None of us can claim to have not heard of the climate emergency facing our planet! Whether it is the horrific news of Amazon wildfires or the worldwide Extinction Rebellion protests, this truly is the most existential crisis facing all of us. Environmental education and sustainability have been put right at the forefront of the way we do things from now on.
To this effect, I am in absolute awe of the most noticeable hero of our times – Greta Thunberg – the fearless 16 year old who has not only realised the folly of our current ways but decided to dedicate her life to this cause. Her actions have led to all of us sitting up and properly taking notice of the reality of climate change. And quite rightly, we are now calling it Climate Emergency.
All of this makes you wonder what you can do, doesn’t it? To be perfectly honest, it can get quite depressing too. We all wonder what we can do to join in the fightback? Sure, we can all recycle more, waste less, put the right waste in the right bin etc. But is it enough? What else can we do?
Luckily, I found a few things which we could all get on board with & quite easily too!
Plant for the Planet
I got really excited when my friend Matt told me about this initiative run by another young leader of our times. Felix Finkbeiner was only 9 years old when he started this in 2007. He was inspired by Wangari Mathai who planted 30 million trees in 30 years in Africa. Felix’s premise was simple: children could plant 1 million trees in every country of the world and thereby offset CO2 emissions all on their own!
This initiative managed to plant a million trees within just 3 years! Fast forward to 2018, the aim is now to plant a trillion trees across the world.
To make things even easier, they have released an app for both Android & iOS platforms!
So if you’re looking to offset your emissions or simply want to plant a tree in someone’s memory, there’s a handy way to do just that. All by using your smartphone!
The Great Green Wall of Africa
Now this sounds like a wall we can all get behind, right? This is not just an environmental project to tackle climate change, drought, famine but also aims to fight socio-economic hardships faced by the peoples of Sahel at the southern edge of the Sahara desert. The aim is to provide fertile land, reduce poverty, provide economic opportunities, improve food security etc.
Once completed, the Great Green Wall of Africa will be the largest living structure on this planet stretching from the west to east across the middle of the African continent.
You can join in and spread the word using social media and also donate by contacting them directly. All from the security of your home or office!
Free Trees for Schools & Communities from The Woodland Trust
If you’re looking for something much closer to home and want to get directly involved in your local communities, the Woodland Trust is giving away hundreds of thousands of trees! This is a great opportunity for kids to get involved with nature. It’s also a great way to meet new like minded people in your local community.
Switch to Ecosia
We’re all so used to “googling” things these days. It’s even a verb! But there’s a new kid on the block called Ecosia and it plants trees as well as gives you search results. Actually it’s not that new. It launched in 2009 but has steadily gained momentum in the online world.
Agreed, Ecosia lacks some of the features we’ve got used to but if environmental protection is your thing, then that is a small price to pay. Ecosia is powered by Microsoft Bing in the background so some of the drawbacks that you see in Ecosia are really those of Bing’s. Hopefully, over time things will improve.
But for now you could be planting trees simply by searching for things on the interweb!
So there you are, it’s not all gloom and doom out there even though it might feel like it sometimes. There are ways and means we can all get involved and start to make a positive change to our environment. Planting trees is a good start. The fact that there are so many ways of doing it are available from the comfort of your own home, it makes it that much easier.
Speaking of positive impact, did you know that Ethiqana works with Reforest The Web who plant 5 trees per transaction? We have two annual subscriptions for their services which equates to 120 trees per year.
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