 220 million additional people could fall below the $2-a-day poverty line, and every year an additional 165,000 – 250,000 children could die compared with a world without climate change.

The equation is a simple one: we will not build a stable, prosperous and equitable future for humanity on a degraded planet.

Please if you want to continue your research check out the links below.

Sources used:

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/01/it-s-time-to-bring-our-planet-back-from-the-brink-together-now/

https://climate.nasa.gov/effects/

https://www.worldoceannetwork.org/won-part6/carem-wod-2014-4/thematic-resources-climate-change-facts-and-figures/

An Introduction

I’m sure by now most of us know that our planet is not in the best shape. But I don’t think many of us know the details of what our world is really suffering, myself included. Endless news articles with scary titles, tweets with figures we don’t pay attention, even pictures of cute polar bears wasting away just aren’t enough to grab some peoples attention.

So this blog will bring you along on the journey that I have decided to begin, on educating myself further on our planet and what I, and we, can do to protect and rebuild it.

So please feel free to get involved in the conversation in the comments below or over on my twitter @Protecttheplan2. Please offer any facts or tips you have on helping the planet and the environment around us.