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10 Things YOU can do to Save our Planet

Sorry for my absence, I bought a run down 12m yacht in 2013, and since then have dedicated my life to fixing it up, living aboard and travelling the Pacific with my partner. I have started another website to reflect our life on the sea. Go to The Little Shipping Co. to find out more.

While going through my computer, and decluttering to make more space I found some blog posts I had written with the hope of finishing them off at a later date. The following is what I wrote with the aims of making a short film back in 2006. Life got in the way, and I never got around to making that film so here are my notes below (May be a little outdated!)

10 things you can do to save our planet

Its true. The proof is there that the planet is getting warmer at an alarming rate due to human activity. According to the IPCC (intergovernmental panel on climate change) we need a reduction of 60% by 2050 if we are to stabilise our climate and head off catastrophic effects. At this rate if we leave things to the politicians we might well have to wait for a catastrophe before we see any action. You may think little old you can’t make a difference, and that it is up to industry, big business and politicians to make change, but by making a lifestyle change you can cut your lifetime contribution to global warming by over 1000 tonnes of greenhouse gas… WITHOUT becoming a hermit or a hippy!

 

1. Plant a Garden.

By planting a vegetable garden, not only will you have the most nutritious fresh food at your fingertips, but you will connect with the earth just a little more and learn more about the planet and it’s intricate interwoven nature.

2. Don’t buy Made in China.

It may be cheaper but buying ‘Made in China’ supports the growth of China as a developing nation, yet they are still so poor so cannot afford to supply ‘clean’ energy so instead to support this rapid economic growth they are building old technology coal-fired power plants that emit tonnes of CO2 and acid-rain causing sulphur gas.

Would you prefer your health or money?

3. Buy Locally.

Instead support local businesses…

Importing goods from other places uses trucks, planes and other forms of transport that emit CO2. Buying locally not only supports the wellbeing of our own region or country’s economy but also abandons the need to use polluting forms of transport.

Eating locally can reduce food related greenhouse gas emissions by 90%.

4. Get out of the Car and on your Bike/Feet.

Using public transport cuts 60% of greenhouse emissions out of your travel.

Better still, biking or walking creates no carbon emissions at all!

…if not, change your driving habits or better still your car

5. Change your Driving Habits.

By driving 8 kms under the speed limit you save fuel and reduce emissions. Trade in your gas guzzler to a smaller-engined car, keep car serviced regularly and car pool and you can halve your greenhouse gas emissions.

6. Think About Your Appliances.

By choosing the most efficient appliances when you buy them, and using low-energy light bulbs you can lower emissions by 30%.

7. Support Renewable Energy Sources eg Wind, Water and Solar Power.

Do your research into which electricity providers use renewable sources of energy such as wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal and make the switch. Better yet get your own solar panels or go off grid.

8. The 3 R’s and 1 C.

R educe

R euse

R ecycle

C ompost

Reduce is the most important, so resist all those products and packaging you don’t need.

We are producing on average, 10 times our body weight in rubbish every year, and this rotting mass produces methane. Two thirds of household waste can be composted.

9. Dress for the Weather.

One of the easiest cheapest and fastest ways to cut back on your energy consumption is to reduce the amount of heating and cooling in your home.

40% of the greenhouse gases emitted from private homes come from climate control systems.

10. Avoid ‘Gassy’ Foods.

Eating less meat and dairy products means less methane-belching cows and sheep.

 

Not only will you be feeling ethically good about yourself but by easy lifestyle changes you can save the world from certain destruction.

 

There are many more things you can do to live a less destructive lifestyle, but these were the main 10 I came up with back in 2006.

I would love your comments with some of the things you are doing to help save the planet (and ourselves!)

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Creative Upcycling

We live in a throw away consumerist society. Once something that was made for a certain purpose comes to the end of it’s (usually short) life span as ‘something useful’, more often then not it is thrown away. It joins the forgotten others in the forever growing pile of waste that will exist in disregard.

The waste hierarchy refers to the 3Rs of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, which classify waste management strategies according to their desirability, and are meant to be a hierarchy in order of importance.

What is Upcycling?

A new term I have stumbled across, that isn’t even in my Oxford American Dictionary is ‘Upcycling’ which Wikipedia defines as

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value. The goal of upcycling is to prevent wasting potentially useful materials by making use of existing ones. Read More & Comment →

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